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Southampton face off with visiting opponents Chelsea at St. Mary's Stadium in this Premier League meeting on Saturday.
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Southampton will be hoping for a better result after the 1-2 Premier League loss in their previous game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
In that match, Southampton managed 51% possession and 7 attempts at goal with 3 on target. The scorer for Southampton was Danny Ings (25'). Wolverhampton Wanderers got 10 shots at goal with 4 on target. Rúben Neves (53') and Pedro Neto (66') scored for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent times that Southampton have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The facts show that The Saints have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 games, letting in 18 goals on the way.
Pre-game facts show that Southampton:
- haven't lost in the league to Chelsea in their last 2 games.
- have not won at home in their last 3 matches in the league.
Chelsea come into this meeting after a 2-0 Premier League win vs Newcastle United in their last outing.
In that game, Chelsea had 65% possession and 18 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. For Chelsea, goals were scored by Olivier Giroud (31') and Timo Werner (39'). Newcastle United got 10 shots on goal with 4 of them on target.
The trend of at least one team drawing a blank in games featuring Chelsea has become noticeable of late. Looking at their last 6 meetings reveals that it’s occurred 5 times. During those clashes, their opponents have managed a goal total of 1 and The Blues have scored 8. That trend isn’t assured to be carried forward into this game, of course.
Their previous form shows that Chelsea:
- remain undefeated by Southampton when they have played them away from home in the previous 7 league games. A very good run of results for them.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Looking at their most recent head-to-head meetings dating back to 22/04/2018 tells us that Southampton have won 1 of these & Chelsea 3, with the number of drawn results standing at 2.
An aggregate of 18 goals were scored between the two sides in these games, with 6 from The Saints and 12 for The Blues. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.
The previous league meeting between these clubs was Premier League match day 5 on 17/10/2020 when it finished Chelsea 3-3 Southampton.
That day, Chelsea had 52% possession and 11 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. The goalscorers were Timo Werner (15', 28') and Kai Havertz (59').
On the other side, Southampton got 13 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. Danny Ings (43'), Che Adams (57') and Jannik Vestergaard (92') scored.
The match was refereed by Peter Bankes.
Team News: Southampton
Will Smallbone (Knee Injury), Ibrahima Diallo (Knock), Theo Walcott (Hamstring Injury), Michael Obafemi (Knock) and Sam McQueen (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) are unavailable for S'hampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl.
Team News: Chelsea
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has to choose from a squad that has some fitness concerns. Charly Musonda Jr. (Knee Surgery), Tammy Abraham (Ankle Injury) and Thiago Silva (Thigh Problems) are names that won’t be on the team sheet.
We’re of the view that Southampton could well find it tough to score goals against this Chelsea side who we think will likely get the vital goal that wins it.
With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a good tussle with a 0-1 winning score for Chelsea after 90 minutes.
It should be a good one.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: St. Mary's Stadium (32,384)
Captain: James Ward-Prowse
Chairman: Gao Jisheng
Manager: Ralph Hasenhüttl
Competitions: Premier League position 13, FA Cup (Sixth Round)
🔑 Key Man: James Ward-Prowse
Typically playing in the Right Attacking Midfielder position, James Ward-Prowse was born in Portsmouth, England. Having made a first senior appearance for Southampton in the 2012 - 2013 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has struck 5 league goals in this Premier League 2020 - 2021 season to date in 23 appearances.