It's Saturday afternoon action at the Bridge for the Blues this weekend as we host Southampton in the Premier League, and our build-up begins with all the key match stats and information...
Chelsea vs Southampton head to head
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen, Zouma, Chilwell; Jorginho, Kante; Pulisic (James 86), Havertz, Mount (Ziyech 71); Werner (Abraham 89)
Unused subs: Caballero, Tomori, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud
Booked: Chilwell 48
Scorers: Werner 15, 28, Havertz 59
Head coach: Frank Lampard
Southampton (4-4-2): McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Walcott, Ward-Prowse (c), Romeu (Diallo 87), Redmond (Tella 76); Adams (Long 86), Ings
Unused subs: Forster, Stephens, Valery, Obafemi
Scorers: Ings 43, Adams 57, Vestergaard 90+2
Manager: Ralph Hasenhuttl
Chelsea are seeking to avoid three successive defeats in all competitions for the first time since 2006.
Andreas Christensen won possession in the defensive third 11 times for Chelsea against Manchester City last Saturday, a record in a Premier League match this season.
The Blues have already had 10 different scorers in our five Premier League games this season, more than any other side (excluding own goals).
Premier League scorers:
Lukaku 3, Alonso 1, Chalobah 1, Havertz 1, James 1, Kante 1, Kovacic 1, Pulisic 1, Rudiger 1, Thiago Silva 1.
This season's Premier League stats
Most starts: A Armstrong, Livramento, McCarthy, Romeu and Ward-Prowse all 6
Most goals: Four on one
Most assists: Adams 1
Most clean sheets: McCarthy 2
Red cards: None
Southampton have failed to win any of their opening six league games of a season for the first time since 2009/10 in League One, and the first time in the Premier League since 1998/99.
Southampton’s only away Premier League win in 2021 was at Sheffield United in March. They have suffered 11 league defeats on the road since the turn of the year.
Southampton's defeat against Wolves means they remain one of five different Premier League teams yet to win in the league this season together with Norwich, Burnley, Leeds and Newcastle. It’s only the second top-flight campaign to see as many winless sides after six matches since 1964/65.
Southampton are one of just two sides (with Man City) yet to concede before half-time in the Premier League this season, with all seven goals against them coming in the second half.
Saints haven’t scored in the league for three games but have only conceded one in that time. Their last goal was a 96th-minute penalty equaliser by James Ward-Prowse on 28 August.
Premier League scorers:
Armstrong 1, Elyounoussi 1, Ward-Prowse 1 (pen), own goal 1
Tino Livramento is the first 18-year-old to start his side’s first six Premier League games of the season since Phil Jones in 2010/11 for Blackburn Rovers.
Armando Broja is ineligible to play due to the terms of his loan. In all competitions this season for Southampton he has started twice and come on as a sub in four games (238 minutes). His two goals both came against Newport in the Carabao Cup.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s record v Chelsea:
Southampton's last Premier League match
Sunday 26 September 2021
Southampton 0 Wolves 1
Team (4-4-2): McCarthy; Livramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Walker-Peters (Long 74); Elyounoussi, Romeu, Ward-Prowse (c), Redmond (Djenepo 64); Adams (Broja 64), A Armstrong.
Southampton's summer transfer window
Adam Armstrong - Blackburn
Armando Broja - Chelsea (loan)
Tino Livramento - Chelsea
Lyanco - Torino
Romain Perraud - Brest
Dynel Simeu - Chelsea
Thierry Small - Everton
Theo Walcott - Everton
Ryan Bertrand - Leicester
Angus Gunn - Norwich
Wesley Hoedt - Anderlecht
Danny Ings - Aston Villa
Alex Jankewitz - Young Boys
Mario Lemina - Nice
Michael Obafemi - Swansea
Jannik Vestergaard - Leicester
There are no suspensions.
In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one-match-suspension in the competition.
Premier League bookings list
Chelsea: Alonso 2, Rudiger 2, Christensen 1, Mendy 1, Werner 1
Southampton: Djenepo 2, Stephens 2, Walker-Peters 2, Livramento 1, Romeu 1, Salisu 1, Ward-Prowse 1
Referee and VAR
Referee: Martin Atkinson
VAR: Mike Dean
This will be Martin Atkinson’s first Chelsea match since our 1-0 win at Anfield in March. That was his only Blues game in the Premier League since the goalless draw against Man Utd at Old Trafford last October.