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Southampton v Chelsea Preview

It`s back to the delights of domestic football this weekend, after the boredom of international football, when Chelsea travel to the South Coast to take on a resurgent Southampton side, now managed by the Argentine, Mauriccio Pochettino. It promises to be a tough game but one, on paper, you`d expect Chelsea to win.

Vital Quotes:

Having jumped above Spurs, in the table, to go third, Chelsea have got a little momentum going and although the fixture list is congested, Rafa Benitez is looking on the positive side when he remarks ahead of the clash with Southampton,

"It is better to have this schedule because it means you are still competing."

"With a top side, the last month in the season is when you fight for trophies. We are still there and it is a positive."

"At this stage of the competition, you have to win games and then you can win trophies. It has to be now, in this period."

Southampton Team News:

There could, quite possibly, be three notable absentees from the Southampton side for this fixture, the influential Adam Lallana, the teenage defender Luke Shaw and the defender Jos Hooiveld, are all struggling for fitness. But there could be a debut for their latest acquisition Vegard Forren.

Player to watch: Rickie Lambert

Southampton`s top scorer recently signed a new contract at St Marys and we`re all perfectly aware of the danger he presents.

Chelsea Team News:

Rafa Benitez takes his squad to the south-coast mindful of a very hectic fixture list that will see us play four times in eight days.

The only player definitely out is young Oriol Romeu, however there are doubts about Gary Cahill and Ramires, both of whom couldn`t fulfil international commitments.

With qualification for the Champions League, next season, a priority, we expect Rafa to field his strongest eleven and worry about Monday lunchtime, against Manchester United, once the final whistle goes on Saturday.

Player to watch: Eden Hazard

The young Belgian has rediscovered his early season form whilst also marrying it with a goal streak. Could Eden be our match-winner?

Match Facts & Stats

The last time we travelled to St Marys, for an FA Cup tie, we emerged 5-1 winners. Since then though, we`ve played them at Stamford Bridge whereby the Saints came from 2-0 down to snatch a very creditable 2-2 draw.

In the last seven meetings between the sides Chelsea are unbeaten, boasting four wins and three draws.

If you are looking for when Southampton last beat us on their own turf, it was back in 2000when we lost in stoppage time.

Ref Watch:

Our officials for this encounter are:- Referee - M. Atkinson Assistant - R. West Assistant - H. Lennard Fourth Official - G. Ward

Match Prediction:

Southampton have carved out some decent results, at home, particularly a recent demolition of Liverpool. However, they may be wary of the fact that despite taking the lead against us in the FA Cup, they were eventually crushed 5-1. But we`re not expecting a similar result this time, instead we reckon we may have to come from behind again but the class our midfield has will see us win 3-1.

Next Fixtures:

As the fixtures continue to come thick and fast, we follow the trip to St Marys with a visit from Manchester United on Monday, as we continue our defence of the FA Cup in a quarter-final replay.

The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 29 2013

Time: 4:23PM

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The key is to get an early goal or 2. I would play Cech Azpi-Iva-Terry-Ryan Luiz-Lamps Moses-Mata-Marin T9. Bring in Hazard for Mata & Mikel for Azpi after 70mins, push Luiz back to defence & Iva to RB.
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29/03/2013 17:42:00

All I want is for us to trash ManU @the Bridge. I want us to trash them convincinly. They should end with only the league title.
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29/03/2013 17:45:00

You can be sure that Pochettino will be setting up the Saints to deny space in midfield. Ramires would be a key loss if he can't play. I am hoping that the international fixture break will have interrupted their preparation as much as ours. Btw from the next-gen game, Cheek looks a talent.
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29/03/2013 18:04:00

Underate them at your peril,our strongest 11 should start,no need benching hazard or mata and bringing them late on to rescue the match.we should start them and take them of when we have a healthy lead.
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29/03/2013 19:09:00

Southampton will make it hard for us,they are the best pressing side in the league..they were very impressive against city and pool,but they have a suspect defence.we should take it one game at a time.
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29/03/2013 19:12:00

Lets take it one game at a time,our strongest squad should start this one and our forwards should try convertin atleast fair amount of chances created so that a huge goal margin can afford us the luxury of subbin off our important playerz for the next game
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29/03/2013 19:32:00

Our subs really have very vital roles to play in the upcomin games...they should give their best when called upon and be counted among men
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29/03/2013 19:35:00

Btw, I dont see Spurs beating Swansea. If they draw or loose that game and we & Arsenal win our games in hand then Spurs are logically out of top 4, cos they still have Everton, Stoke, Chelsea & City to play. Too bad for AVB. Would like to see how much patience Levy has.
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29/03/2013 19:48:00

I dont trust swansea especially after that pathetic display against arsenal 2weeks would be great if they squeeze out point(s) 4rm spuds and we win our game,right now am more focused on us winning our own game than any other thing.
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30/03/2013 08:01:00

The problem with benitez is that he doesn't make reasonable subs or do it early, when mazacar are playing the only player he has the balls to remove irrespective of how well he is playing is oscar, there is no need for him to be dumb this time around as his decisions would decide most games, his poor decisions cost us so many points we are trying to claw back now and I hope he learnt one or two lessons from that distasteful experience
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30/03/2013 08:23:00

Offtopic, I saw this article and it is logical enough and I'll like u to see it, our pursuit of winfrey bony is confusing when we have demba ba and a young lukaku, I don't see the dutch league except by chance and surely not vitesse game, so I can't really say, but the question asked is that "is bony better than lukaku?
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30/03/2013 09:30:00

Has anyone heard the new Chelsea song , " my life is Blue" by SOOTSKI
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