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Chelsea predicted lineup vs Southampton - Premier League

Max Parsons
Despondent times for Chelsea
Despondent times for Chelsea / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
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Chelsea will hope to get back on track this weekend, as they face a trip to Southampton in the Premier League.

Thomas Tuchel's men have had a torrid time of things since the turn of the month, losing both of their games in April in a crushing manner. Ending a run of 12 wins in 13 outings with a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Brentford, the Blues have most recently fallen to a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League.

A trip to a very out-of-form Southampton, who have lost four of their previous five in all competitions, gives them a chance to overturn this rocky run.

Here's how Tuchel could set his side up...

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Antonio Rudiger
Antonio Rudiger could be the sole survivor in defence from Chelsea's midweek defeat / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Edouard Mendy (GK) - As one of the best goalkeepers on the planet, that mistake on Wednesday shouldn't impact his showing this weekend.

Trevoh Chalobah (CB) - With the likelihood of some fresh legs ahead of Chelsea's trip to Madrid in midweek, Chalobah could be one name introduced to the starting XI.

Antonio Rudiger (CB) - The big German wasn't great on Wednesday, although certainly has the legs to keep his run in the side going.

Malang Sarr (CB) - A couple of changes to the backline could see Sarr come into the fold for a sixth league start this term.

2. Wing-backs & Midfielders

Cesar Azpilicueta (RWB) - Having only just returned from injury, Reece James' return to full-time action may be managed, allowing Azpilicueta to return to the right.

Mateo Kovacic (CM) - N'Golo Kante could be spared for the return leg in Madrid next week, likely opening the door to a start for Kovacic.

Jorginho (CM) - One of his side's better performers in midweek and - after providing a lovely assist for Chelsea's goal - should continue here.

Marcos Alonso (LWB) - Azpilicueta's potential switch to the opposite flank should see the Spaniard return to the fold here.

3. Forwards

Romelu Lukaku
Bleak times for Romelu Lukaku / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Hakim Ziyech (RW) - Failed to make an impact with a 45-minute cameo last time out, but should still be set for a third consecutive league start this weekend.

Romelu Lukaku (ST) - Main frontman Kai Havertz might be another to be afforded a rest ahead of next week's crunch clash, so Lukaku could be given a start - and a chance to notch a first Premier League goal since December.

Timo Werner (LW) - Having started the Blues' previous three league fixtures, Werner should be set to continue.


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