Southampton go to London to take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this Saturday where the Saints have not been beaten since April 2018 in the FA Cup.
The Saints are without a win yet this season and Chelsea are off to a great start so the odds are against them to keep this unbeaten streak alive but it could be just the match to get Southampton rolling this season.
Chelsea are the reigning Champions League winners and are title contenders this season and will look to dispatch Southampton with ease on Saturday.
Let us take a look at how both teams could win this matchup.
How Chelsea Will Win
The Blues have more attacking talent than what they know what to do with sometimes. Their big addition this summer has been Romelu Lukaku who almost every Premier League fan is familiar with.
His combination of size and pace cause issues for any backline and Ralph may just task Mohammed Salisu with marking the big striker. But even if you are able to shut down Lukaku, Chelsea have plenty of other options to score.
If they can dominate possession and stretch the Saints thin their creative wingers, midfielders, and wing-backs will have space to run all day and wreak havoc on the backline. Chelsea will try to ensure this game is done and dusted as soon as possible.
How Southampton Will Win
The key to any Southampton upset under Ralph Hasenhuttl has been their press. When they are able to make their opposition uncomfortable on the ball and turn it over that is when Saints are at their best.
They need to create chaos and not allow Chelsea to settle into the match and dictate the flow of the match. That is the first step in beating Chelsea. The second will be to actually score.
The Saints have struggled to put the ball in the back of the net this season and it has been beyond frustrating. The chances have been there but the end product is lacking. Someone needs to step up and start putting away these chances if the Saints hope to not only win this match but others down the road.
I do not hate the Saint’s chances in this one but they need to come out motivated if they hope to not get steamrolled by an impressive side.
Highlights of Chelsea vs Saints will be shown on Sky Sports and Match of the Day in the UK and will be shown on USA Network in the United States
For Southampton, Stuart Armstrong has returned to training and that is a welcome sight for most supporters. He will likely not start this match but it is good to see him training again.
For Chelsea, they could be missing the likes of Mason Mount this match as well as Reece James and N’golo Kante.
Chelsea: Edouard Mendy; Ben Chilwell, Antonio Rudiger, Ceaser Azpilicueta, Trevoh Chalobah; Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Kai Havertz; Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku
Southampton: Alex McCarthy; Romain Perraud, Mohammed Salisu, Jan Bednarek, Tino Livramento; James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu; Mohamed Elyounoussi, Nathan Redmond; Che Adams, Adam Armstrong
Chelsea 2 – 1 Southampton