The Chelsea XI to beat Southampton
After being dumped out of the EFL Cup on Wednesday by West Ham, Chelsea will be desperate to amend the defeat by ending Southampton’s impressive form.
Antonio Conte’s switch from a back-four to his formidable back-three formation has ensured a form of Chelsea has drastically changed in recent weeks. But facing Southampton provides no simple task as Claude Puel has settled into life on the South Coast in rather comfortable fashion.
A number of Saints fans were weary when the club announced the Frenchman as Ronald Koeman’s replacement. However, his success in recent weeks further highlights Southampton’s progression over the years. Puel’s willingness to provide a platform for youngsters is pivotal to their recent form.
The starting eleven Conte chooses this Sunday will decide in the outcome of the match. Chelsea have not conceded a league goal since September 24th but it’s imperative the Stamford Bridge gaffer gets his selection right to sustain that dominance.