Southampton will travel to Stamford Bridge to play against Chelsea, who will hope to get back on track after back-to-back losses to Manchester City and Juventus. The Blues appeared unstoppable a week ago, but they were defeated 1-0 at home by City last Saturday and then by the same scoreline in Turin in the Champions League midweek. Here is our expert guess on Chelsea vs Southampton football prediction for the Premier League match of the season.
Earlier this week N’Golo Kante tested coronavirus positive and has been ruled out from the Blues squad.
For the past two games Chelsea has been without Mason Mount but he is likely to return for this match.
Given the short time between games, Thiago Silva should be rested. Trevoh Chalobah has a good opportunity to start here with Cesar Azpilicueta necessary at right-back due to the absence of Reece James.
After Marcos Alonso was sent off at half-time, Ben Chilwell will almost certainly make his first Premier League debut of the season.
Armando Broja wasn’t anticipated to start anyhow, but owing to the conditions of his loan agreement, he is ineligible here.
On the other hand, Southampton signed Chelsea’s Valentino Livramento outright, and he will start against his boyhood club.
Moussa Djenepo is fighting for a start and might take over on the left wing from Nathan Redmond. Stuart Armstrong and Theo Walcott have returned to training.
Chelsea vs Southampton Prediction
In the League Cup Southampton needed penalties to beat Sheffield United after three straight draws, and then lost 1-0 at home to Wolves last weekend.
Southampton should not be overlooked as they have previously drawn Manchester City and Manchester United this season.
Since 2015 Chelsea hasn’t lost three straight games and are the clear favorites.
After a difficult week, Chelsea need to bounce back. They should have too much for Southampton.
Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Rudiger, Christensen, Chalobah; Chilwell, Jorginho, Kovacic, Azpilicueta; Werner, Mount, Lukaku
Southampton possible starting lineup: McCarthy; Livramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Walker-Peters; Elyounoussi, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Djenepo; Adams, Armstrong
Our Prediction: Chelsea 2 – 0 Southampton
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