Chelsea will welcome Southampton to the Stamford Bridge today after they dispatched Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 in the FA cup at the weekend to qualify for the final.
This is probably the wrong time to play the Blues as they will be high in confidence and will want to further pull away from Spurs. Four points separate both teams with Chelsea having 75 points while Spurs have 71.
For tonight’s match, Antonio Conte is expected to recall Diego Costa and Eden Hazard after he used them as second half substitutes in the FA Cup semi-final win. Also, Chelsea Captain, Gary Cahill has returned to training after he recovered from gastroenteritis.
On the other hand, Southampton has not performed poorly even though they lost their last match 0-3 against Manchester City. Nonetheless, they are 9th on the log with 40 points. Fortunately for them, midfielder, Oriel Romeu is back to face his former side after he completed a two-match ban.
Commenting, Chelsea’s coach, Antonio Conte said: “I have in my mind the starting 11 but I still want to check very well the physical consideration of every single player as our last game was an intense one and used energy. But we have trained very well this season and we have a lot of energy to face this type of situation.
“It is important for us to win and look at ourselves, but we all know that tomorrow it won’t be easy because Southampton is a very good team with a good coach and good players.”
On his part, Claude Puel, Southampton manager briefly said: “They are a fantastic team that wants to win the title, but for us as well, it is important to take points.”
- December 2014: Southampton 1-1 Chelsea
- March 2015: Chelsea 1-1 Southampton
- October 2015: Chelsea 1-3 Southampton
- February 2016: Southampton 1-2 Chelsea
- October 2016: Southampton 0-2 Chelsea
- Chelsea has only lost two of the 16 meetings between the clubs since 2002 (W9, D5).
- Chelsea has only won three of their last eight Premier League matches against Southampton at Stamford Bridge and lost last season’s fixture 3-1.