Southampton will be kicking themselves for failing to win against a 10-man Tottenham side last weekend, yet the Saints will have a chance of getting back to winning ways this weekend.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will welcome Chelsea to St. Mary’s this Sunday in a fixture that some supporters could be eyeing as a potential win for Southampton, and who could blame them.
Frank Lampard’s new-look Blues have been one of the most interesting teams in the Premier League this season, with results varying from a 4-0 opening game defeat to Manchester United to thrashing Wolves 5-2 at Molineux.
The blend of experienced heads and exciting prospects all make for an entertaining yet unpredictable package that Southampton must be aware of, and events this weekend have not gone in the favour of the Saints.
As well as Chelsea winning on the road in the Champions League against Lille, two of their emerging stars in the form of Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori received their first professional England call-ups from Gareth Southgate with fellow youngster Mason Mount also retaining his place in the squad.
The feel-good factor is high around Chelsea at the moment, and this new-found confidence and belief is something the Saints will need to be wary of if the south coast side are aiming to collect all three points against the Blues, something Southampton have not done since 2015, with seven straight defeats coming after that as records from 11v11 show.
Southampton will have the confidence in getting something over Chelsea this weekend based on the Blues unpredictability this season, yet events this week have swung the fixture in favour of the west London team, for Hasenhuttl and company, they will need to be on high alert today and play to the best of their abilities if they are to cause an upset of sorts in the Premier League.