Chelsea V Southampton: EFL Cup Match Preview

Chelsea’s second Carabao cup outing of the season awaits them tonight, with a match against Southampton on the horizon. Following a 7-0 routing at the Bridge on Saturday morning, the Blues now turn their attention to the League cup, a trophy of which they have been hunting for a number of years now. Chelsea’s last League cup triumph came in 2014/15, the same year they won the Premier League. Chelsea have made the League cup final eight times, winning on five occasions.

Southampton on the other hand are yet to achieve glory in the EFL Cup as of yet. The Saint’s came agonisingly close against Manchester United in 2017, but glory was stolen from their grasp by an 87th minute winner from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Ralph Hasenhüttl will hope to try and edge past the current Premier League leaders this evening, but their task at hand is a might one, with Chelsea in venomous form.

Speaking of which, lets talk about Saturday, shall we? A truly stellarperformance from Chelsea, scoring seven goals, which was generous considering we finished the game with 13 shots on target. Tim Krul actually saved Norwich from even more embarrassment, which is hard to believe. Not only were the seven goals impressive, but all around the pitch, Chelsea expressed themselves like champions. Let’s hope fortunes can be repeated this evening.

Team news and updates:

It is likely that we see some rotation throughout the team tonight, with the regular starters earning a rest following four successive victories. Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner are definitely out, with Christian Pulisic also set to miss the game. The rest of the squad is fully fit, and changes will be expected from Tuchel

“There will be some changes, how much I don’t know yet.

Sometimes you can never be fully sure, do you interrupt a good flow, is it better to keep everybody in there and playing to keep the momentum going or is it the moment to give some players a rest?”

Thomas Tuchel via

As per Football London, we also understand Harvey Vale trained with the first team yesterday and there is a good chance he could be with the squad tonight.

Predicted Lineup:

This is going to be a longshot, but I’ll give it a go anyway.


Chalobah, Christensen, Sarr

Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso

Mount, Loftus Cheek, Barkley

I think the front three here would be rotational, with all three players swapping roles throughout the game. I think Barkley was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet against Norwich, and could have added to the scoreline with more sharpness, and a start upfront tonight could very much improve the parts of his game that are rusty.

Kovacic was quietly exceptional on Saturday, running the show from the middle of the park, so he keeps his place for me. Kepa between the sticks just works in the cup, so I’m more than happy to gve Mendy a well earned rest tonight. Hat trick hero Mason Mount also has so start for me.

Players to watch:

Ruben Loftus Cheek: It’s that man again. Maybe it’s my own personal bias, or the fact that I adore watching this man play football. But surely I’m not the only one, right? RLC has been immense this season, and every time he is called upon he shines. I think 90 minutes is certain for Ruben this evening, and I expect him to grab a goal or an assist too. He unselfishly slotted Mount in for his hat trick on Saturday, and I think this is the perfect chance for Thomas Tuchel to see what he is really about.

Tino Livramento: Tino has enjoyed his start to his Saints career, and has looked like a player way older than he is. The full back looks like he has years of experience behind him, and has been Southampton’s star man in recent weeks. He also grabbed himself a goal at the weekend against Burnley, and the 18-year-old will be aiming to catch Thomas Tuchel’s eyes, as the player has a buyback clause in his contract that could see him return to Chelsea in the future.

Score Prediction:

Chelsea 3-1 Southampton

Loftus Cheek, Barkley, Azpilicueta


Written by @mashgreaves 

Chelsea vs Watford Match Preview – A Must Win

Live match preview - Chelsea vs Watford 04.07.2020

Chelsea face Watford in the Premier League tonight at 20:00 (UK), with a victory needed more than ever. The results from today’s game included wins from Manchester United and Leicester City, meaning Chelsea dropped out of the top four for the first time since October.

Obviously with the game in hand, Chelsea will have to get all three points to try and stay in the top four, with the race being a lot tighter than expected, after the Blues’ very disappointing loss against West Ham midweek.

Football is being played every three days for most clubs, and Chelsea will have to try and forget their woes in the London Derby and start with a fresh mind. Since the restart, we have beaten Aston Villa, Manchester City and Leicester. All three games had many positives to take, and the Blues will want to replicate that in tonight’s game.

With games coming thick and fast, injuries were inevitable. Mateo Kovacic and Fikayo Tomori are out of today’s squad as confirmed by Frank Lampard yesterday, with Watford also missing Gerard Deulofeu, Daryl Janmaat and Isaac Success.

Kovačić picks up Achilles injury, Tomori still out; Ziyech, Werner ...

Last time we played Watford, Chelsea marginally won 2-1. Jorginho provided the assist of the season to Tammy Abraham who chipped the keeper, and Pulisic scored a tap in after some great movement which gave prime Frank Lampard vibes. The last 30 minutes were definitely not the easiest though. Although Jorginho and Kovacic played some of the best football together, the Italian midfielder gave away a cheap penalty which they tucked away, and Kepa had to make an outstanding save in the last few seconds from Ben Foster!

The Jorginho and Kovacic partnership certainly worked at Vicarage Road, with there being so much space and them easily gliding past the midfielders. Despite Gilmour’s terrible performance against Leicester in the FA Cup, this could be the perfect game for him to thrive in. Will he start though? Let’s have a look at my predicted lineup…

Kepa has definitely had a shaky start, and the latest reports suggest that his future at the club could depend on these remaining 6 games in the Premier League. Although his performances haven’t been good enough, Caballero isn’t much better and the Spaniard needs to try and gain confidence quickly.

The back line is hard to guess, and there is a chance we could even see the return of a three at the back formation. I have chosen Azpilicueta at Left-Back after Alonso’s disastrous performance, and it also is a chance to give Reece James so more minutes in his natural position after not impressing. Arguably, both Christensen and Rudiger deserve to be dropped after their disasterclass midweek, but the German drops out for my predicted lineup after making too many mistakes. If Frank wants leadership, he should have enough with Azpilicueta and Jorginho ahead of him.

Talking of Jorginho, I do expect him to start. He hasn’t played a single minute since the restart, with Lampard preferring the likes of Gilmour, Barkley, Kante, Kovacic, Mount and Loftus-Cheek all ahead of him. Despite this, there is no doubt he is an important player in the dressing room while being vice-captain and with the Croatian out, I can see him getting a start. On the other hand, Frank has definitely made it clear he wants to play with the traditional CDM role with two 8’s either side, but it will be interesting to see if he reverts back to the system used mainly for the last two seasons. Mason Mount is almost guaranteed to start as his importance to the team becomes clearer every single game, with his pressing abilities and moving the ball quickly. Kante is one of Lampard’s favourites players and rightly so, therefore it would be unlikely to see him on the bench, however he does need a rest at some stage.

It is also likely that we will see a Giroud, Pulisic, Willian front three. All three have impressed massively, with the American being our best player by far, Willian playing like prime Ronaldinho, and Giroud not being amazing, but definitely offering more to the team than Tammy Abraham. Hudson-Odoi will probably be on the bench and hopefully he can get some minutes as a substitute, and Pedro was not even in the squad last game so there’s a very little chance he will be in the starting lineup.

Chelsea should be looking to win this game comfortable, and I think the Blues will. Lampard will make it very clear to the players that nothing less than a win will be unacceptable, and hopefully a big whack in the head will wake up the players.

I’m going for a comfortable 3-1 victory for the best club in London. What are you going for? Let us know on our social media platforms!