After the disappointment of Wednesday night attention turns quickly to Southampton at St Mary’s, a happy hunting ground in recent years as the pre-match stats show…
Southampton vs Chelsea head to head
In the following season, a November trip to the blue half of Merseyside yielded a 3-1 victory, with Fernandes claiming a double. Once again, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side trailed, to a Bernard effort, but rallied with two goals inside seven minutes to lead. Bruno headed home a Luke Shaw cross in emphatic fashion and although Marcus Rashford failed to connect with a cross later in the half, it ended up in the net.
Deep into stoppage time, the midfielder registered the assist for Edinson Cavani’s first goal for the Reds, at the end of a flowing counter-attack.
Thomas Tuchel’s side won the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge in October 3-1 thanks to goals from Trevoh Chalobah, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell. Saints’ goal came from a James Ward-Prowse penalty.
Our sides also met in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup later the same month. The Blues eventually won on a penalty shoot-out after the game ended 1-1.
Biggest league win for each team:
Chelsea 4-0 Southampton 1973/74, 2003/04
Southampton 5-0 Chelsea 1968/69
Chelsea’s biggest win at Southampton: 4-1 in 2019/20
Our corresponding fixture last season
SOUTHAMPTON 1 CHELSEA 1
Premier League, St Mary’s Stadium, 20.02.21, 12.30pm
Southampton (4-4-2): McCarthy; Bednarek, Vestergaard, Salisu, Bertrand; Djenepo, Romeu, Ward-Prowse (c), Minamino (Tella 76); Ings (Adams 84), Redmond (N’Lundulu 90+3)
Unused subs: Forster, Stephens, Ramsay, Ferry, Jankewitz, Chauke
Booked: McCarthy 90+1
Scorer: Minamino 33
Manager: Ralph Hasenhuttl
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta (c), Zouma, Rudiger; James, Kante, Kovacic (Jorginho 76), Alonso; Mount, Werner; Abraham (Hudson-Odoi h/t) (Ziyech 76)
Unused subs: Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Chilwell, Emerson, Gilmour, Giroud
Booked: Alonso 80
Scorer: Mount 54 (pen)
Head coach: Thomas Tuchel
Referee: Anthony Taylor