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Chelsea vs Southampton prediction: How will Premier League fixture play out today?


Southampton will be looking to surprise Chelsea and make it three wins in a row when the sides meet in the Premier League.

A Saturday 3pm kick-off would not normally be screened in England’s top flight, but the controversial decision to put some matches on pay-per-view starts with this fixture.

Chelsea could hand a debut to Hakim Ziyech but will be without new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, as Frank Lampard continues to try to find the new best XI after a busy summer.

Saints have bounced back well from a poor start to the campaign and will be looking to move up the table in the busy coming month.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

When is the match?

The game kicks off at Stamford Bridge at 3pm on Saturday, 17 October.

How can I watch?

The match will be shown live on BT Sport Box Office on a pay per view basis.

What is the team news?

Pending any late coronavirus tests ruling players out after the international break ends, Chelsea are moving closer to having a full squad available. Billy Gilmour could return within a month, Timo Werner is close to being fit and Ben Chilwell should recover after illness.

Edouard Mendy is out, though, but the goalkeeper’s absence is offset by the returns of Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech.

Southampton should have Mohamed Salisu available, but Nathan Redmond could miss out. Theo Walcott could be involved, too.

Predicted line-ups

CHE: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Silva, Zouma, Chilwell; Kante, Jorginho; Pulisic, Havertz, Werner; Abraham.

SOU: McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Djenepo; Adams, Ings.

Odds

Chelsea – 8/15

Draw – 15/4

Southampton – 11/2

Prediction

A back-and-forth encounter in which neither side truly convinces, but the most clinical side with most attacking options comes out on top of – which should be the home team. Chelsea 3-1 Southampton

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