Chelsea v Southampton line-ups
Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho, Mount, Havertz, Pulisic, Werner
Subs: Caballero, Abraham, Tomori, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, James
Southampton: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Vestegaard, Bednarek, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Adams, Walcott, Ings
Subs: Forster, Stephens, Long, Obafemi, Valery, Tella, Diallo
Early Southampton team news
Ralph Hasenhüttl must plan without Stuart Armstrong, who is in self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 while on duty for Scotland. His absence means Theo Walcott, Southampton’s new arrival from Everton, could make his second debut for Southampton more than 15 years after his first one.
Moussa Djenepo is also absent for Southampton as he recovers from a hamstring injury. New signing Ibrahima Diallo is likely to start on the bench following his move to St Mary’s from French side Brest.
Early Chelsea team news
Recent signings Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva have both been ruled out. Mendy picked up a thigh injury while on international duty with Senegal but Frank Lampard was not prepared to say who of Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero would deputise for his new goalkeeper. Silva is not injured, but has been left out of the matchday squad after returning later than ideal from his travels with Brazil.
In better news for Lampard, Hakim Ziyech has recovered from a knee injury and will feature in a Chelsea squad for the first time. Christian Pulisic is available for selection following his return from injury.
Premier League Chelsea v Southampton
Stamford Bridge is the venue for a Premier League match that’s costing BT Sport customers in the UK a rather controversial £14.95 on top of their regular subscription, so it better be a bloody good one.
It should go without saying that you’ll be able to read all about it here completely free of charge, as Frank Lampard’s side host a Southampton team hoping to make it three consecutive wins following triumphs over West Brom and Burnley. Chelsea have yet to string back-to-back wins together this season, but can do so today on the back of a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, a scoreline that somewhat flattered their performance.
Kick-off today is at 3pm (BST), but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up, while we’ll also be keeping an eye on results and major talking points outside the Premier League.