CHELSEA welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.
Thomas Tuchel's Blues have suffered back-to-back defeats in all competitions without scoring a goal.
- Kick-off time: 3pm BST
- Chelsea XI: To follow
- Southampton XI: To follow
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What TV channel and live stream is Chelsea vs Southampton on?
Chelsea vs Southampton will NOT be broadcast live on TV in the UK unfortunately.
Though you can catch highlights on Sky Sports' YouTube from 5.15pm and BBC 1's Match Of The Day from 10.30pm
What is the Chelsea vs Southampton team news?
Mason Mount is likely to return for Chelsea's Premier League clash against Southampton – but Reece James is OUT, Thomas Tuchel has confirmed.
N'Golo Kante is also set to miss Saturday's game due to Covid-19, meaning Mateo Kovacic will most likely get the nod to start, with Saul Niguez and Ruben Loftus-Cheek the other options.
Andreas Christensen is likely to start in a back-three with Azpilicueta at right-wing-back in James' absence.
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Southampton are 16th in the Premier League table with four points following a poor start that sees them winless after their first six matches, of which they have lost two.
In fact, Saints have failed to score in five of their last eight league games, including each of the last three in a row.
Ralph Hasenhuttl's men are also one of the most under-performing sides in terms of expected goals as they have netted four goals compared to an xG of 7.1.
However, Southampton should be feeling confident of maintaining a clean sheet at least in the first half as they have yet to concede before half-time in the competition this term.
This is a record they only share with Manchester City as all seven goals against them occurred during the second half
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Chelsea are currently third in the Premier League table with 13 points following four wins and one loss in six matches but are coming from two consecutive losses to Manchester City and Juventus in the top flight and Champions League respectively.
In fact, the Blues haven't won a match since September 19 when they defeated London rivals Tottenham 3-0 away as they also drew with Aston Villa at the Carabao Cup before beating them on penalties at home.
However, manager Thomas Tuchel should be feeling confident of his team's chances to return to winning ways as the west Londoners are over-performing their expected goals total more than any other Premier League side this season with Tuchel's men scoring 12 goals compared to an xG of 8.4.
Chelsea have also proven to be lethal in the first 45 minutes as no side has scored more first-half goals (6) than them and Liverpool in the Premier League this season
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Chelsea and Southampton's first ever encounter took place way back in 1923 during an FA Cup match that ended with a goalless draw in London.
Since then, the two teams have faced off a total of 106 times with the Blues winning a majority of 46 matches compared to Saints' 29 victories across all competitions.
However, the west Londoners have been unable to beat the St Mary's outfit in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge since 2017 when they won 1-0 thanks to Marcos Alonso's winner.
Since then, the two sides played three times, two of which ended in a draw and one of them saw Southampton winning 2-0 in 2019 thanks to goals by Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond
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GOOD AFTERNOON FROM LONDON
Welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League clash between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has received a major boost as he is set to welcome Mason Mount back to the fold after the playmaker overcame a minor knock.
However, Tuchel will be missing Reece James due to an ankle injury and also confirmed the full-back will not be linking up with England, even though Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate mistakenly called him up.
Star midfielder N'Golo Kante will also be absent as he tested positive for coronavirus and is still self-isolating, while Christian Pulisic is also recovering from an ankle injury.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, on the other hand, is hoping to have Stuart Armstrong back in contention as the midfielder is closing in on a return from a calf injury.
Hasenhuttl, though, will be without Chelsea loanee Armando Broja, who is ineligible to play against his parent club under terms of his St Mary's move.
Jack Stephens will also be absent due to a knee injury and the Saints boss will make a late call on Theo Walcott's fitness.
The Austrian head coach is also close to another injury boost as Will Smallbone is edging towards a comeback having rejoined team training
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