Chelsea v Southampton : English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 16-10-2020 8:50 am (5 months ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
- at 16-10-2020 08:50 AM (5 months ago)

Date :Saturday 17th October,2020
Time: 3:00pm
Stadium Stamford Bridge
Referee Robert Jones (England)

Goal Scorer:

Team News:

Chelsea are sweating over the fitness of two of their summer signings ahead of this match, with Mendy picking up a thigh injury during his time away with Senegal and Chilwell not featuring at all for England in the end due to a foot problem.

While Mendy looks likely to miss out, Lampard is hopeful that Chilwell will recover in time as an added boost to his squad with a number of other players also returning.

Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech are both now available after missing the opening weeks of the season through injury, with the latter set to make his debut for the club.

The duo's return leaves Lampard with a selection dilemma up front as Timo Werner, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi also push for the forward places.

Tammy Abraham will hope to lead the line from the start again, but Olivier Giroud could be an option off the bench having netted seven times against Southampton before, the last four of which have all come as a sub.

There are also decisions to be made elsewhere with Mateo Kovacic pushing for a return but Jorginho having scored three times already this season - just one short of his final tally for the whole of 2019-20.

N'Golo Kante picked up an injury on international duty which saw him miss France's win over Kovacic's Croatia on Wednesday, though, which could lend itself to a straight swap between the pair.

If possible, Lampard may choose to stick with the same back four that kept a clean sheet against Crystal Palace, which would mean no start for England's newest debutant Reece James or Antonio Rudiger, who ultimately stayed at the club on deadline day.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell; Jorginho, Kovacic; Mount, Havertz, Pulisic; Werner
Chelsea Premier League form: WLDW
Chelsea form (all competitions): WLWDLW

Southampton are not quite blessed with as many selection headaches, with Stuart Armstrong ruled out after testing positive for coronavirus.

New signing Mohammed Salisu is yet to feature as he recovers from injury, and this match will also come too soon for the centre-back.

There could be debuts for deadline day arrivals Theo Walcott and Ibrahima Diallo, with the prodigal son Walcott in line for his second debut for the club from the start due to the absence of Armstrong and injury doubt Moussa Djenepo.

Danny Ings will lead the line, having wasted no time in picking up where he left off last season with three goals in his four league games so far, while Nathan Redmond could make his first league start of the season.

Southampton possible starting lineup:
McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Walcott, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Redmond; Ings, Adams
Southampton Premier League form: LLWW
Southampton form (all competitions): LLLWW

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Southampton

Posted: at 16-10-2020 08:50 AM (5 months ago) | Hero