Chelsea will have to shake off the midweek blues, pun intended, if it wants to seize a terrific opportunity against Southampton on Saturday at Stamford Bridge (start time 10am ET on USA Network and online via NBCSports.com).
The second-place Blues are one of two teams within the top six that do not meet a fellow top six opponent, and will surely find itself no lower than second with a win over Saints.
Saints haven’t won but have only lost twice through six matches, a tough run of games which certainly isn’t easing up with the visit to London.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Chelsea vs Southampton.
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Chelsea team news, injuries, lineups (INJURY REPORT)
Christian Pulisic isn’t playing for the USMNT in its World Cup qualifiers so it follows that he’s at-best barely available versus Southampton. Reece James and N’Golo Kante are out, and Mason Mount is a question mark.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 2, 2021
Southampton team news, injuries, lineup
Saints have Stuart Armstrong back on the bench after his calf injury, while Jack Stephens remains out and Will Smallbone is working his way back to fitness. Armando Broja cannot play against his parent club.
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— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) October 2, 2021
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
Chelsea gets -278 for a win while Southampton pays +750 for taking all three points. A draw splits +375.
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Seems a pretty big ask for Saints, especially with Chelsea smarting from a midweek loss to Juventus in Italy. Legs could be weary, sure, but do you see the Blues losing three-straight across all competitions? Chelsea 3-1 Saints.
How to watch Chelsea vs Southampton live, stream and start time
Kick off: 10am ET Saturday
TV Channel: USA Network
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com