First home game of the year!
Chelsea begin their year with a home game against Southampton who under new manager Hassenhutl sit 17th in the table. Hassenhutl has done decently since taking charge of Southampton having lost a few and won a few. Hassenhutl’s side are reinvigorated but face a tough task to get a point or more at Chelsea. Chelsea go into the game having narrowly beat Palace at the weekend and need a win to keep pace with Spurs and City.
We beat Southampton 3-0 away from home in October as Hazard, Barkley, and Morata were he goal scorers on the day. With games coming at a high pace Chelsea need to continue to rack up the wins in the race for the top four.
Chelsea Team Preview
Sarri has a couple of injuries to deal with as Pedro, Hudson-Odoi, and Giroud might miss out. Loftus-Cheek might be back for selection. Kovacic will most likely start with Morata starting in the striking position if Loftus-Cheek is not selected. Emerson might get a chance while Fabregas could start in what could be his last game as a Chelsea player.
Southampton Team Preview
Southampton will be without Hojbjerg as he misses out due to suspension but other than that Hassenhutl might have a decent squad to select from. Yoshida could also be available for selection.
Starting XI Prediction
Start the year of with a win! COME ON YOU BLUES!!!