Premier League action returns to Stamford Bridge on Saturday as Southampton make the trip to West London.

The two-week international break has been a mixed bag for the Chelsea players representing their countries.

Reece James shone for England despite defeat to Denmark, and Blues duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner were both on the scoresheet for Germany against Switzerland.

However, James’ Three Lions teammate Ben Chilwell withdrew from the England squad due to a niggling foot injury and newly-signed goalkeeper Edouard Mendy suffered a thigh strain whilst on duty with Senegal.

N’Golo Kante also picked up a knock whilst away with France, but Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will be pleased that forward pair Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech are back in contention after layoffs.

Opponents Southampton head to Chelsea off the back of victory over Burnley last time out in the Premier League, confident in knowing that they had one of the best away records in the division last season – including 3 points at Stamford Bridge.

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl will be aware though that Chelsea have strung together a decent run of form at Stamford Bridge lately – the Blues conceding the fewest home goals of any Premier League side across the last two seasons.

The Saints boss won’t have new boy Mohammed Salisu available for the trip though, as the centre back hasn’t recovered from injury in time to feature.

Stuart Armstrong is also unavailable after testing positive for coronavirus, but Theo Walcott could make his second Saints debut in place of injury doubt Moussa Djenepo.

Chelsea v Southampton at Stamford Bridge is a 3pm kick off on Saturday 17th October.

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