Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Trevoh Chalobah and Ben Chilwell start for Chelsea today as Thomas Tuchel makes five changes to his line-up from the midweek loss in Turin.

The boss has switched half of his outfielders in response to back-to-back defeats. Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi are the other fresh faces, with Mason Mount on the bench.

It is Loftus-Cheek’s first league start for us since September 2020, and Chilwell’s first league start of the season.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Mendy; Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta (c), Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Chilwell; Werner, Lukaku, Hudson-Odoi.

Subs: Kepa, Alonso, Christensen, Barkley, Jorginho, Saul, Havertz, Mount, Ziyech.

Southampton (4-4-2): McCarthy, Livramento, Salisu, Bednarek, Walker-Peters, Tella, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Walcott, Armstrong.

Subs: Forster, Lyanco, Perraud, Armstrong, Diallo, Elyounoussi, Djenepo, Long, Adams.

The referee is Martin Atkinson