Chelsea vs Southampton head-to-head details and stats
It’s familiar Boxing Day opposition for the Blues this year as Southampton head to the Bridge, and we begin our preview with all the facts and stats…

In the reverse fixture at St Mary’s on 6 October, the Blues won 4-1 with goals from Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, N’Golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi. Danny Ings scored for Saints.

Chelsea have won eight and drawn one of our last nine games in all competitions between the teams (eight Premier League, one FA Cup)

Southampton’s last win at Stamford Bridge came in October 2015 when Ronald Koeman was in charge. Willian opened the scoring but goals from Steven Davis, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle secured the points for the Saints.

We have met four times on Boxing Day in the Premier League, most famously 20 years ago when we became the first Premier League side to name a starting XI with no British players in a 2-1 win at the Dell.

Biggest league win for each team:

Chelsea 4-0 Southampton 1973/74, 2003/04
Southampton 5-0 Chelsea 1968/69
Southampton’s biggest league win at Stamford Bridge: 6-2 in 1967/68

Last Meeting at Stamford Bridge

Premier League, Stamford Bridge, 02.01.19, 7.45pm

Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Rüdiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kanté, Jorginho, Barkley (Fàbregas 68); Willian (Loftus-Cheek 37), Morata, Hazard.
Unused subs Caballero, Zappacosta, Ampadu, Christensen, Emerson.
Injured Pedro, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi. 
Head coach Maurizio Sarri
Booked Rudiger 74

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Southampton (5-4-1) Gunn; Valery, Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Soares; Redmond (Stephens 90+4), Romeu (c), Ward-Prowse, Armstrong (Austin 89); Ings (Long h/t).
Unused subs McCarthy, Elyounoussi, Slattery, Ramsay.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl
Booked Bednarek 30, Romeu 79

Referee Jon Moss
Attendance 40,668

Chelsea’s festive form

Willian’s penalty on Sunday was Chelsea’s 100th Premier League goal against Tottenham – in the history of the competition, only Manchester United against Everton (101), Liverpool against Newcastle (101) and Arsenal against Everton (107) have scored more goals against a single opponent.

Chelsea stand fourth with 32 points from 18 matches, six points behind third-placed Man City and four points above newly-promoted Sheffield United in fifth.

The Blues have won six and drawn one of our last seven Boxing Day matches.


Tammy Abraham has had more shots on target in the league than any other Blues player this term:

Premier League shots on target
Abraham 24, Mount 17, Pulisic 14, Willian 12, Emerson 7, Barkley 5, Pedro 5, Kovacic 4, Zouma 4, Alonso 3, Kanté 3, Batshuayi 2, Giroud 2, Hudson-Odoi 2, Tomori 2, Azpilicueta 1, Christensen 1, Jorginho 1

Chelsea have lost two of our last three Premier League home games, as many as we had in our previous 28 at Stamford Bridge in the competition.

The Blues have lost each of our last two Premier League games against sides starting the day in the bottom four: Everton in December and West Ham in November.

Premier League scorers

Abraham 11, Mount 5, Pulisic 5, Willian 4 (1 pen), Kante 3, Alonso 1, Batshuayi 1, Jorginho 1 (pen), Kovacic 1, Tomori 1


At Tottenham on Sunday, Marcos Alonso made his 100th Premier League start and Mateo Kovacic made his 50th Premier League appearance.


Southampton Stats

This season’s Premier League stats
Most appearances:
 Bednarek 18, Ings 18, Ward-Prowse 18
Most goals: Ings 11, Ward-Prowse 4, Djenepo 2
Most assists: Boufal 2, Ward-Prowse 2
Most clean sheets: Gunn 2

Southampton are 17th in the Premier League with 18 points from 18 games – three points above the drop zone.

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Each of Southampton’s last 16 Premier League goals have been scored by English players. Excluding own goals, it’s the longest such run in the competition since Queens Park Rangers between March 1996 – September 2011 (17 goals).

Southampton’s Danny Ings has scored 11 Premier League goals this season, his joint-most in a single campaign in the competition (level with 2014/15).

No Southampton player has scored more Premier League goals before Christmas in a season than the 11 Ings has netted this term (level with James Beattie in 2002/03).


James Ward-Prowse has been involved in 42 Premier League goals for Southampton (21 goals, 21 assists) – more than any other current player at the club.

Against Aston Villa last weekend Saints scored three goals in a Premier League away game for the first time in 364 days, since winning 3-1 at Huddersfield on 22 December 2018.

16 of Southampton’s 17 Boxing Day fixtures in the Premier League have been against a London side. Their only away Boxing Day victory in the capital in the competition was at Crystal Palace in 2014.

Southampton haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 13 Premier League games since their 1-0 win at Sheffield United on 14 September.

Southampton have scored in each of their last eight Premier League away games, their longest such streak in the competition since a run of 11 between December 2013 – April 2014.


Southampton, who have won three of their last five games, will play a Premier League game having started the day outside of the relegation zone for the first time since October.

On the road, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have won eight points this term from a possible 24.
Burnley L 0-3
Brighton W 2-0
Sheffield United W 1-0
Tottenham L 1-2
Wolves D 1-1
Man City L 1-2
Arsenal D 2-2
Newcastle L 1-2

Premier League scorers 

Ings 11, Ward-Prowse 4 (1 pen), Djenepo 2, Bertrand 1, Redmond 1, Stephens 1, Vestergaard 1

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s managerial record against Chelsea

Won: 0
Drawn: 1
Lost: 1


Southampton’s last Premier League game

Saturday 21 December
Aston Villa 1 Southampton 3
Team 4-4-2: McCarthy; Soares, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Armstrong (Romeu 76), Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg (c), Redmond; Long (Obafemi 82), Ings (Adams 87)
Booked: Ward-Prowse
Scorers: Ings 21, 51, Stephens 31


Mateo Kovacic is suspended today for reaching five yellow cards before 19 Premier League games have been completed.

This is the last day for suspensions for five yellows. 10 bookings before 32 Premier League games have been completed will result in a two-match suspension.

Premier League bookings list

Chelsea: Jorginho 6, Kovacic 5, Alonso 3, Abraham 2, Christensen 2, Mount 2, Tomori 2, Willian 2, Zouma 2, Emerson 1, Hudson-Odoi 1, Kante 1, Rudiger 1

Southampton: Hojbjerg 4, Djenepo 3, Ward-Prowse 3, Bertrand 2, Romeu 2, Armstrong 1, Bednarek 1, Boufal 1, Ings 1, Redmond 1, Soares 1, Valery 1, Vestergaard 1, Yoshida 1

Referee and VAR

Referee: Jon Moss
VAR: Simon Hooper

Jon Moss was the official in the corresponding fixture last season on 2 January. His only Chelsea league game since then was this season’s home defeat to West Ham in November.


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