Chelsea will face Southampton next, hoping to add to their trophy collection with a run in the Carabao Cup.
While a bid at the Premier League crown remains the aim for the early table toppers, the Champions League has proven to be a springboard to greater success on multiple occasions for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Chelsea has beaten finalists in 2019, but Manchester City’s recent domination means they haven’t won the competition since beating Tottenham in 2015.
Chelsea was propelled forward by a Mason Mount masterclass, with the England international scoring a hat-trick against Daniel Farke’s side in his first start in October against Norwich. The Premier League’s newcomers Norwich were thrashed 7-0.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mateo Kovacic, for example, gave it their all and will be in position to keep their places on the teamsheet for the forthcoming match against Southampton, who drew 2-2 with Burnley last time out.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Chelsea vs Southampton is scheduled for a 7:45pm BST kick-off on Tuesday, October 25, 2021.
Chelsea are still without Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, who were both injured in last week’s Champions League triumph over Malmo.
Kepa Arrizabalaga is expected to return in goal, while Saul Niguez, who has struggled for minutes since joining from Atletico Madrid this summer, might make his debut. Midfielder N’Golo Kante is also set to return to the fold after sitting out the thumping win over Norwich on Saturday.
Southampton forward Mohamed Elyounoussi iwill be missen out due to a minor surgery on his hand. Armando Broja, Blues loanee who scored against Burnley but is not eligible to play his native club, will have time to heal after suffering a minor ankle injury on Saturday.
Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Kepa; James, Chalobah, Sarr, Alonso; Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Saul; Ziyech, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi
Southampton possible starting lineup:
Forster; Valery, Lyanco, Salisu, Perraud; Diallo, Romeu; Tella, Armstrong, Djenepo; Adams
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Chelsea wins: 47
Southampton wins: 31
- Chelsea have progressed from both of their League Cup ties against Southampton, with the most recent such meeting coming at this stage in 1997-98 – the Blues winning 2-1 at Stamford Bridge en route to lifting the trophy.
- Chelsea won 3-1 against Southampton at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League earlier this month – only once have they won two home games against the same team in a single calendar month in their history, doing so against Liverpool in January 1997.
- Chelsea have fallen at this stage of the League Cup in four of the last six seasons, including each of the last two (vs Man Utd in 2019-20 and Tottenham last season).
- Southampton have scored 10 goals in their two League Cup games this season, as many as they’d scored in their previous nine matches in the competition. Only Preston (11) have netted more so far this term.
- Timo Werner has scored in both of his League Cup appearances for Chelsea, with both ending 1-1 and being settled on penalties.
- No side has had more different goalscorers in the League Cup than Southampton this season (excl. own goals), with their 10 goals being scored by seven different players.