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Chelsea travel to face Southampton this afternoon, with both sides rediscovering their best form in recent weeks.

Southampton moved back into the top four on Boxing Day, whilst Chelsea cemented top spot on the same day.

Ronald Koeman’s men eased past Crystal Palace, winning 3-1 at Selhurst Park, in what turned out to be Neil Warnock’s last game in charge of the Eagles.



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Southampton were 3-0 up through goals from Saido Mane, Ryan Bertrand and Toby Alderweireld with his first goal for the Saints.

Palace scored a consolation effort late on through Scott Dann, however it wasn’t enough to stop Southampton recording back to back wins.

Chelsea beat their London rivals West Ham comfortably at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.

John Terry scored for a second consecutive match, opening the scoring after he converted a Diego Costa knock down.

Costa himself sealed the victory with his 13th Premier League goal of the season, as Chelsea kept up their 100% league record at home.

Chelsea did the double over Southampton last season, including a 3-0 victory at the St. Mary’s.

For long periods Southampton matched Chelsea, however three goals in the second period helped the Blues ease home.

Team news
Ryan Bertrand is out for Southampton, having joined the club on a season long loan from Sunday’s opponents.

Jose Fonte’s return from a ban is well timed and Alderweireld could move to left-back in Bertrand’s absence.

Victor Wanyama looks set for a return to the side in midfield, with Dusan Tadic also hopeful of featuring.

Oscar could make way for Ramires as Chelsea consider a 4-3-3 formation in a change to their usual 4-2-3-1.

Jose Mourinho will resist the urge to make changes given the difficulty of their fixture, meaning Felipe Luis and Andre Schurrle will miss out.

Southampton: Forster, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Alderweireld, Davis, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Mane, Pelle, Tadic
Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Matic, Ramires, Fabregas, Hazard, Willian, Costa

As well as being the Editor in Chief of SqueakyBumTime, Bobby is also a Swansea City fan (before they reached the promised land).