Southampton will welcome Thomas Tuchel's rejuvenated Chelsea side in a game that will kick-off at 12:30 GMT, 01:30pm Nigerian time.

Southampton have lost all of their last six consecutive Premier League - the first time in history, thereby damaging their next season  European club competition hopes. half of those loses saw them concede at least two goals with Ralph Hassenhutl's side conceding an average of 3.33 goals in that period and they have lost halftime/fulltime in five of their last six Premier League fixtures.

A more disturbing news for the Saints is that they have lost their last five Premier League meetings against Chelsea with four of those losses seeing exactly one goal scored going into the break - the same result have been witnessed in nine of their last ten Premier League fixtures.

Chelsea on the other hand are enjoying a new ease of life as Thomas Tuchel's great start to life at Stamford Bridge is still sustained with the Blues securing a fifth straight competitive win on Monday night against Newcastle United. Putting own-goals aside, the Blues are yet to concede a goal since the German took over and they have been efficient on the other end eight of their 25 shots on target recorded during this tremendous boost of life at the Bridge.

The Blues have gained all points from the five Premier League away games in which they have the lead going into the interval, making them the only team with a 100% record from 5+ road trips lead at the break. Since Tuchel took over, the blues have enjoyed the fair share of possessions in each games played under him so and the trend is set continue as the blues continue their chase for a Champions League spot.

Sanits' loanee, Takumi Minamino will be be looking to score at St. Mary's Stadium for the first time with eight of his last twelve goals haven come during games producing 4+ goals. Chelsea's Timo Werner ended his 14-game goal drought on Monday and he is currently seeking a personal surge, he could be threat for the Saints' backline as he scored a brace in the reverse fixture.

On injury front, Southampton will be without Michael Obafemi, Will Smallbone, Theo Walcott and Kirean Walker-Peters - all suffering from different ankle injuries and will definitely miss the encounter.

Frank Lampard will be without the services of England forward, Tammy Abraham and experienced centre-back, Thiago Silva as the duo are suffering from Ankle and Thigh injuries respectively. 

This St. Mary's Stadium showdown will Anthony Taylor as the centre referee.

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