Chelsea has been one of the top-performing European football clubs for several decades, but it fell short in the Champions League group stage this week, falling 1–0 against Juventus on Wednesday. Chelsea will look to get back on track in a Premier League contest Saturday against Southampton.
Against Juventus, though Chelsea controlled play for the majority of the match, Federico Chiesa's goal stood as the lone score of the match.
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A string of missed opportunities from Romelu Lukaku belied the striker's usual pinpoint accuracy. A home-field advantage may help the Belgian return to form.
On the other end of the league table from fifth-place Chelsea, Southampton are treading dangerously close to the relegation zone. Southampton's four-match run of draws was only broken by a recent 1-0 loss to Wolverhampton, and they will need to correct course before their current trajectory becomes irreversible.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl will be without Armando Broja for this match, but Theo Walcott, James Ward, and Tino Livramento all are available for the visiting side.