With the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we recall some of our past meetings with the Saints...
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Chelsea are seeking a seventh successive league victory over Southampton for the first time.
The Saints’ maiden voyage in the top tier at Stamford Bridge actually took place 51 years ago this month on 7 January 1967. Tommy Docherty’s side got the better of Ted Bates’ team by four goals to one. Tommy Baldwin scored twice along with John Boyle and Bobby Tambling to notch up a 4-1 win. Dennis Hollywood hit Southampton’s late consolation past Peter Bonetti, who was making his 250th league appearance since 1960.
Last season in December 2017 it was Mauricio Pellegrino in charge of the south coast side, and they were beaten by a brilliant Marcos Alonso free-kick, curled past Fraser Forster.
For the previous season, Chelsea’s sixth title win, it was Claude Puel at the Saints’ helm. It was to be an action-packed April evening in west London as the Blues surged seven points clear of second-placed Spurs. Relive the six-goal thriller here.
An injury-time goal by West Brom in a 2-2 draw on 2 January 1978 clipped Chelsea players’ Christmas bonus payments from £300 to £250 – they were on £50 a man per point and managed five points from four games in eight days.
Southampton’s last win at the Bridge came in October 2015 when Ronald Koeman was at the helm. Willian opened the scoring but goals from Steven Davis, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle secured the points for the Saints.
LAST SEASON’S CORRESPONDING MATCH
Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 4-0 Southampton - 24/11/1973, 01/05/2004
Chelsea 2-6 Southampton - 02/09/1967