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CHELSEA VS SOUTHAMPTON

Published:Friday | March 13, 2015 | 3:00 AM

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)

COURTOIS, IVANOVIC, ZOUMA, TERRY, LUIS, RAMIRES, FABREGAS, CUADRADO, OSCAR, HAZARD, COSTA

SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)

PELLE, ELIA,

SCHNEIDERLIN,

DJURICIC, WANYAMA, WARD-PROWSE, BERTRAND, YOSHIDA, FONTE, CLYNE, FORSTER

On Wednesday Chelsea were involved in a controversial and dramatic Champions League last 16 tie against Paris St Germain. In the first leg Chelsea drew 1-1 and, in the return at Stamford Bridge, they led through Gary Cahill's 81st minute goal before former Chelsea midfielder David Luiz levelled with four minutes of normal time remaining.

In extra time Chelsea's Eden Hazard scored what appeared to be the winner with a 96th minute penalty. But PSG, who been reduced to 10 men after 31 minutes following the dismissal of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, scored again through Brazilian international Thiago Silva, and that second away goal was enough to knock Chelsea out of the competition.

Having already won the Capital One Cup, Chelsea will now focus their attention on winning the Barclays Premier League.

Chelsea remain top of the Premier League, five points clear of second-placed Manchester City, with 10 games remaining. In the league, the Blues have lost just twice - the fewest defeats in the table - and have gone seven league games without loss, taking 17 points from a possible 21.

Their last defeat came at Tottenham on New Year's Day when they suffered a 5-3 humiliation. Yet they have won 19 games - the most in the Premier League - and have conceded just 22 goals. Only visitors Southampton have a better defensive record, having let in just 20 goals in 28 games.