Resurgent Chelsea will look to continue their excellent winning run when they travel to face Southampton this weekend.
The Blues have already made huge improvements during the short tenure of Frank Lampard’s successor Thomas Tuchel, who has led his new team to five consecutive wins across all competitions.
Chelsea have claimed 13 out of a possible 15 points in their opening Premier League fixtures under the German, conceding just one goal in the process and rising to fourth in the table.
They will have their sights set on applying more pressure on Leicester and Manchester United above them when they head to St Mary’s for a lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.
Southampton have dropped off alarmingly after an impressive start to the season and now sit 13th, closer in points to the relegation zone than they are to the top six as things stand.
The Saints have lost six successive league matches for the first time ever following last weekend’s defeat by Wolves, whom they had beaten in the fifth round of the FA Cup just three days earlier.
Southampton vs Chelsea is scheduled for a 12:30pm GMT kick-off on Saturday, February 20, 2021.
The match will be played behind closed doors at St Mary’s due to ongoing Government restrictions relating to coronavirus.
Southampton will be without defender Kyle Walker-Peters because of a hamstring problem.
Tammy Abraham should return after an ankle injury scare for Chelsea. The England striker hobbled out of Monday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Newcastle with a worrying problem, but has avoided any serious damage.
Chelsea provisional squad: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho, Havertz, Ziyech, Giroud, Arrizabalaga, James, Christensen, Emerson, Alonso, Kovacic, Gilmour, Pulisic, Werner, Abraham.