Chelsea will be desperate to avoid a third loss on the rebound when they travel to face Southampton this afternoon.
The Blues’ form has dropped alarmingly since returning from the international break as they were thrashed 4-1 by Brentford on Saturday.
It put Chelsea back in the running to qualify for next season’s Champions League with fifth-placed Arsenal now just five points behind them.
Thomas Tuchel also saw his sides’ hopes of defending their European title take a huge hit in midweek after a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Southampton look destined for a mid-table finish this season.
Southampton v Chelsea: Date and time
The Premier League contest is set to take place on Saturday April 9.
Kick-off at St Mary’s is scheduled for 3pm.
Chelsea have already beaten Southampton twice this season, winning 3-1 in the reverse Premier League fixture in October.
A few weeks later, the west Londoners edged Saints on penalties in the Carabao Cup third round after a 1-1 draw.
Southampton v Chelsea: TV Channel and Live Stream
Unfortunately, this game will not be shown on UK screens due to the 3pm blackout in English football.
However, highlights will be available on the Sky Sports website and app shortly after the match ends and then later during the match of the day.
Updates will also be live on talkSPORT throughout the afternoon.
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Southampton v Chelsea: team news
Southampton: Forster, Livramento, Bednarek, Salisu, Walker-Peters, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, S Armstrong, Elyounoussi, A Armstrong, Adams
Subs: Stephens, Redmond, Caballero, Perraud, Smallbone, Tella, Diallo, Walcott, Valery
Chelsea: Mendy, Christensen, Silva, Rudiger, Loftus-Cheek, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso, Mount, Havertz, Werner
Subs: Arrizabalaga, Jorginho, Pulisic, Chalobah, Saul, Barkley, Ziyech, James, Sarr
Referee: Kevin Friend
Southampton v Chelsea: What was said?
Tuchel was asked if Chelsea’s grueling schedule was to blame for their recent dip in form.
He replied: “The calendar is very demanding because we played competitions until the very end.
“We are, I think with Liverpool, very far ahead in minutes played. In this period, in 2022, we have also played a lot of extra time, maybe two more games worth minutes.
“So when you play teams like Brenford, Southampton, Crystal Palace, Arsenal, teams that aren’t involved in that many games, it’s a big challenge. But no need to make excuses.
“That’s how it is if you work and play for Chelsea. We can’t be comfortable accepting that it’s difficult. We have to understand that it’s difficult.
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