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Southampton vs Chelsea

Published:Saturday | December 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM

SOUTHAMPTON (4-4-2)

FORSTER, CLYNE, ALDERWEIRELD, FONTE, BERTRAND, WARD-PROWSE, SCHNEIDERLIN, S DAVIS, REED, PELLE, LONG

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)

DROGBA, HAZARD, OSCAR, RAMIRES, MATIC, FABREGAS, AZPILICUETA, TERRY, CAHILL, IVANOVIC, COURTOIS

Southampton were in London on Boxing Day and won 3-1 against Crystal Palace. Sadio Mane, Ryan Bertrand and Toby Alderweireld scored the goals that gave Saints a

second straight win at Selhurst Park. That win took the Saints into the top four ahead of Arsenal's evening kick-off against QPR, while Palace dropped into the bottom three.

And Rui Fonte, who missed that game with suspension, is expected to return to the centre of Saints' defence against the Barclays Premier League leaders.

Chelsea are back on the road after their 2-0 home win over West Ham United on Boxing Day; away from home the Blues have won four, drawn three and lost just once.

And Chelsea have an extremely good record at Southampton; in 14 visits in the Premier League, the Blues have won no fewer than eight, drawn one and lost only five. Most recently, Chelsea have won six of their last eight trips down to England's south coast and will be confident going into this game.

Last season, Chelsea won 3-0 at St Mary's Stadium where Fernando Torres'

second-half header was the first away goal in the Premier League by a Chelsea striker in 13 months.

Diego Costa scored Chelsea's second goal against West Ham on Friday but could be rested ahead of a busy January programme, with Didier Drogba likely to take his place in attack at St Mary's Stadium. And Ramires, who came on for Willian late in the game against West Ham, may start at Southampton.