Chelsea vs Southampton predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Premier League fixture today


Chelsea will be looking to hit the ground running after the international break, following an inconsistent start to the new season.

Frank Lampard’s team host Southampton on Saturday, with both sides having won two of their opening four matches in the Premier League this term.

More was expected rather quicker of the Blues after they signed the likes of Kai Havertz and Timo Werner this season, but neither has been able to show top form in the league just yet.

Saints will hope key striker Danny Ings remains in red-hot form as they seek to cause an upset.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

When is the match?

The game kicks off at Stamford Bridge at 3pm on Saturday, 17 October.

How can I watch?

The match will be shown live on BT Sport Box Office on a pay per view basis.

What is the team news?

Pending any late coronavirus tests ruling players out after the international break ends, Chelsea are moving closer to having a full squad available. Billy Gilmour could return within a month, Timo Werner is close to being fit and Ben Chilwell should recover after illness.

Edouard Mendy is out, though, but the goalkeeper’s absence is offset by the returns of Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech.

Southampton should have Mohamed Salisu available, but Nathan Redmond could miss out. Theo Walcott could be involved, too.

Predicted line-ups

CHE: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell; Kante, Jorginho; Pulisic, Havertz, Werner; Abraham.

SOU: McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Djenepo; Adams, Ings.

Odds

Chelsea – 8/15

Draw – 15/4

Southampton – 11/2

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