Chelsea are back in action in the Premier League as they travel to St Mary’s Stadium to face Southampton this evening.
Chelsea are on an undefeated streak since the appointment of Thomas Tuchel. The Blues have now won four out of their last five Premier League fixtures picking up 13 points out of a possible 15. They now travel to St Mary’s Stadium to face an off-form Southampton side before their much-awaited fixture in the UEFA Champions League against Atletico Madrid.
The Saints have gone through a horrible run of games lately securing just one win in their last five fixtures in all competitions. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men will be hosting the Blues following their defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderer’s on home soil that ended 1-2 after Pedro Neto scored the winning goal.
Since Southampton seem to be completely out of form, Thomas Tuchel might opt to rotate his squad to provide a few crucial players with some rest before their trip to the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid. With that being said, Tuchel is expected to use his preferred 3-4-3 formation, however, there could be a few new faces in the starting eleven.
Kepa Arrizabalaga will start in goal as the Spanish goalkeeper has managed to refind his form under the new management. The former Athletic Bilbao man was fantastic in his last outing against Newcastle United as he managed to pull off four saves to keep a clean sheet. With Thiago Silva still out injured, Andreas Christensen will once again fill in the void along with Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta to form the back three.
In the midfield, Mateo Kovacic who was the man of the match against Newcastle United could most likely be slotted alongside N’Golo Kante in the heart of the midfield. Jorginho, who has become the main man in the midfield for Tuchel could be given a day off while being sidelined on the bench to remain fresh for the Round of 16 tie.
The Evening Standard has reported that Kai Havertz has been deemed fit for the clash at St Mary’s Stadium. With Havertz back in the squad, Thomas Tuchel could slot the German midfielder in an attacking role along with Mason Mount. Timo Werner would have to shift positions as Tammy Abraham‘s availability seems questionable after being forced out of the pitch against Newcastle United. The former RB Leipzig forward would have to move from the left-wing towards the centre as the sole striker.