Foot Predictions shows the Premier League clash on Saturday between Southampton and Chelsea, including hunches, preview and possible lineups.
Chelsea will try to add up six consecutive wins in all competitions when he continues his campaign in the Premier League away to Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues scored the most points in their last four league games to move up to fourth on the table, while Southampton dropped to 13th after six consecutive defeats in England’s first division.
Southampton’s form in the Premier League is worrying, with the Saints losing each of their last six games since the 1-0 win over Liverpool in early January.
Ralph HasenhuttlThe team managed to reach the quarterfinals of the FA Cup on February 11 with a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, but lost 2-1 to the same opponent in the league last weekend.
Southampton looked like they would fight for a place in the Europa League in the final stages of 2020, but a poor form made them fall to 13th place on the table, now 11 points behind sixth Liverpool.
Meanwhile, the Saints have only a four-point advantage over Newcastle United, 17th, and now face three difficult games against Chelsea, Leeds United and Everton.
Hasenhuttl’s team scored four points in their last two league games against Chelsea, however, and maintained the 3-3 Blues draw when the two teams met at Stamford Bridge in October.
Southampton may be struggling to halt a losing streak, but the same cannot be said of Chelsea, who have been in good form ever since. Thomas Tuchel substituted Frank lampard as head coach in late January.
The Blues have won five of their six games under the new coach, including four consecutive Premier League wins against Burnley, Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield United and Newcastle United to move up to fourth.
Chelsea are tied on points with West Ham United, in fifth place, and just two points ahead of Liverpool, in sixth place, but are also just four points from second-placed Manchester United in the same number of matches, which is an indication how much of a turnaround has occurred.
The capital giant will face Atlético de Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on February 23, before the league’s small home game against Man United later this month.
The blues have only the seventh best away record in the Premier League this season, losing points in six of their 12 matches, but have won at Tottenham and Sheffield United since Tuchel’s arrival.
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Southampton chief Hasenhuttl confirmed during Thursday’s press conference that Kyle Walker-Peters is out for “a few weeks” due to injury, while Ibrahima Diallo and Theo Walcott remain marginalized for confrontation.
Michael Obafemi and William Smallbone are also still absent, but Alexandre Jankewitz, who saw a red card against Man United at Old Trafford, is available due to punishment.
Jack Stephens could join the team as a replacement for Walker-Peters, while there could also be a change in the final third with Che Adams potentially lining up alongside Danny Ings.
As for Chelsea, Tammy Abraham is out with an ankle problem he caught against Newcastle on Monday night, but Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz The two went back to training on Thursday, feeding suggestions that they could get involved at St. Mary’s.
It is unlikely that Tuchel will take risks with Silva before an important period, however, which means that Andreas Christensen could remain at the center of defense, with Marcos Alonso again, potentially getting the nod Ben Chilwell like the left side lateral.
Abraham’s place at the tip of the attack is expected to be occupied by Olivier Giroud, While Edouard Mendy is expected to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga between the sticks.
Possible initial line-up for Southampton:
McCarthy; Stephens, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Armstrong, Romeo, Ward-Prowse, Minamino; Adams, Ings
Possible starting line-up for Chelsea:
Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Monte, Giroud, Werner
Probability: Southampton 0-1 Chelsea
Southampton are certainly capable of making this afternoon difficult for Chelsea, despite the fact that they are currently fighting for form. However, the Blues are a little up at the moment, and we hope they will get another three points to give a big boost to their first four hopes.
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