Southampton vs. Chelsea live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch the EPL online
Southampton are back in the top four after a convincing Boxing Day win on the road. Can they cause an upset at home against Chelsea and secure their place in the EPL’s upper echelon?
One of the hottest starts of the season in England belonged to Southampton, who reached as high as second place in the table before injuries and a loss of form sent them stumbling down a bit, taking some of the luster off their accomplishments. Of course, Chelsea have been on an inexorable march through the league, losing just once as they ripped off an amazing run of form that seems destined to take the English Premier League title.
Southampton have been on a bit of a bounceback of late, though, winning their last two matches, a pair of heavy wins over Everton at home and Crystal Palace looking to give them their momentum back. Chelsea are a much tougher opposition, though, and won’t make life near so easy for the Saints as those two slumping sides wound up doing. They’ll have to be at their very best to have a chance to upend Chelsea in this one, and even then they might need a healthy helping of luck. Stranger things have happened, though, and given the quality of these two teams, this should be a very entertaining match for all to enjoy.
Key player – Dusan Tadic (Southampton)
For the first couple of months this season, Tadic was on fire, nearly unstoppable for Southampton in the league. Since then, he’s been a little bit off-kilter; whether he’s carrying a bit of a knock or teams have just figured out how to mark him better is unknown, but his form has dropped every bit as sharply as Southampton’s. If the Saints are to stand any chance against Chelsea, they need Tadic to play well. He definitely has the footwork and skill to tie Branislav Ivanovic in to knots if his fellow Serbian starts at right back for Chelsea, but even if he does Chelsea have a few other quality players he’d have to beat.
Hazard is unquestionably Chelsea’s best player on his day, even better than Diego Costa. That means that if Clyne can do something to keep him at bay, the rest of Southampton’s defense might — might — stand a fair chance at keeping these even. Clyne’s been in good form for most of this season, but stopping Hazard is a big, big ask, even for someone with the raw talent Clyne does. If Hazard breaks loose of him, Southampton’s back line is going to have a long, bad day.
Southampton injuries and suspensions
Chelsea injuries and suspensions
Out: None reported.
Match Date/Time: Sunday, 2:05 P.M. local, 9:05 A.M. ET
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, England
TV: NBCSN (U.S. – English), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), Sportsnet regional (Canada)
Online: NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S.), Sky GO (U.K.), Sportsnet World Online (Canada)