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Saints are desperate for points going into the weekend after three defeats on the row has left them struggling in the relegation zone

SOUTHAMPTON host Chelsea as they continue their fight for Premier League survival.

Saints have lost three games in a row and go into the weekend in the relegation zone, but only three points from safety.

In the corresponding fixture last season, Diego Costa sealed a hard-fought win that showed Chelsea’s title credentials to end Southampton’s long unbeaten run at home. That was only 18 months ago. Both teams have unravelled this season and head into a league and cup double-header wondering where another defeat will leave them. Southampton’s plight is more pressing and with five tricky-looking fixtures to follow, Mark Hughes must aim for better than the narrow defeat to Arsenal. He will be without the suspended Jack Stephens but at least has in-form strikers to choose from – Charlie Austin and Shane Long both scored at the Emirates, with Long expected to recover from an ankle problem. Niall McVeigh

Saturday 12.30pm Sky Sports PL
Venue St Mary’s Stadium
Last season Southampton 0 Chelsea 2
Referee Mike Dean
This season G21 Y77 R2 3.86 cards/game
Odds H 7-2 A 5-6 D 11-4

SOUTHAMPTON
Subs from Forster, Taylor, Bednarek, Pied, Lemina, Redmond, Boufal, Sims, Carrillo, Gabbiadini, Hesketh, Obafemi

Doubtful Lemina (illness), Long (ankle)
Injured Davis (achilles, unknown), McQueen (hip, unknown)
Suspended Stephens (first of three)
Discipline Y45 R1

Southampton vs Chelsea 2018 enters very busy month of March where they face some crucial games in Europa League and premier league. Although they are unlikely to finish in the top four and their only chance of playing Champions League next season is through winning Europa League where they face AC Milan over two legs. Apart from that they have a relatively normal Premier League action facing the likes of Brighton, Leicester and Watford.