England Premier League will have on Sunday matches of R19. There will be several interesting matches; one of derby game is between first Chelsea and fourth Southampton.Last round Chelsea beat West Ham and gives a chance for Southampton to get on fourth place, place that lead into UEFA Champions League.
Southampton Team Info:
After a series of five defeats Southampton manager Ronald Koeman manage to consolidate their ranks and to get two wins from last two games.
Graziano Pelle is club best scorer with eight goals so far; behind him are Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama with three goals each. In terms of assist the Serbian midfielder Dusan Tadic is club best assistant with six assist so far, James Ward-Prowse is second with four but form only 6 appearances. Morgan Schneiderlin is club best ranting player in front Nathaniel Clyne and Victor Wanyama.
Southampton strength is in their attacks over the wing and their high percent of finishing the scoring chances, on other hand their major weakness are offside traps and counter attacks.
Ronald Koeman has three players on injury list Jay Rodriguez, Sam Gallagher and Jack Cork while Jake Hesketh is under question mark for this game.
Usual Southampton is playing 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1, but in last round vs. Crystal Palace (3-1) Koeman tried 5-4-1 tactic. It is believed that he was testing that tactic for this game:
Forster – Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Yoshida, Bertrand – DAvis, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Tadic, Pelle
Chelsea Team Info:
Jose Mourinho machine is back on track, after that surprise loss against Newcastle at the start of December they are now at five games win streak (4 in Premiership and one in UEFA Champions League).
Diego Costa is club best scorer with 13 goals so far; behind him is Eden Hazard with 6 and veteran Didier Drogba with 3. Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas is club best assistant with 12 assist, Oscar is second with 5 and Eden Hazard is third with 4. Eden Hazard is club best ranting player in front Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.
Chelsea is strong in many areas they are good with creating chances with through ball, they have good wing attacks and they are lethal with their individual skills. So it will be hard for Southampton players to find some weakness for Jose Mourinho squad.
Mourinho don’t have any big injures in club; all players are ready and fit for this game. Chelsea is using only one tactic this season 4-2-3-1:
Courtois – Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta – Matic, Mikel – Willian, Fabregas, Hazard – Costa
Southampton and Chelsea went head-to-head total 63 times, Southampton is at 18-16-29 while Chelsea is at 29-16-18. If we look only home vs. away then from 32 games Southampton got 10 wins while Chelsea is at 14 wins and 8 games end in draw.
If we look at near future and take only six games, then there is not much home for Southampton fans. Chelsea won 4 from their last six games at St. James Park, one game end in draw and only one game won Southampton.
England Premier League R19: 28/12/2014 Sunday, 14:00GMT Southampton vs. Chelsea, Match Center