CONFIRMED: Southampton & Chelsea lineups - Blues go strong

Here is how Southampton and Chelsea will line-up for this afternoon’s match at the St Mary's Stadium:

Southampton starting XI: TBA

Subs: TBA

Chelsea starting XI: Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Ramires; Schurrle, Mata, Hazard; Torres.

Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, Essien, Oscar, Willian, Eto'o and Ba.

Jose Mourinho fields an attacking trident consisting of Andre Schurrle, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard; a creative threesome who are guaranteed to create multiple chances for the team.

Fernando Torres regains his place after Samuel Eto'o scored on December 29 against Liverpool and may well have added motivation so that he is able to one-up his Cameroonian strike rival.

More on Southampton's selection when the first team and substitutes have been confirmed.

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