Chelsea came from behind to win against Southampton at St Mary’s with two late goals coming from Cesc Fabregas and stand in captain Branislav Ivanovic. Chelsea move into the top half of the table with a impressive away win while Southampton will be disappointed after losing from winning position.
Chelsea started without John Terry in central defense and it turned out a difficult match against Southampton at St Mary on Saturday. Southampton set up with a deep defense allowing Chelsea to have more of the ball and try to catch them on counters. Shane Long’s goal just before the break put Southampton 1-0 up but Chelsea came roaring back towards the end of the game with two goals in last 15 minutes turn the result on its head as Chelsea win 2-1 and move into top half of the season.
Shane Long caused constant trouble for Chelsea back four throughout the opening 45 minutes but after missing couple of chances he finally scored with a superb finish when a knock on from Baba Rehman allowed him to run one on one with the keeper.
Southampton looked better side of the two and deservedly took the lead just before the break when Baba Rehman’s weak headed clearance fell nicely for Shane Long who took a long touch and poked home with neat dip over the keeper.
Southampton 1-2 Chelsea Highlights
[ Premier League, Saturday, 27th February 2016 ]
- Shane Long scored to open the scoring for Southampton
- Cesc Fabregas scores to make it 1-1 on the day.
- Branislav Ivanovic won the game for Chelsea in last minutes of the game:
Match Preview: Ronal Koeman side is in a superb run at the moment and they will be looking to make it 5th straight home win against Chelsea on Saturday. Southampton has not conceded a goal in more than 9 hours and Chelsea will find it hard to break down Saints defence.
When the two sides meet earlier in the season back in October 2015, Southampton ran out 3-1 winners at Stamford Bridge. Alot has changed since than, Mourinho fired in december and Guus Hiddink has kind of steady the ship. Chelsea are yet to lose under Hiddink in the league and a win over Southampton will surely put them in great position to mount a serious challenge for the European places.
Jay Rodriguez and Gardos are only injury worries for Southampton while Chelsea will be without Zouma, Falcao. John Terry might miss the game just for precautionary measures with Ivanovic playing in central defense. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Saturday.
Possible Starting Lineups:
Predictions: Southampton will fancy their chances against Chelsea who coming into this game with a 5-1 win over second string Manchester City side in FA Cup. Southampton are enjoyed superb run of form at home and should get something out of this game. I can’t see Saints losing this one as I am going with a 1-1 draw in this game.