Frank Lampard are going to be looking to create on arguably the most important win of his Chelsea tenure so far when Southampton visit on Boxing Day.
A tactical convert former mentor Jose Mourinho saw Tottenham beaten on home soil last outing, Willian netting both in what clothed to be a cushty win.
Still, it had been just the Blues second win in six and another slip-up will undo the great work wiped out north London. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side earned a 3rd win in five with an enormous 3-1 away convert relegation rivals Aston Villa in their previous game. The game is on Boxing Day – Thursday, December 26 – with kick-off at 3pm GMT.
Team news and lineups Chelsea: Lampard could keep an equivalent team that played so impressively at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but with the hectic Christmas schedule upon us and a visit to Arsenal on Sunday, the Blues head coach may revert to a back four and shower the attacking areas.
Jorginho and Christian Pulisic were left on the bench at Spurs and can be pushing for inclusion while Cesar Azpilicueta may need to be assessed after limping off gingerly although he left the stadium unaided.
Southampton: Kevin Danso is hoping to have overcome a fever to feature in the matchday squad, but Moussa Djenepo’s thigh injury is likely to keep him out.
Chelsea vs Southampton Expected Line Up
Chelsea: Kepa; James, Rudiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian; Abraham; Pulisic.
Southampton: McCarthy, Cedric; Stephens; Bednarek; Bertrand, Armstrong, Ward-Prowse; Hojbjerg, Redmond; Long, Ings