Southampton - Chelsea pre-match analysis: Hiddink hoping to turn Chelsea's season around

The Saints look to continue their brilliant form as they host the Blues on Saturday.

Southampton - Chelsea pre-match analysis: Hiddink hoping to turn Chelsea's season around
Chelsea players celebrating a goal against Manchester City | Photo: Getty Images

Chelsea look to start climbing up the table, they come to this game sitting in 12th place, but they could possibly get out of the bottom ten if they get all three points home. However, that's not an easy task at all as Southampton are on top form, at the moment.

Chelsea starting to pick up form

Chelsea completely dominated their last match against Manchester City in the FA Cup which finished 5-1 to the blues, with Chelsea scoring five goals, which you don't see every day nowadays, with five different goal scorers. Eden Hazard was one of them, who scored his second goal of the season in that game, he really needed that goal to potentially start scoring more. He is yet to score a single Premier League goal this season which contradicts his performances last season.

Eden Hazard celebrates his goal - Manchester City | Photo: Getty Images
Eden Hazard celebrates his goal - Manchester City | Photo: Getty Images

Chelsea have got some individuals who are on top form, such as Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Baba Rahman. They have been vital in the last few games and Guus Hiddink will need every single player of his available and perform as good as they could, if he wants to finish top six.

Team news

No update for the Blues on injuries from last week but Kurt Zouma and Radamel Falcao are still injured. John Terry is not fully fit for the match, but should be ready for the next game. Meanwhile, Guus Hiddink mentioned in his press conference that Alexandre Pato is still not fully fit either to be selected in the side.

As for Southampton, Florin Gardos and Jay Rodriguez won't be available for selection due to injury. Victor Wanyama is suspended because he got a red card against West Ham earlier this month.

Southampton on brilliant form

The Saints have been performing really well lately, winning four of their last five Premier League matches, and not conceding a single goal in any of those matches. Dutch manager Ronald Koeman must be coming to this game with high confidence sitting in 6th place, and only one point away from 5th, Manchester United. 

Chelsea will have to play their best if they want to score a goal past Fraser Forster, who hasn't conceded a single goal in 667 minutes, and he is 34 minutes away from breaking Southampton's record of most minutes without conceding a goal.