Chelsea’s recent resurgence in form continue has they played Southampton on Sunday. It took just 6 minutes for Chelsea to open the scoring when Eden Hazard cut inside from the right flank and put the ball in the back of the net through Fraser Forster legs. However it was Southampton who dominated the game for most part with more possession but Chelsea held on to their lead at the end first half.
Southampton 0-2 Chelsea Highlights
[ English Premier League 2016-17 Match ]
06′ 0 – 1 Eden Hazard scored inside first 6 minutes of the game where he found himself clear on the right flank and cut inside before unleashing a low shot past Fraser Forster legs to put Chelsea in leaad.
55′ 0 – 2 Diego Costa scores just after the halftime to put Chelsea in commanding 2-0 lead.
Match Highlights (English)
Match Preview: Southampton themselves can leap frog Manchester United, Watford and possible Everton into 6th place if they can register their third win at home.
Chelsea has won two of the 4 away games so far and it will be interesting to see whether they can build on that 4-0 win over Manchester United last weekend. Tune in here for full match highlights and goals video.
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.
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.