EPL 2012-13: Chelsea vs Southampton Preview

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London, Jan 16: Despite heading in the right direction under interim manager Rafa Benitez, the Spaniard is yet to win over the Blues fans. The difference is Chelsea's poor home form and good away form.

This time out, Southampton visit Stamford Bridge just weeks after facing Chelsea in the FA Cup, losing 5-1 at St Mary's stadium. But Chelsea have struggled at home, failing to score in four of their last six league and cup matches and were booed off after home defeats to QPR and Swansea recently.

EPL: Chelsea vs Southampton Preview

Despite the difference in league standings, both teams are in similar form lately. Southampton have collected 17 points in their last 11 Premier League games, a point less than Chelsea.

The Saints moved two points above the relegation zone after the controversial win over Aston Villa. Nigel Adkins side are currently placed with 21 points. Chelsea have a chance to close the gap on second placed Manchester City.

Blues skipper John Terry is set to start his first match since November after coming on as a substitute in the 4-0 win over Stoke City. Fernando Torres and Demba Ba are available after recovering from hamstring injuries.


*Chelsea have won their last five league and cup matches against Southampton.

*Frank Lampard has scored seven goals in his last eight Premier League starts.

*Southampton have lost two of their last 11 league games.

Probable Lineups:

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech-Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Cole-Ramires, Lampard-Hazard, Mata, Bertrand-Ba.

Southampton (4-2-2): Boruc-Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fox-Puncheon, Cork, Schneiderlin, Ramirez-Rodriguez-Lambert.

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