17 October 2020 10:43
Chelsea return to Premier League action following the international break with a home clash against Southampton today. That win was gratefully received by Frank Lampard after the frustration of a penalty shootout loss to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup, a 3-3 League draw against West Brom, and a 2-0 home defeat by Liverpool. Chelsea will be favourites to overcome a Southampton side that have won two and lost two of their opening four Leagues matches, securing back-to-back victories over Burnley and West Brom prior to the international break. Chilwell back in contention Frank Lampard also has Ben Chilwell available today, despite the left-back playing no part in any of England's three games during the international break. Pulisic made his return from the bench against Crystal Palace but could make his first start since last season's FA Cup final, while Ziyech will be among the substitutes and could make his first competitive appearance since arriving from Ajax in the summer.
His lack of confidence in Kepa Arrizabalaga as no.1 is what prompted the move for Mendy in the first place and the last time Lampard had a straight choice between him and Willy Caballero in a league game it was the Argentine who got the nod. However, it was Kepa that was on the bench as no.2 behind Mendy for the win over Crystal Palace just before the international break. Hm. Advertisement Mendy and Silva OUT Some bad news for Chelsea fans to kick us off is that they will be without two of their summer signings for this afternoon's game. Photo: Getty Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was sent home early from international duty with Senegal after picking up an injury and is not fit enough to be involved, though Frank Lampard said yesterday that he shouldn't be out for too long. Lampard will be without summer signings Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva.
Chelsea eased to a 4-1 win at St Mary's in October 2019, only to lose the return fixture 2-0 on Boxing Day courtesy of goals from Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond. Chelsea return to Premier League action on Saturday when they host Southampton. Frank Lampard's side won their last match before the international break, cruising past Crystal Palace 4-0. Hakim Ziyech could at last make his Chelsea debut after being injured in a pre-season friendly, while Edouard Mendy could continue in goal following his signing in late September. Saturday's match kicks off at 3pm and is the second of four Premier League games that day, all featuring last season's top four.
Fans do not need an existing BT Sport subscription to access the broadcaster's box office, and the money from the game goes directly to the clubs. Can Chelsea be trusted to deliver a home win at prohibitive odds of 1/2 with thepools.com against a Southampton side emboldened by back to back Premier League victories? It has been a decent start for Chelsea who have lost just one of their opening four Premier League matches - to Liverpool - and for whom victory last time out against Crystal Palace handed them their fourth clean sheet in five Premier League home matches. But if 1/2 doesn't tickle your fancy, across their previous five home Premier League matches, Chelsea have scored a combined four goals in the five minutes before half-time, and Chelsea to be leading at half-time is Evens. Chelsea return to Premier League action, after the international break, with a home fixture against Southampton. Hopefully, come tea-time, we will all be celebrating a win that helps Chelsea climb further up the Premier League table. That means there would be no place for Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths in the starting XI with both in the mix to make an appearance from the bench. So if you're asking me at this moment in time who is going to start up top, I think it will be Patryk Klimala." Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has apparently looked sharp in training, and could be answer to Celtic's frontline derby dilemmas (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group) If Neil Lennon had his strike quartet of Odsonne Edouard, Albian Ajeti, Leigh Griffiths and Patryk Klimala fit and firing, his choice would be straightforward. However, reading between the lines of what the Celtic manager had to say about these two forwards in his newspaper pre-match press conference gave little indication that he believes that either are ready to start. It would be bold, certainly, with Griffiths having played only 16 minutes of competitive football since March, and his Polish counterpart having started only two games for the club since his £3.5m January move from Jagiellonia Białystok. Some broadcasters deduced that Ajeti was in Lennon's thinking for a starting role because he said the Swiss international has been back in full training following a hamstring strain. He's been out for three weeks, so he'll definitely be in the squad anyway," was a response that didn't make it sound as if Lennon was earmarking Ajeti for a start.