The Saints are flying high, sitting in sixth place, with six games unbeaten at the moment, conceding not one goal in that duration of time.
However, they will be well aware of the threat that Chelsea possess given the simply outrageous wealth of talent within the ranks, along with their good run of form under interim manager Guus Hiddink.
In last year’s game at St Mary’s, just before the turn of the year, the Saints played out a highly exciting battle against Jose Mourinho’s men, filled with controversy and plenty of big calls from referee Anthony Taylor.
Saints started brightly and opened the scoring through the improving Sadio Mane, as he latched on to a through ball to loft the ball just beyond the reach of Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea goal to make it 1-0 to the Saints in the 17th minute.
However, despite their efforts to hold on until the interval, Ronald Koeman’s men folded just before half time, as last season’s PFA Player of the Year, Eden Hazard, levelled the scoring after an excellent mazy run through the Southampton back-line to fire past Fraser Forster, a minute before half-time.
The second half was progressively difficult for either side, as chances were cut out and openings struggled to be found, however, a main talking point of the game was when Matt Targett appeared to foul Cesc Fabregas in the box, but Taylor gave the decision Southampton’s way and the Spanish midfielder was booked for diving.
Southampton were forced to play out a nervy last five minutes as they were reduced to ten men due to Morgan Schneiderlin committing a tactical foul to prevent a Chelsea attack and consequently being given his marching orders.
Despite the Blues’ late pressing and efforts to clinch all three points, both teams shared the draw.
Can the Saints get another good result against Chelsea?