After stringing two wins together under new manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Southampton have had something of a setback. On the back of a flat performance in their 2-1 defeat to West Ham, the Saints then got outclassed by the mercurial Man City on the weekend. Hovering just outside the drop zone, Hasenhuttl and his team need to regain momentum, starting with their trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea.
An injury-hit Chelsea are expected to be without Olivier Giroud who will be assessed on an ankle injury he sustained during their win at Crystal Palace. After sitting out the opportunity to return to his former side last weekend, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also expected to be unavailable. Cesc Fabregas (neck), Pedro (hamstring) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (hamstring) are all likely to narrowly miss out.
Jorginho: Arriving with Maurizio Sarri from Napoli, Jorginho has been instrumental to the blues this season. With the most completed passes in the Premier League this season, Jorginho dictates the tempo and rhythm of the game and allows Chelsea to sustain attacks, building constant pressure on the opposition. If afforded too much room, he can pull the strings in the heart of midfield on Wednesday evening.
Willian: Often proving such a good foil for Eden Hazard, the Brazilian has been integral to Chelsea in recent seasons. Providing width and energy down the flanks, Willian is unselfish in his work for the team. Whilst he may not attract the plaudits Hazard does, Willian is a danger for any side with his great delivery from wide areas and the ability to pop up with a goal.
Last Five Results Southampton:
Cardiff City 1 – 0 Southampton
Southampton 3 – 2 Arsenal
Huddersfield Town 1 – 3 Southampton
Southampton 1 – 2 West Ham United
Southampton 1 – 3 Manchester City
Last Five Results Chelsea:
Brighton & Hove Albion 1 – 2 Chelsea
Chelsea 1 – 0 AFC Bournemouth (League Cup)
Chelsea 0 – 1 Leicester City
Watford 1 – 2 Chelsea
Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Chelsea