At a rain soaked St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton host Chelsea (watch live at 10am ET on NBCSN, and online via NBC Sports Live Extra) as the visitors aim to try and keep up with the pace at the top of the Premier League.
But it won’t be easy as the Saints have been playing well, despite losing five of their last eight, and beat Chelsea 2-1 at home last season.
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea have won two in a row over the festive period and will be hoping to rotate their squad to great effect down on the South Coast.
In team news Southampton leave Rickie Lambert out and bring in Gaston Ramirez following his terrific goal against Everton last week, while Morgan Schneiderlin replaces James Ward-Prowse.
While Mourinho leaves out Samuel Eto’o and Willian after the win over Liverpool, as Fernando Torres and Andre Schurrle come in.
Southampton: K. Davis, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Ramírez. Subs: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Lambert, Ward-Prowse, Hooiveld, Gallagher
Chelsea: Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Ramires; Schurrle, Mata, Hazard; Torres. Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, Essien, Oscar, Willian, Eto’o and Ba