Preview: Chelsea vs. Southampton – prediction, team news, lineups
Aiming to avoid a third consecutive defeat in all competitions, Chelsea host winless Southampton at Stamford Bridge for the Premier League clash on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues’ most recent battle in the top flight saw them lose 1-0 to champion Manchester City, while Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team suffered a loss by the same scoreline to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
In what has arguably been one of the most challenging weeks of his otherwise totally successful reign, Thomas Tuchel has witnessed his team lose their attacking strength and suffered back-to-back defeats to fellow powerhouses Man City and Juventus in the space of a few days. .
After Gabriel Jesus’ goal broke through to condemn Chelsea to defeat in front of his own fans, it took Federico Chiesa no more than 11 seconds in the second half to score the winning goal for Juventus on Wednesday night. night, as a defense of their European Blues. crown took an early hit.
The loss to Man City allowed the champions to overtake them in the embryonic standings, but the Blues remain firmly in the title chase mix with 13 points at this early stage as they sit third in the table, on the same level as four others. high-flying pilots and one. behind Liverpool leaders.
Tuchel has yet to lose three straight games in all competitions since succeeding Frank Lampard and will be determined to avoid that first unwanted first this weekend, but Chelsea can rely on the fact that they won four home games before falling. on the trophy. the superiority of the champions.
Since December 2019, Chelsea have not lost twice in a row at home in the Premier League, whose second loss was 2-0 against Southampton, but Hasenhuttl’s side are struggling to find some kind of inspiration right now.
Raúl Jiménez finding the back of the net was a delight for almost every soccer fan last week, unless it was the home crowd at St Mary’s, who witnessed the Wolves forward condemning his team to defeat. 1-0 last weekend as their winless loss. The start of the new league season continued.
With 61 minutes left on the clock, the impenetrable wall that was José Sa found Jiménez with a long ball at the top, and the Mexican striker proceeded to shoot home for his long-awaited first goal of the new season, and the locals could not find a way back in the last half hour.
Claiming points in head-to-head matches with Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham United is certainly admirable, but as one of only five teams to be winless in their first six games of the new season, Southampton are in a humble 16th place before. from a daunting trip to the West. London.
EFL Cup successes over Newport County and Sheffield United have seen Hasenhuttl’s men set up another trip to Stamford Bridge for the fourth round next month, and they have only managed one win of their last 16 away from home in the top flight. : losing six and drawing two. of his last eight on the road.
However, Southampton managed to salvage a point in a 3-3 draw in this match last season thanks to Jannik Vestergaard’s last-gasp draw and are unbeaten in three at Stamford Bridge, though they have only recorded one win of their last 12 in total. competitions against the champions of Europe.