CONFIRMED: Chelsea v Southampton line-ups - Essien starts

Stamford Bridge

Who will feature in the game between Chelsea and Southampton this evening?

Chelsea take on Southampton today at Stamford Bridge - in a game that could see either team finish the day second in the table depending on other results.

Chelsea have been inconsistent recently, and but for Artur Boruc’s recent mishaps Southampton might be further up the table (they might be further down were it not for his performances against Liverpool and Manchester United).

So this game really could go either way.

Chelsea have Fernando Torres back fit in action while Samuel Eto’o is out with a hamstring injury suffered in the Champions League.

David Luiz has returned to action after a knee injury however he cannot return to action just yet.

Southampton have no real issues over their first-team but two regular bench players Jack Cork and Gaston Ramirez are fit enough to feature.

So who starts the game this afternoon…

Here are the line-ups…

Chelsea starting XICech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Essien, Ramires; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres

Subs: Schwarzer, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Schurrle, Willian, Ba

Southampton starting XI: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, Lallana (c), Rodriguez, Osvaldo

Subs: Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Lambert, Davis, Cork, Chambers, Hooiveld.

image: © geetarchurchy

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch