In-form Saints to provide huge test for Blues
The latest Super Sunday offering sees Southampton taking on Chelsea at St Marys’ Stadium. The two sides had mixed fortunes in their midweek EFL Cup games. A brilliant strike from Sofiane Boufal against Sunderland was enough to ensure that the Saints booked their quarter-final spot but Chelsea came unstuck at the London Stadium and were eliminated from the competition, going down 2-1 to West Ham United.
Goal projections – Southampton 1.18 Chelsea 1.45
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Team news & predicted starting line-ups for Southampton v Chelsea
Both managers rotated their squads in their respective league cup ties but more familiar names are expected to be restored to the starting line-ups for this one.
Antonio Conte is expected to stick with the 3-man defence against a dangerous Southampton attack that is boasting the best shots on target supremacy figures after the opening 9 gameweeks.
Southampton fantasy player to watch
Dušan Tadić has just one goal to show for his efforts so far this season, so much more is expected. The versatile Serbian international has an eye for a key pass, which was highlighted by the 14 assists he achieved last season.
Southampton team news
Jay Rodriguez, Matt Targett and Shane Long are all ruled out until November, while Jérémy Pied will not be back in action until next year, after undergoing knee surgery. Ryan Bertrand is closing in on a first team return.
Sofiane Boufal is pressing for a Premier League start but manager Claude Puel may stick with the same side that earned a creditable 1-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Predicted starting line-up for Southampton
Chelsea fantasy player to watch
Eden Hazard is Chelsea’s highest rated player on WhoScored and the Belgian winger has already scored 4 Premier League goals.
He is starting to show glimpses of the type of form that enabled him to be crowned PFA Player of the Year in 2014/15.
Chelsea team news
Cesc Fàbregas is still out injured, while Branislav Ivanović is lacking match fitness.
Skipper John Terry may have to settle for a place on the bench, with David Luiz marshalling Antonio Conte’s 3-man defence.
Predicted starting line-up for Chelsea
Can the Saints claim all 3 points to derail Chelsea’s title bid ?