The Blues have already made huge improvements during the short tenure of Frank Lampard’s successor Thomas Tuchel, who has led his new team to five consecutive wins across all competitions.
Chelsea have claimed 13 out of a possible 15 points in their opening Premier League fixtures under the German, conceding just one goal in the process and rising to fourth in the table.
They will have their sights set on applying more pressure on Leicester and Manchester United above them when they head to St Mary’s for a lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.
Southampton have dropped off alarmingly after an impressive start to the season and now sit 13th, closer in points to the relegation zone than they are to the top six as things stand.
The Saints have lost six successive league matches for the first time ever following last weekend’s defeat by Wolves, whom they had beaten in the fifth round of the FA Cup just three days earlier.
Southampton vs Chelsea is scheduled for a 12:30pm GMT kick-off on Saturday, February 20, 2021.
The match will be played behind closed doors at St Mary’s due to ongoing Government restrictions relating to coronavirus.
How to watch Southampton vs Chelsea
TV channel: Saturday’s contest is being broadcast live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage beginning at 11:30am.
Live stream: Subscribers can also watch via the BT Sport website or app.
Southampton vs Chelsea team news
The Saints are facing a real problem at right-back, with Kyle Walker-Peters set to miss several weeks with a hamstring injury.
James Ward-Prowse finished there against Wolves last weekend, with Yan Valery and Jake Vokins both loaned out in January, leaving only young Kayne Ramsay as cover.
Alexandre Jankewitz is back from suspension, but Ibrahima Diallo and Theo Walcott are both sidelined along with Michael Obafemi and William Smallbone.
Chelsea have been handed a potential double injury boost, with Thiago Silva resuming training following a thigh issue, though it remains to be seen if the Brazilian veteran will be risked on the south coast with a Champions League last-16 first-leg tie against Atletico Madrid to come on Tuesday.
Kai Havertz is also back training after injury, though Tammy Abraham is likely to be sidelined with the ankle problem that forced him off in the early stages of the 2-0 win over Newcastle.
Southampton vs Chelsea prediction – 2-0 away win
Chelsea are cruising under Tuchel, though they aren’t exactly blowing teams away just yet, often relying on the fine margins for victory.
Confidence must be sky high in the Blues camp and they will be fancying yet another win over a Southampton side in utter free-fall that last earned a Premier League point on January 4.
All the signs point to a rather straightforward away victory, but not quite the goalfest we witnessed between these two teams at Stamford Bridge back in October.
Southampton vs Chelsea head to head (h2h) history and results
Last meeting: Chelsea 3-3 Southampton (17/10/2020)
Southampton vs Chelsea betting odds and tips