Chelsea won’t be scoring lots of goals on Saturday
Last updated: February 24, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||The St. Mary’s Stadium|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Ronald Koeman’s players are showing their best form of the season. Southampton have won 5 of their last 6 Premier League games, without conceding a single goal in their net. In addition, The Saints found the net on 8 occasions in these matches. This dream performance has lifted the club to 6th in the standings.
Chelsea are also in good shape. The Blues won easily against Manchester City in The FA Cup 5-1 last weekend. Moreover, Guus Hiddink’s players are undefeated in their last 10 Premier League matches. They still have chances in The Champions League after scoring an away goal against Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the 1/8-finals.
The Blues last won at The St. Mary’s Stadium on 1st January 2014. The final score was 0-3. Fernando Torres opened in the 60th minute, then Willian and Oscar added two more goals. Chelsea have an advantage in the Head to Head matches against The Saints. The Blues have won 29 (15 home and 14 away victories) of 66 games, while Southampton have recorded 19 victories. There have also been 18 draws. The home advantage is not such a big factor in the matches between these two teams.
Victor Wanyama was sent off in the match against West Ham United. The Kenyan will be sidelined for the game against Chelsea through suspension.
John Terry has a hamstring problem. So, he will surely miss the game. The defender has scored 1 goal in 21 appearances this season.
Kurt Zouma is the other main omission for Chelsea. The French defender is suffering from an ACL knee ligament injury and will be out until the end of the season.
Alexandre Pato can finally make his debut for Chelsea. Guus Hiddink said the Brazilian is performing well on the training ground and he may play the former Milan forward against The Saints.
Quotes of the week
Ronald Koeman (Southampton) :
“We are looking very comfortable, but we need to keep this up. That’s all about training, focus, concentration.”
Guus Hiddink (Chelsea) :
“Although we have a difficult time when there’s a loss, I love to go to Cobham, to the training field, so I feel fresh.”
|Southampton (3-5-1-1):||Forster, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Targett, Clasie, Oriol Romeu, Pelle, Long.|
|Subs||Yoshida, Stekelenburg, Austin, Mane, Juanmi, Tadic, Soares.|
|Chelsea (4-2-3-1):||Courtois, Baba, Cahill, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Fabregas, Obi Mikel, Pedro, Hazard, Willian, Diego Costa.|
|Subs||Begovic, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Matic, Traore, Remy, Pato.|
So far this season
|Southampton this season||Chelsea this season|
|7 (4)||(at home) Wins (away)||5 (3)|
|4-0 vs. Arsenal||Biggest win||5-1 vs. Newcastle|
|2 (5)||(at home) Draws (away)||5 (4)|
|4 (4)||(at home) Losses (away)||4 (5)|
|0-3 to Everton||Biggest Defeat||0-3 to Man City|
|Long, Pelle (6)||Top scorer||Diego Costa (10)|
|Mane (6)||Assist Leader||Diego Costa, Fabregas, Willian (4)|
|Y40, R4||Discipline||Y39, R3|
|8||Failures to score||5|
|9||Both Teams to Score Games||15|
|11||Over 2.5 Games||16|
|15||Under 2.5 Games||10|
- Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 away Premier League games. As I said earlier, The Saints haven’t conceded a goal in their last 6 matches. If you get what I mean…
- The Saints won 3-1 on their visit to Stamford Bridge earlier this season. Willian scored the only goal for Chelsea, while Davis, Mane and Pelle were on the score-sheet for Southampton.
- The Blues have lost only 2 of their last 10 visits to The St. Mary’s Stadium. They won 6 of these games. So, Chelsea have recently been dominant over The Saints.
- 3 of Southampton’s last 4 matches ended with a 1-0 victory for The Saints. Ronald Koeman’s players have kept a clean sheet in 12 of their 26 league games.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|03/10/15||The Premier League||Chelsea 1-3 Southampton||Willian 10′|
|15/03/15||The Premier League||Chelsea 1-1 Southampton||Diego Costa 11′|
|28/12/14||The Premier League||Southampton 1-1 Chelsea||S. Mané 17′|
|01/01/14||The Premier League||Southampton 0-3 Chelsea||Fernando Torres 60′|
|01/12/13||The Premier League||Chelsea 3-1 Southampton||J. Rodriguez 1′|