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Southampton vs Chelsea: MPL Preview, Predictions and Fantasy team

Southampton will host Chelsea in Matchday five of the Premier League 2022-23 at the St. Mary’s Stadium in the early hours of Wednesday in India.

Under the tutelage of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, Southampton will look to bounce back after suffering a 0-1 defeat against Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United in their previous Premier League fixture at the St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.

The Saints have made an inconsistent start to their ongoing Premier League campaign, registering one win, one draw and two losses. With just four points from as many games, Southampton are currently placed 13th in the Premier League 2022-23 standings.

On the other hand, Chelsea will head into the Southampton encounter high on confidence after beating Leicester City 2-1 at the Stamford Bridge in the last Premier League fixture on Saturday.

New summer signing Raheem Sterling and young midfielder Conor Gallagher scored one goal each for Chelsea. For Leicester, Harvey Barnes netted the solitary goal.

Led by manager Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea have registered two wins, one draw and one loss in their four matches in the ongoing Premier League edition. The Blues are currently placed sixth in the Premier League 2022-23 standings with seven points from four matches.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are expected to complete the signing of Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana for around £70m. The five-time Premier League champions have already roped in the likes of former Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, ex-Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella. The Blues are also hoping to bring in FC Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Everton forward Anthony Gordon before the summer transfer window shuts down on September 1.

SOU vs CHE, Premier League 2022-23

Date: 31st August 2022

Time: 12:15 AM IST

Venue: St Mary’s Stadium

FORM GUIDE:

Southampton Premier League form:

  • L, W, D, L

Southampton form (all competitions):

  • L, W, W, D, L

Chelsea Premier League form:

  • W, L, D, W

Chelsea form (all competitions):

  • W, L, D, W, W

Southampton vs Chelsea head-to-head in Premier League

Chelsea have dominated Southampton in the Premier League, winning 26 of the 46 matches that they have played so far. Southampton have secured just nine victories. 11 matches have ended in draws.

In their last five meetings in the Premier League, Chelsea have won two matches while Southampton have managed one victory. Two matches have ended in stalemates.

The last time these two sides met at the St. Mary’s Stadium, Chelsea thrashed Southampton 6-0, earlier in April this year.

Southampton wins: 9

Draws: 11

Chelsea wins: 26

Southampton vs Chelsea

Team News

Southampton Team News 

Ahead of the Chelsea fixture, Southampton have no major injury concerns and are expected to field the same playing XI that played against Manchester United on Saturday.

Centre-back Armel Bella-Kotchap, who suffered some kind of muscle injury during the second half, is expected to start against Chelsea.

However, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl could bring in Stuart Armstrong to control the tempo of the midfield.

Chelsea Team News 

Chelsea will miss the services of their last match’s goalscorer Conor Gallagher, who will serve a one-match ban after picking two yellow cards against Leicester.

Star defender Kalidou Koulibaly is expected to return to the starting XI after missing the Leicester game due to his own suspension. Trevoh Chalobah could retain his place following an impressive showing against the Foxes.

Meanwhile, Ben Chilwell could replace new summer signing Marc Cucurella at left wing-back position.

The likes of Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic are expected to be on the bench and could make an impact in the second half.

Southampton possible starting lineup vs Chelsea:

Gavin Bazunu (goalkeeper); Kyle Walker-Peters, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Mohammed Salisu, Moussa Djenepo; James Ward-Prowse, Roméo Lavia; Adam Armstrong, Joe Aribo, Mohamed Elyounoussi; Che Adams

Chelsea possible starting lineup vs Southampton

Édouard Mendy (goalkeeper); Trevoh Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Kalidou Koulibaly; Reece James, Jorginho, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ben Chilwell; Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Raheem Sterling

Predictions

Chelsea will look to continue their decent form against a struggling Southampton outfit on Wednesday after securing three valuable points against a formidable Leicester side. 

Furthermore, the Blues hammered the Saints 6-0, the last time they clashed at the St. Mary’s Stadium and will start as clear favourites to bag maximum points from the fixture.

Southampton, on the other hand, will need to bring their A-game if they are to upset Chelsea and clinch a crucial victory.

Going by recent form and past head-to-head record, Chelsea are expected to claim another win against Southampton away from their home.

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