Chelsea vs Southampton preview: How to watch, kick off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Chelsea host Southampton in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, with both sides looking to gain a place in the quarter finals of the competition in December.

It's a repeat of the fixture just 24 days before this one, and the Blues will hope the game is in a similar fashion, as they ran out 3-1 winners last time.

Ralph Hassenhuttl's side haven't had the greatest start to the season, with the Saints currently languishing in 16th place in the Premier League, having only amassed eight points.

With only one league win this season, and being forced into a penalty shootout against Sheffield United in the previous round of the cup, it's pretty clear who the underdogs will be in this one.

As for Chelsea, there's not been much that can be complained about whatsoever thus far, with the West London side leading the way in the league, having only conceded three goals.

They too made hard work of their third round win in the cup however, requiring penalties to get past Aston Villa, but it's hard to see how they could be anything but favourites against their upcoming opponents.

Team News

Chelsea

Prior to the game, Thomas Tuchel spoke to the press and said: 'The game was too early [for N'Golo Kante]. If the match would have been on Sunday he would have played. So he is fully available for Tuesday and for Newcastle.'

The return of N'Golo Kante is a positive one, with the Frenchman always an excellent player to have at a manager's disposal, even if he is unlikely to play in a fixture considered by many to be of less importance.

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Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku remain sidelined with injuries picked up against Malmo in the Champions League last week, so Tuchel will have to look elsewhere in his squad for options.

Southampton

Ralph Hassenhuttl also had a pre-match press conference and told the media: '[Mohamed Elyounoussi] will have his operation on Monday. He will miss the Chelsea game, but this is normal. He needs to have two or three days' rest before he can train again.'

The loss of Norwegian forward Mohamed Elyounoussi will be a blow to the away side, with the 27-year-old having played in seven of the club's eleven games this season.

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Also absent will be striker Armando Broja who is unavailable due to the fact he is on loan from Chelsea and therefore is not eligibile to face his parent club.

Predicted Lineups

Chelsea (3-4-3):

Kepa; Christensen, Chalobah, Sarr; James, Loftus-Cheek, Saul, Alonso; Barkley, Havertz, Ziyech

Southampton (4-4-2):

Forster; Valery, Lyanco, Salisu, Perraud; Tella, Diallo, Romeu, Djenepo; Adams, A. Armstrong

Form Guide

Chelsea

As mentioned earlier, Chelsea fans will be absolutely delighted with the  first few months of this season, riding high in the Premier League and looking strong in other competitions too.

They've faced some strong sides already, including multiple London derbies, but have come through most relatively unscathed and will want to push on in this competition for the first silverware of the season.

Southampton

On the other hand, it's not been the most inspiring start for the South Coast-based club, who are currently just two places above the relegation zone with only a single win to their name in the league.

Things have been going better in the Carabao Cup though, in which they secured the biggest away win in the club's history back in August with an 8-0 win over Newport County.

Ones To Watch

Kai Havertz

With the home side going into this fixture without club-record signing Romelu Lukaku and his one real backup in the form of Timo Werner, there are a few questions over who will be up front.

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Those queries appeared to be answered on Saturday, when 22-year-old Kai Havertz led the line against Norwich, although he failed to get a goal or an assist in a 7-0 win.

That said, with the German expected to start once again, he could be one to look out for, especially as it feels as though he needs a goal to get his season back on track.

Adam Armstrong

Since arriving from Blackburn Rovers in the summer transfer window, Adam Armstrong has had something of a mixed start to life at the Saints under the leadership of Ralph Hassenhuttl.

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The striker has started all but two Premier League games this season but has so far failed to make a material impact, only scoring a single goal, that coming on his debut on the opening day.

Since then he has done very little, but a change in competition may inspire him to regain the goalscoring form he had at his previous club, where he notched up 58 goals in 151 appearances.

Previous Five Meetings

These two clubs have played one another a total of 109 times over the course of history, with the Blues coming out on top on 47 occasions, the Saints 31 times and it being a stalemate after 31 games too.

With regards to the previous five meetings however, it has been a little closer than that record might suggest, going back to October 2019 for the fifth most recent fixture.

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That one ended in a Chelsea win, and convincingly so as well, with then Frank Lampard's side defeating their opponents 4-1 at St Mary's Stadium, courtesy of goals from Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham, among others.

Just a couple of months later however, the return fixture was a day to remember for Saints' fans as, on Boxing Day, they witnessed their side come to Stamford Bridge and take all three points.

A calamitous defensive display from the home team allowed Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond to score a goal each, condemning the hosts to a 2-0 loss.

During the 2020/21 season, it was a tale of two draws, both at home and away - though each one was under a different manager for the Stamford Bridge-based side.

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The first came in October 2020, when the sides played out an entertaining 3-3 draw that ended with a last minute Jannik Vestergaard equaliser for the visitors that day.

A second draw followed a few months afterwards, though with Thomas Tuchel now at the helm, but it was a similar pattern to that of his predecessor's performance in the same game.

Takumi Minamino's first half opener was cancelled out by a Mason Mount penalty, but neither side could go on to claim the win, and they both went away disappointed not to have got more from the game.

Finally, in the most recent matchup between the sides, Chelsea secured a 3-1 win at home to the Saints just a few weeks ago, although the scoreline doesn't necessarily reflect the game.

VAR checks, red cards and two goals in the last ten minutes all came together in combination to eventually give the home side all three points, much to the relief of many watching at home and indeed in the stadium.

How To Watch

Viewers in the UK will be unable to watch this game live but it can be followed on the TV via Sky Sports News who will be giving regular updates from the game.

Otherwise, you can also follow the game right here on VAVEL where there will be live updates throughout the game.

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