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    Match Pack: Chelsea v Saints

    Can Saints make it three Premier League wins in a row as they travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday? Get the lowdown with our Match Pack, in association with eToro…

    THE MATCH

    Chelsea vs Southampton
    Stamford Bridge
    Premier League
    Saturday 17 October, 3pm BST

    THE OFFICIALS

    Referee: Robert Jones
    Assistants: Darren Cann, Mark Scholes
    Fourth official: Martin Atkinson
    VAR: Mike Dean
    Assistant VAR: Peter Kirkup

    WHICH KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?

    Saints will be wearing their white with red trim third kit for the trip to London.

    HOW TO WATCH

    Saints fans will need to purchase the game from the BT Sport Box Office at a cost of £14.95. You do not need to have a BT Sport subscription to avail of this service.

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    Saints last wore the third kit in the 1-0 win against Burnley. Photo: Matt Watson

    WHAT’S AT STAKE?

    After going into the International break with two wins on the bounce, Ralph Hasenhüttl will be hoping that his side can continue their run of form.

    They’ll also be reminding themselves of Boxing Day last year, when goals from Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond gave them a priceless three points as Saints turned their season around.

    Chelsea currently sit in seventh, just one point ahead of Saints, with two wins, a draw and a defeat to their name.

    Their last league outing saw them put four past Crystal Palace without reply and put three past West Brom in the game before that, although that ended as a draw.

    After a big transfer window, they’re still waiting for German summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to click. However, the pair did assist each other as both scored in Germany’s 3-3 draw with Switzerland on Tuesday night.

    SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Oriol Romeu of Southampton celebrates after scoring during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Bromwich Albion at St Mary's Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Southampton, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

    Saints made it two wins on the bounce against West Brom. Photo: Matt Watson.

    TEAM NEWS

    For Saints, Stuart Armstrong and Moussa Djenepo will both miss the trip to Stamford Bridge with the Scottish International testing positive for COVID-19 before the International break.

    Djenepo scored in his last appearance but did so whilst carrying a hamstring injury which now means he will miss out on Saturday.

    These injuries mean there might be a first appearance for Theo Walcott since joining on loan from Everton.

    For Chelsea, they’ll be without goalkeeper Édouard Mendy, who picked up an injury on international duty, and defender Thiago Silva due to the distance travelled with Brazil.

    However, the hosts are buoyed by the availability of Ben Chilwell, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech.

    THE MANAGERS

    Ralph Hasenhüttl: “If they weren’t a better team now they would have spent money for nothing. They definitely have to be a better team than last season and they are.

    “We have had two games at Stamford Bridge since I arrived and both have been very good from our side. The level was high and we have to reach those levels as it will be difficult to get something.”

    Frank Lampard: “We can’t treat any team with ease or feel you’ll have a comfortable game. We had that at West Brom, other teams have found out in their ways.

    “Any team that wants to compete needs more than one player per position. It needs to be competitive. We’ve brought in players and quality levels, so of course you want to improve.”

    ONES TO WATCH

    Danny Ings: After scoring his first goal for England during the International break, Saints’ number nine hasn’t taken a break from his run of form that dates back into last season.

    The striker already has three goals to his name in 2020/21, and will once again be seen as the main man if Saints are to make it three wins on the bounce.

    Timo Werner: After his big money move, it’s been a slow start for the German international, but he regained some form for his country in the recent International break.

    The forward previously scored 78 goals in 127 appearances for RB Leipzig, and was brought to the club by then manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, and it will only be a matter of time before that form lands in the Premier League.

    Chelsea:

    Goals:

    Jorginho, Kai Havertz 3
    Tammy Abraham, Kurt Zouma 2
    Chilwell, James, Mount, Giroud, Barkley, Hudson-Odoi, Werner 1

    Assists:

    Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell 2
    Jorginho, Havertz, James, Mount, Azpilicueta 1

    Southampton:

    Goals:

    Danny Ings 3
    Oriol Romeu, Moussa Djenepo 1

    Assists:

    Kyle Walker-Peters, Ché Adams, Stuart Armstrong 1

    LAST FIVE MEETINGS

    December 2019: Chelsea 0-2 Saints (Obafemi, Redmond)
    October 2019: Saints 1-4 Chelsea (Ings)
    January 2019: Chelsea 0-0 Saints

    October 2018: Saints 0-3 Chelsea
    April 2018: Chelsea 20 Saints (FA Cup)

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Southampton are looking to win three consecutive Premier League games for the first time since a run of four in May 2016, while Saints last won three in a row without conceding in the competition in January 2016.

     

    Chelsea have made a league-high 81 10+ open play pass sequences in the Premier League this season – however, Southampton have allowed their opponents to make just 11 such sequences this term, fewer than any other side.

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Nathan Redmond(L) of Southampton celebrates with his team mates after scoring his teams second goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Southampton FC at Stamford Bridge on December 26, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Getty Images)

    Saints players celebrate going 2-0 up at Stamford Bridge in 2019. Photo: Matt Watson

    KEEP UP TO DATE

    We’ve got you covered! We’ll bring you all of the action from Stamford Bridge, as well as a host of behind-the-scenes access.

    Check out our interactive match centre at southamptonfc.com, with all of the live in-game updates and free audio commentary of the match, and be sure to follow us on social media for further updates and exclusive content:

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