Chelsea are aiming to extend their away scoring streak against Southampton to 18 matches.
Saint Mary’s stadium has often proved a safe haven for the Blues, who have scored on each of the past 17 occasions we have docked at the Hampshire port in the league. That is the longest scoring sequence one team has had on another’s soil in the history of the Premier League.
As a result, the Saints have shipped 44 home goals against the Londoners in that time, the most against any of their opponents. Equally, only at Tottenham’s various grounds have Chelsea found the net more times: 51.
The west Londoners successfully navigated a great test of character on Saturday, playing with 10 men for more than an hour and winning – unlike the collapse at Leeds a week earlier.
Morale should be restored by that three-point claim, as well as key summer signing Raheem Sterling netting his first two goals.
Sterling, who will be making his 325th appearance in the Premier League if he plays on Tuesday has scored seven times and bagged four assists in 18 Premier League games against Southampton.
The 27 year old has scored 111 times in the Premier League with 91 of the goals coming in 225 appearances for Manchester City, 18 in 95 games for Liverpool and the remaining two in four games for Chelsea.