Chelsea host improving Saints at Stamford Bridge

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2020-21 English Premier League

17-19 October 2020
Matchday 5 of 38 
Chelsea will play host to an improving Southampton at Stamford Bridge in the English Premier League on Saturday. Kick-off is at 16:00. 
Ralph Hasenhüttl
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The Blues bounced back to winning ways with a 4-0 thumping of Crystal Palace before the international break. Victory moved Frank Lampard's team up to seventh place on the log standings. 
Left-back Ben Chilwell impressed on his Premier League debut for the London club and believes Chelsea's new signings are starting to 'gel'.  

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"There has not really been a pre-season, players are coming back from injuries and there have been a lot of different factors, not just for ourselves but for all the teams, and it is going to take a few weeks for everyone to bed in together," said Chilwell. 
"We are working very hard on the training pitch and in this second half especially we showed that it is starting to gel together nicely." 
Southampton are on a two-game winning run. The Saints started the season with back-to-back defeats but wins over Burnley and West Brom moved Ralph Hasenhüttl's team up to 11th, while the return of Theo Walcott to the club earlier this month would've further boosted the mood at St Mary's. 

Ben Chilwell
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The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 2-0 win for the visitors with goals from Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond having secured all three points for Southampton. 
Victory ended a nine-game unbeaten run against Southampton for the Blues across all competitions. 

Chelsea vs Southampton head-to-head statistics: 

Matches played: 76
Chelsea wins: 37
Southampton wins: 20
Draws: 19

English Premier League fixtures, matchday 5: 

Saturday, 17 October  
13:30 - Everton vs Liverpool 
16:00 - Chelsea vs Southampton
18:30 - Manchester City vs Arsenal 
21:00 - Newcastle United vs Manchester United 
Sunday, 18 October 
13:00 - Sheffield United vs Fulham 
15:00 - Crystal Palace vs Brighton & Hove Albion
17:30 - Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United 
20:15 - Leicester City vs Aston Villa 
Monday, 19 October 
18:30 - West Bromwich Albion vs Burnley 
21:00 - Leeds United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Published: 10/12/2020