Chelsea Vs Southampton

Chelsea continues their Premier League campaign this weekend when they welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge following the first international break of the season.

The Blues’ season so far has been varied, with victories against Brighton and Crystal Palace coming either side of a defeat to Liverpool and a 3-3 draw with West Brom.

Southampton, meanwhile, started slowly but picked up back-to-back victories prior to the international break after seeing off Burnley and West Brom.

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Billy Gilmour is out of weekend’s contest due to injury

Three points for either side this weekend would provide a significant boost for the coming weeks’ fixtures.

Chelsea may be without summer signing Ben Chilwell after he withdrew from the England squad on Tuesday, with it reported this was due to a re-occurence of a previous injury.

Timo Werner will also be assessed, after missing Germany’s clash with Turkey last week due to illness, while Edouard Mendy is expected to miss out after picking up an injury while away with Senegal.

Hakim Ziyech could be in line for his Chelsea debut, after playing 31 minutes for Morocco during the international break before returning to London as part of the Blues’ agreement with his national side.

Southampton will be without midfielder Stuart Armstrong following his positive Covid-19 test.

Ralph Hasenhuttl could opt to hand a Southampton debut to Mohammad Salisu following his summer move from Real Valladolid.