Southampton vs Chelsea Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: March 30, 2013; Time: 3:00 PM UTC;
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium — Southampton, Hampshire.
Blues will be looking for three points when they’ll face complicated Saints. Rafael Benitez’s team will have to play their first of four games in a week, so head coach will rotate his squad ahead of FA Cup game with Manchester United on Monday.
Southampton stands 16th in the Premier League with 31 points from 30 games, having 7 wins, 10 draws and 13 losses. The Saints are just 4 points ahead of the relegation zone. Their present form has seen 2 losses, 1 draw and 2 wins from last 5 matches. Last five home games the Saints have finished with the same stats. Also, they have won against Manchester City and Liverpool. Southampton have a powerful motivation for taking on the big teams at home. Southampton have an excellent home results against the top clubs and Chelsea expects a difficult away match.
Chelsea goes 3rd in the EPL table with 55 points from 29 games, winning 16, drawing 7 and losing 6 so far this season. The Blues have 5 points lead over 5th-place Arsenal and are involved in the fight for Champions League places. Their present form has seen 1 loss, 1 draw and 3 wins from last five games. Last five far away from home matches the Blues have finished with 2 wins, 2 defeats and 1 draw. In away fixtures they have lost to Newcastle and Manchester City.
Mauricio Pochettino will play with the same squad that won Liverpool. The only change could be in central defence, with Jose Fonte could replace Jos Hooiveld due to injury.
Chelsea have to play 4 games in a week. Rafael Benitez will gave rest to some of his players ahead of the FA Cup replay against Man United on Monday. So, John Terry is expected at the back. Gary Cahill is still looking for full fitness after a knee injury in midweek. Eden Hazard, Ashley Cole and Demba Ba will get rest, so Oscar, Ryan Bertrand and Fernando Torres could feature from the first minutes.
Southampton line-up: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, Rodriguez, Ramirez, Lallana, Lambert.
Last three matches:
Southampton 3 – Liverpool 1;
Norwich City 0 – Southampton 0;
Southampton 1 – QPR 2.
Chelsea line-up: Cech, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Terry, Bertrand, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Mata, Moses, Torres.
Last three matches:
Chelsea FC 2 – West Ham 0;
Chelsea FC 3 – Steaua Bucureşti 1;
Man Utd. 2 – Chelsea FC 2.