Chelsea and Southampton enter this game having won their previous games. Southampton won 3-1 away at Aston Villa while Chelsea had A very good performance winning 2-0 away at Spurs. Southampton with their win got out of the relegation zone while Chelsea consolidated 4th place. Both teams will be looking to rotate as they have more important games on the horizon with Chelsea playing Arsenal at the Emirates while Southampton will host Crystal Palace at St Mary’s.
When and Where?
- Venue– Stamford Bridge
- Time– 08:30 PM IST, Thursday (26th December 2019)
- Telecast- Hotstar
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Ruben Loftus-Cheek is still some way off match fitness and Azpilicueta may need to be assessed after suffering a niggle late on in the game against Tottenham.
Kevin Danso is hoping to have overcome a fever to feature in the matchday squad, but Moussa Djenepo’s thigh injury is likely to keep him out. Yan Valery is not expected to return before the new year.
Chelsea- Arrizabalaga; James, Rudiger, Tomori, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho; Willian, Mount, Pulisic; Abraham;
Southampton- McCarthy; Cedric, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg; Redmond, Long, Ings;
What to expect?
Chelsea will be looking to get over their poor recent home form and would like to impose themselves on Southampton early on. Meanwhile, Southampton will be looking at this game as a free hit and will be having eyes on the Palace game.
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