The seventh-placed Blues went into the fortnight on a high after a thumping 4-0 victory over London rivals Crystal Palace that featured a goal on his maiden start from £45million summer signing Ben Chilwell and a top-flight debut for new goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, as well as a brace from Jorginho.
That win was gratefully received by Frank Lampard after the frustration of a penalty shootout loss to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup, a 3-3 League draw against West Brom in which his error-strewn team were three goals down at half-time, and a 2-0 home defeat by Liverpool.
Chelsea will be favourites to overcome a Southampton side that have won two and lost two of their opening four Leagues matches this term, securing back-to-back victories over Burnley and West Brom prior to the international break.
Chelsea vs Southampton is scheduled for a 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday, October 17.
The match will be behind closed doors at Stamford Bridge with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
Lampard will be without summer signings Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva. Goalkeeper Mendy picked up an injury while on international duty with Senegal and Lampard must now decide whether to start Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero in goal.
Silva is not injured but has been left out of the squad after making the mammoth round-trip to Peru for Brazil’s World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night. However, there is some good news for Lampard as wingers Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech are fit to return to the squad.
Goalkeeper Mendy picked up an injury while on international duty with Senegal and Lampard must now decide whether to start Kepa Arrizabalaga or Willy Caballero in goal.
Silva is not injured but has been left out of the squad after making the mammoth round-trip to Peru for Brazil’s World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night.
Pulisic has not started a game since going off injured in last season’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal, while Ziyech is yet to make his debut after arriving from Ajax in the summer. Lampard added that the Moroccan wis not ready to start but could make a cameo from the bench.
Ben Chilwell is available for selection, despite withdrawing early from international duty with England. The left-back missed England’s friendly against Wales because of a coronavirus breach and was released from the squad prior to Wednesday night’s 1-0 defeat to Denmark, in order to return to Cobham and build fitness ahead of the Saints clash.