Chelsea vs Southampton
Premier League 2018/19
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off time: 7:45pm GMT
Chelsea host Southampton on Wednesday as they look to gain ground on London rivals Tottenham.
While they have lost two league matches in December the Blues have picked up back-to-back wins during the festive period, beating Watford and Crystal Palace.
Southampton meanwhile are looking a very different proposition under new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, who has led Saints out of the bottom three.
Olivier Giroud is expected to miss out due to an ankle injury. Alvaro Morata could start as the focal point of Chelsea’s attack, as injuries elsewhere mean Eden Hazard is likely to be asked to play in his preferred wide left role.
Cesc Fabregas (neck), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (back), Pedro (hamstring) and Callum Hudson-Odoi (hamstring) all missed Sunday’s win at Crystal Palace and could be absent once again.
Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic; Willian, Hazard, Morata
Provisional squad: Kepa, Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Fabregas, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Hazard, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Zappacosta, Willian, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Morata, Luiz, Emerson Palmieri, Ampadu.
Score prediction: Chelsea 1-0 Southampton
Saints are looking stronger and stronger under Hasenhüttl but with Eden Hazard currently performing at his sparkling best he should be able to bail out the Blues.
Betting tips via Betfair | UK users only | Subject to change
- Chelsea win: 1/4
- Southampton: 12/1
- Draw: 11/2
First goal scorer odds
- Eden Hazard: 16/5
- Alvaro Morata: 7/2
- Ross Barkley: 9/1
TV channel and live stream online coverage
The match will not not be televised live in the UK.
But you can follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
This will be the 104th meeting between the two sides with Chelsea winning 45 of those contests with 30 wins for Saints.
The Blues ran out easy 3-0 winners when the two met at St Mary’s back in October while the Londoners also came out on top in last season’s FA Cup semi-final.