Chelsea vs Southampton - Premier League: TV channel, team news, lineups & prediction
By Tom Gott
Two teams in turmoil will square off in the Premier League on Saturday when Chelsea host Southampton at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues were much-improved in midweek against Borussia Dortmund but still extended their run of poor form to just one win in their last nine games across all competitions, with the pressure on manager Graham Potter growing with each passing week.
There is no managerial pressure at Southampton because the Saints don't even have a boss right now. Nathan Jones was relieved of his duties last week and the pursuit of Jesse Marsch ended in failure, leaving Ruben Selles in interim charge of the Premier League's bottom side.
Here's all you need to know about this one.
Where are Chelsea vs Southampton playing?
- Location: London, England
- Stadium: Stamford Bridge
- Date: Saturday 18 February
- Kick-off Time: 15:00 GMT / 10:00 ET / 07:00 PT
- Referee: David Coote
- VAR: Robert Jones
Chelsea vs Southampton H2H Results (Last Five Games)
- Chelsea: 3 wins
- Southampton: 1 win
- Draws: 1
Current Form (Last Five Games)
- Chelsea: WDDDL
- Southampton: LWLLL
How to watch Chelsea vs Southampton on TV and live stream
Television Channel/Live Stream
Sky Sports Soccer Saturday (Studio updates only)
Chelsea team news
Benoit Badiashile could return to the starting lineup after being forced to sit out the Champions League game in midweek, while Noni Madueke will also return to the squad and Datro Fofana is also eligible to feature once again.
Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic are both out injured, while Wesley Fofana, Mateo Kovacic and Denis Zakaria are still working their way back to full fitness. Edouard Mendy remains out.
Chelsea predicted lineup vs Southampton
(4-2-3-1): Kepa; James, Koulibaly, Badiashile, Chilwell; Fernandez, Loftus-Cheek; Mount, Felix, Mudryk; Havertz.
Southampton team news
Kyle Walker-Peters will hope to return from a hamstring injury, while Armel Bella-Kotchap and Alex McCarthy are both looking to make their comebacks as well.
Mohamed Elyounoussi, Ibrahima Diallo, Duje Caleta-Car and Mislav Orsic were all left out of the squad for Jones' last match but may be recalled.
Southampton predicted lineup vs Chelsea
(4-2-3-1): Bazunu; Bree, Salisu, Caleta-Car, Perraud; Alcaraz, Lavia; Djenepo, Ward-Prowse, Sulemana; Onuachu.
Chelsea vs Southampton score prediction
Southampton will hope for a new manager bounce but Chelsea will still be massive favourites against the Premier League's biggest punching bags over the past few weeks.
The Blues were significantly improved against Dortmund in midweek and that sort of performance, even though it was lacking in cutting edge, should be more than enough to see off a weaker Saints side.
Chelsea do have a habit of gifting wins to struggling sides but anything other than a victory here would see things turn really ugly for Graham Potter.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Southampton