MX23RW : Wednesday, December 19 12:16:39
Oct 7, 2018 at 2.15pm UK at ​St. Mary's Stadium (Southampton, Hampshire)
Attendance: 27,077
Southampton
0-3
Chelsea
FT(HT: 0-1)
Hazard (30'), Barkley (57'), Morata (90')

Result: Ross Barkley stars as Chelsea beat Southampton in the Premier League

Ross Barkley provides a goal and an assist as Chelsea register a 3-0 victory over Southampton in Sunday's Premier League fixture at St Mary's.

Chelsea have extended their unbeaten record in the Premier League to eight games with a 3-0 victory over Southampton in Sunday's fixture at St Mary's.

Ross Barkley teed up Eden Hazard for the opener before adding a second after the break, and Alvaro Morata wrapped things up for the Blues during added-on time.

Maurizio Sarri's team sit top of the standings ahead of Liverpool's clash with Manchester City, but Southampton remain in 16th place heading into the international break.

Chelsea started the game on the front foot and the first shot of the game saw Willian strike the top of the crossbar, although his effort from 14 yards took a huge deflection.

The Blues remained in the ascendancy with Barkley curling over the crossbar, but after being second best during the opening quarter Southampton finally offered a positive response.

Manolo Gabbiadini was denied from long range but the home side should have been ahead when Ryan Bertrand found Danny Ings all on his own at the back post, with the forward somehow volleying the ball over the crossbar from six yards out.

That miss proved costly as Chelsea went ahead on the half-hour mark. Barkley dispossessed a Southampton player before threading a pass through to Hazard, who took a touch before calmly placing the ball to the left of a helpless Alex McCarthy.

Chelsea had the better of the remaining 15 minutes of the first period, but it was Southampton who tested the goalkeeper with Gabbiadini stinging the hands of Kepa Arrizabalaga from distance.

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley celebrates scoring against Southampton on Sunday, October 7, 2018© Reuters

Southampton improved at the start of the second half and should have got themselves on level terms when Bertrand was found at the back post, but the left-back sent the ball over the bar from six yards out.

Ings then saw a snap-shot from 20 yards kept out by Arrizabalaga, but just as it appeared that Chelsea would find themselves under a prolonged period of pressure, the Blues doubled their advantage.

Willian's floated free kick went to Olivier Giroud whose acrobatic volley across the box found Barkley, and the midfielder could not miss from three yards out as he finally netted his first goal in a Chelsea shirt.

That goal led to Southampton having to commit more men forward but the closest that they came to halving the deficit came 13 minutes from time as Arrizabalaga made an outstanding save to tip Nathan Redmond's 25-yard strike onto the crossbar.

Chelsea went back up the other end with Hazard creating an opportunity for substitute Morata, but the Spaniard fired his effort from 10 yards too close to McCarthy.

The striker would have been disappointed having failed to take that chance but in the final seconds of the contest, Hazard teed him up again and the former Real Madrid man made no mistake in dinking the ball over McCarthy for just his second top-flight goal of the campaign.

SOUTHAMPTON (3-4-3): McCarthy; Yoshida, Bednarek (Romeu 46'), Hoedt; Soares, Hojbjerg, Lemina, Bertrand; Redmond, Gabbiadini (Long 78'), Ings

CHELSEA (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley (Kovacic 81'); Willian (Pedro 75'), Giroud (Morata 68'), Hazard

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Ross Barkley in action with Naby Keita during the EFL Cup clash between Chelsea and Liverpool on September 26, 2018
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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