Chelsea have won eight of our past nine home games and are looking to add victory at the Bridge this weekend. We build up to Saturday's outing with plenty more statistics related to the game...
Southampton’s victory at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day in our last meeting was their first against Chelsea in league and cup for over four years. The Blues had won eight and drawn one of our previous nine meetings.Our visitors are looking for successive league wins at the Bridge for the first time since March 1985 in the old First Division.In all competitions, Southampton will be looking to win back-to-back games against Chelsea for the first time since December 1993.
Marcos Alonso scored the only goal the last time we beat the Saints at the Bridge in December 2017.
Biggest league win for each team
Chelsea 4-0 Southampton 1973/74, 2003/04Southampton 5-0 Chelsea 1968/69Southampton’s biggest league win at Stamford Bridge: 6-2 in 1967/68
Last season’s corresponding game
CHELSEA 0 SOUTHAMPTON 2Premier League, Stamford Bridge, 26.12.19, 3pm
Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Arrizabalaga; Rudiger, Zouma (Mount h/t), Tomori; Azpilicueta (c), Kante, Jorginho, Emerson; Hudson-Odoi (Pulisic 67), Willian (Pedro 84); AbrahamUnused subs Caballero, Christensen, Barkley, BatshuayiHead coach Frank LampardBooked Jorginho 57, Kante 61, Tomori 61
Southampton (4-4-2) McCarthy; Soares, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Armstrong (Romeu 86), Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg (c), Redmond; Obafemi (Ings 69), Adams (Boufal 79)Unused subs Gunn, Yoshida, Vestergaard, DansoManager Ralph HasenhuttlBooked Bertrand 29, Boufal 90+4Scorers Obafemi 31, Redmond 73
Referee Jon MossAttendance 40,651
Frank Lampard’s side have won eight of our past nine games in all competitions at Stamford Bridge, seven with a clean sheet. Liverpool against a 10-man Blues in September was our only defeat in that run.Since the start of 2019/20, no team (apart from the three promoted sides) have conceded fewer home Premier League goals than Chelsea (18 in 21 games).Seventy-six per cent of our goals this season have come in the second half.Olivier Giroud has had a hand in five goals (four goals, one assist) in his last four Premier League games against Southampton.
If fit and selected, Edouard Mendy will be aiming for a second successive Premier League clean sheet in his first two league games to become the first keeper to achieve this since Petr Cech, (who also joined us from Rennes) in 2004.
Premier League scorers
Jorginho 3 (3 pens), Zouma 2, Abraham 1, Chilwell 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, James 1, Mount 1
Olivier Giroud’s next start will be his 50th in a Chelsea shirt in all competitions.Ben Chilwell made his 100th career appearance in the Premier League against Crystal Palace.
Last seasonPremier League - 11thFA Cup - fourth roundCarabao Cup - fourth roundTop scorer all competitions: Danny Ings 25
Most appearances: Ings 38, Ward-Prowse 38, Bednarek 34Most goals: Ings 22, Armstrong 5, Ward-Prowse 5Most assists: Redmond 4, Armstrong 3, Stephens 3, Ward-Prowse 3Most clean sheets: McCarthy 7, Gunn 2
Southampton have won two of their last 11 Premier League away games in London (one being at Chelsea last season), losing seven.Danny Ings was involved in every Premier League game for Saints last season and scored 43 per cent of the team’s goals. He has scored three of Southampton’s five league goals this season.Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have won eight of their past 13 away Premier League games in a run that started on 21 December.Having lost their first two Premier League games this term to Crystal Palace and Tottenham, they have won the last two against Burnley and West Brom.
Southampton are hoping for a third successive Premier League win for the first time since May 2016 when they won four in a row when Ronald Koeman was in charge.Southampton have faced 29 shots in the Premier League this season so far this season, fewer than any other side in 2020/21.
Premier League scorers
Ings 3 (1 pen), Djenepo 1, Romeu 1
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s managerial record against ChelseaWon: 1Drawn: 1Lost: 1
Southampton’s last Premier League game
Sunday 4 OctoberSouthampton 2 West Brom 0Team 4-4-2: McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse (c), Romeu, Djenepo (Redmond 55); Adams (Long 84), IngsBooked: Djenepo, Walker-PetersScorers: Djenepo 41, Romeu 69
Southampton’s major summer moves
INSIbrahima Diallo - BrestMohammed Salisu - Real ValladolidTheo Walcott - Everton, loanKyle Walker-Peters - Tottenham
OUTSSofiane Boufal - AngersGuido Carrillo - ElcheWesley Hoedt - Lazio, loanPierre-Emile Hojbjerg - TottenhamMario Lemina - Fulham, loanCedric Soares - ArsenalMaya Yoshida - Released, now Sampdoria
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 listChelsea: Alonso 1, Azpilicueta 1, Christensen 1, James 1, Kante 1Southampton: Walker-Peters 2, Adams 1, Bertrand 1, Djenepo 1, Romeu 1, Stephens 1
Referee and VAR
Referee: Robert JonesVAR: Mike Dean
Michael Jones is the official for his second Premier League match. Brighton v Sheffield United last December was his first. He has progressed quickly as in 2015/16 he was refereeing in the National League. This will be his first Chelsea appointment.
Remind yourself here what happened statistically in our most recent game