MX23RW : Thursday, January 17 21:55:01
Apr 14, 2018 at 12.30pm UK at ​St Mary's Stadium
Attendance: 31,764
Southampton
2-3
Chelsea
Tadic (21'), Bednarek (60')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Giroud (70', 78'), Hazard (75')

Team News: Andreas Christensen returns to Chelsea XI

Team News: Christensen returns to Chelsea XI
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Defender Andreas Christensen is recalled to the Chelsea starting lineup for Saturday's Premier League fixture at Southampton.

Defender Andreas Christensen has been recalled to the Chelsea starting lineup for Saturday's Premier League fixture at Southampton.

Christensen has suffered with injury and fatigue in recent weeks but Antonio Conte has opted to include the Dane in his starting lineup at the expense of Antonio Rudiger.

There is also a start for Davide Zappacosta, who comes in for Victor Moses at right wing-back, but Conte keeps faith in a front three of Willian, Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata.

Ross Barkley has been passed fit to return to the substitutes' bench but there is no Danny Drinkwater, who is allegedly considering his future at Stamford Bridge.

As for Southampton, manager Mark Hughes has decided to give a first top-flight start to Jan Bednarek, who comes into the team for the suspended Jack Stephens.

That is the only change for the Saints, with Charlie Austin having to make do with a spot among the replacements despite coming off the bench to score against Arsenal.

Southampton: McCarthy; Soares, Bednarek, Hoedt, Yoshida, Bertrand; Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Hojbjerg; Long
Subs: Forster, McQueen, Lemina, Boufal, Sims, Austin, Gabbiadini

Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard
Subs: Caballero, Moses, Emerson, Bakayoko, Barkley, Pedro, Giroud

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New teammates Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata sit side by side during the Premier League game between Chelsea and Bournemouth on January 31, 2018
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1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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