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Goals: Werner 15, 28, Havertz 59 – Ings 43, Che Adams 57, Vestergaard 90+2
Chelsea vs Southampton:The Hunter And The Prey
Rookie Hakim Ziyech has completely recovered from a knee injury and he is ready to return. Can The Blues improve their achievement and looking to add a victory at the Bridge this weekend? watch this match at 2:00 pm Saturday 17th October on NBCSN TV Channel.
Pulisic, Ziyech, Havertz and Wener reunite on the attacking line
Going through four dramatic rounds, Chelsea had two wins and one draw, one defeat. They just got 7 points and ranked at no.7 on Premier League table. The Blues is on a streak of undefeated four-games. Obviously, Chelsea has comfortably spent money on last summer transfer by paying more than €240m to get signature of five top-class players. But that money has not helped the club get better yet. After a summer of active shopping, the value of the squad ranked 4th in the world but also has not improved their play. On the evidence of last 4 matches, Chelsea remain outside the top 5 of the the table, perhaps the fans of them have also forgotten that Chelsea is used to be the Four Giants of English football. Big one Ziyech has only appeared one time and suffered a long-term injury. After that, the attacking line with many stars has not shown the connection even though they have 4 game without losing. But The Blues seems to have regained their form.
A lucky draw to West Brom and a loss to Liverpool, everyone can see how clumsy Chelsea defence was when consecutive mistakes led to goals but the play of attacking and middle lines remained fairly stable despite no clear connection. Fortunately in the previous round they took the fan’s affection back with a win 4-0 over Crystal Palace. And this weekend match, Chelsea will be back at home stadium to face Southampton, who is rated lower than them. Just playing with their own level, 3 points certainly can not leave Stamford Bridge. What their supporters are thinking is how The Blues play and whether that is enough for the home side to get a ticket in the next Champion League.
Under the Frank Lampard’s instruction and “Fantastic Four” in the front row, The Blues’s fans look forward to the transcendence game to prove the class of one in the Four Giants at a time. They need to show Mr.Abramovich spending a huge amount of money is worth. The new recruits beginning to show the “wam-up” so the coach staff can absolutely entrust the responsibility of scoring to the duo Havertz and Werner. All eyes will be on striker Werner, who has yet no goal in the Premier League and blockbuster Ziyech.
The Favorite prey?
it’s been a tough week for the Saints when they have to go against a big team like Chelsea. Southampton is truly favorite Chelsea’s prey. Last 9 head-to-head games, The Blues won 7 times and has a good record when they play at home. Meanwhile, the club in the south of England just has 4 opening games 2 wins and 2 defeats, a good performance of them but they can stop Lampard’s students whether or not. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team will have chances to score and get 1 point even 3 before the weak defence of The Blues. However, this is hard work for them to get point after leaving London. Despite losing first 2 games in this season, last 2 Southampton’s matches they took 2 back-to-back wins and has shown a positive side. Fans of the club maybe hoping for points at Stamford Bridge but it will be Challenging and complication.
Chelsea vs Southampton head-to-head history
Statistically, in the last 6 matches that they met, it was usually lively and 17 goals were scored. An average of nearly 3 goals per game. Maybe it’ll be a highest scores. The prediction is 3-1 to Chelsea in the final result.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa (1); Azpilicueta (28), Silva (6), Zouma (15), Chilwell (21); Jorginho (5), Ziyech (22); Mount (19), Havertz (29), Pulisic (10); Werner (11)
Southampton possible starting lineup:
McCarthy; (1) Walker-Peters (2), Bednarek (35), Vestergaard (4), Bertrand (3); Walcott (32), Ward-Prowse (8), Romeu (6), Redmond (11); Ings (9), Adams (10)