Preview and Prediction
The Saints had high expectation earlier this season to secure one berth for Europa League. They had a promising start and managed to thump the reigning Champions, Liverpool along the way. Yet, that trend was simply gone within weeks and now they are sloping to their regular place, mid lower table. This weekend would be another tough time to bounce back as they will be taking on Chelsea which are surging up to the fifth of the table. A series of unbeaten run under Thomas Tuchel helps The Blues to regain their confidence to return to the Champions League race.
The teams’ previous matches
Southampton faced off Wolverhampton consecutively last week. Their win in FA Cup did not continue in Premier League as they were defeated 1-2 at home. Danny Ings opened the score sheet but Ruben Neves’s penalty put them back on the level terms and Pedro Neto blasted the winning goal for the Wolves.
Chelsea, on the other hand, sealed another win last weekend while playing host to Newcastle. Timo Werner ended his goal drought followed by Olivier Giroud’s. Such victoty was enough to put them back on the race in the top six.
Ralph Hassenhutl might be in need of considering other formation than 4-4-2, which has been ineffective lately. Theo Walcott and Kyle Walker-Peters are sidelined along with William Smallbone, Michael Obafemi and Ibrahim Diallo. The Austrian boss could deploy 5-3-2 formation. Che Adams and Danny Ings are still the main option in front, while in the midfield, Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse and Stuart Amstrong could occupy the area.
His counterpart, Thomas Tuchel, is likely to stick to 3-4-2-1 formation. Tammy Abraham, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz might be ruled out for this fixture but Chelsea has enough names to cover their absence. Timo Werner, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic will be featuring upfront.
Players to watch
Danny Ings and Che Adams are definitely the main scorer of the team. The former has bagged eight goals and three assists whilst the latter has registered four goals and assists each. Another notable name to watch is James Ward-Prowse.
Timo Werner’s confidence shall be normalised after his success in ending his goal drought in the last outing. The German international has netted five goals and made five assists. Another key man to watch here is Mason Mount.