Thomas Tuchel makes three changes, with Cesar Azpilicueta making his 450th Chelsea start and Conor Gallagher now serving a suspension.
After serving a suspension against Leeds for receiving a red card, Kalidou Koulibaly is back in the starting lineup. In the midst of rumors that he would be joining his former squad “Ajax,” Hakim Ziyech will also be making his first start for the team this year.
The starting lineups for both teams have been released in anticipation of the Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea, which will begin in 45 minutes at Stamford Bridge in London.
Starting lineup for Chelsea:
Mendy; Azpilicueta (c), Thiago Silva, Koulibaly, Cucurella, Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Mount, Ziyech, Havertz, Sterling.
Subs: Kepa, Chilwell, Ampadu, Chukwuemeka, Gilmour, Kovacic, Pulisic, Vale, Broja.
Starting lineup for Southampton:
Bazunu; Walker-Peters, Bella-Kotchap, Salisu, Diallo, Ward-Prowse (c), Lavia, A Armstrong, Perraud, Elyounoussi, Adams.
Subs: McCarthy, Lyanco, Bednarek, Aribo, Valery, S Armstrong, Djenepo, Walcott, Mara.