Chelsea will look to bounce back from consecutive defeats this weekend when they face a Southampton side still awaiting their first 3 points of the new Premier League season.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side were beaten at Stamford Bridge last weekend by title rivals and defending Premier League champions Manchester City, with Gabriel Jesus’ strike proving decisive.
They followed up that defeat with another loss, this time in the Champions League, where a 1-0 defeat to Juventus in Turin left Tuchel puzzled at what he called a ‘strange’ performance.
Despite defeats to two top quality outfits in their last two matches, the formidable aura surrounding Chelsea may have been dimmed as a result.
However, the Blues are still in the upper throes of the table, sitting third heading in to this clash with Southampton.
16th placed Saints are one of 5 teams yet to win in the Premier League this season, along with Newcastle United, Leeds United, Burnley and Norwich City.
Despite the lack of a victory, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have drawn 4 times in their opening 6 games, taking points from Manchester United, Manchester City and West Ham in that time.
Last week’s 1-0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers though will have disappointed the South Coast side, who saw Wolves leapfrog them with the result.
Southampton’s Tino Livramento has impressed since his arrival at St Mary’s and will face his former club if selected this weekend – striker Armando Broja meanwhile won’t play as he is on loan from Chelsea and is ineligible to face his parent club.
Fitness wise, Jack Stephens is ruled out, whilst Theo Walcott is back in contention and Stuart Armstrong is closing in on a return from a calf complaint.
Chelsea were without Mason Mount against Juventus, but the England midfielder may return to the fold for Thomas Tuchel against Saints.
Christian Pulisic, Reece James and N’Golo Kante all remain missing for the Blues this weekend at Stamford Bridge.