Chelsea is hoping to get back on track after back-to-back losses to Manchester City and Juventus when they will face Southampton at Stamford Bridge. The Blues appeared unstoppable a week ago, but they were defeated 1-0 at home by City last Saturday and then by the same scoreline in Turin in the Champions League midweek. Here is everything you need to know about Chelsea vs Southampton football prediction for the Champions League match of the season.
N’Golo Kante tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week and has been ruled out.
After missing Chelsea games for two weeks Mason Mount is set to return to the matchday squad on Saturday.
Thiago Silva should be rested given the short time between games. Trevoh Chalobah has a good opportunity to start here with Cesar Azpilicueta necessary at right-back due to the absence of Reece James.
Ben Chilwell will almost certainly make his first Premier League debut of the season after Marcos Alonso was sent off at half-time.
Armando Broja wasn’t anticipated to start anyhow, but owing to the conditions of his loan agreement, he is ineligible here.
Chelsea’s Valentino Livramento will start against his boyhood club.
Stuart Armstrong and Theo Walcott have returned to training while Moussa Djenepo is fighting for a start and might take over on the left wing from Nathan Redmond.
Chelsea vs Southampton Prediction
Albeit against Manchester City and Juventus, Chelsea has lost back-to-back games, but the fact that they have only managed one shot on target in both meetings is concerning.
Last week Southampton lost 1-0 at home to Wolves and in the League Cup they needed penalties to beat Sheffield United.
Previously this season, Southampton has drawn Manchester City and Manchester United so they should not be overlooked.
After a difficult week, Chelsea need to bounce back. They should have too much for Southampton.
Chelsea possible starting lineup: Mendy; Rudiger, Christensen, Chalobah; Chilwell, Jorginho, Kovacic, Azpilicueta; Werner, Mount, Lukaku
Southampton possible starting lineup: McCarthy; Livramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Walker-Peters; Elyounoussi, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Djenepo; Adams, Armstrong
Our Prediction: Chelsea 2 – 0 Southampton