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Southapton vs Chelsea | Premier League, Match Prediction

Chelsea travel to Southampton in an attempt to remain unbeaten in the Premier League and try to get back to winning ways. Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea are the only unbeaten English team in all competitions and the Flamboyant Italian Coach will be looking to get all 3 points when the Blues travel to the St. Mary’s stadium. Chelsea had a decent 1-0 win in the Europa League which incidentally ended Alvaro Morata’s Goal Drought while in the Premier League they were solid in a 1-1 draw against Liverpool. Southampton have failed to register a win in their last 3 Premier League games and are languishing at 16th place on the Premier League Table. 

The Saints will be desperate for a win in order to get their Season started but they will have to get past the in-form Blues at the St. Mary’s Stadium. 

Team News

Southampton- Striker Shane Long returns to full fitness after being ruled out with a toe Injury and Midfielder Mohamed Elyounoussi has also returned to full fitness. There are no fresh Injury concerns for Mark Hughes’ side but the Saints will be in desperate need of scoring goals after failing to find the back of the net for over 180 minutes in the Premier League. 

Predicted XI: McCarthy, Soares, Vestergaard, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, Lemina, Redmond, Hojbjerg, Ings, Austin

Chelsea- Chelsea don’t have any Injury news with Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek back to Full fitness. Maurizio Sarri made eight changes to the usual Premier league Lineup during the Midweek Europa League Fixture, with the likes of Olivier Giroud, N’Golo Kante, and Cesar Azpilicueta getting some much-needed rest. Eden Hazard is expected to return to the Lineup, While Sarri may give Alvaro Morata another shot in Southampton considering the Spaniard just ended his dry spell. Summer Signing Jorginho is also expected to replace Cesc Fabregas in the Lineup.

Predicted XI: Kepa, Alonso, Luiz, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, Hazard, Morata, Willian

Key Players

Southampton- Danny Ings

The Liverpool Loanee has been banging in the Goals for Southampton and is their Highest Goalscorer with 3 Goals in the Premier League this Season. Ings had a tough time at Liverpool with Injuries but has looked a completely different man at Southampton. He will need to come good if Southampton are to force a result.

Chelsea- Eden Hazard

Chelsea’s key player, no points for guessing, is Eden Hazard. The Belgian has been on fire this Season and is the top-scorer in the Premier League with 6 Goals. It goes without saying that Hazard will be instrumental in Chelsea’s success not only in this Game but for the remainder of the Season as well.

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