Confirmed: Chelsea v Southampton lineups - Long starts in place of Pelle

Chelsea Fans

Here is how Chelsea and Southampton will line up for today's clash at Stamford Bridge...

Chelsea can tighten their grip on their grip on the Premier League title today with a win over Southampton.

Manchester City's surprise defeat at Burnley on Saturday night means that Chelsea can go eight points clear if they beat the Saints today.

It's a familiar line-up for Jose Mourinho, with Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian behind Diego Costa, though Gary Cahill is preferred to Kurt Zouma in defence.

For Southampton, Ronald Koeman's men still harbour hopes of a top six finish, and will be hoping that a recent blip in form is behind them.

The Saints won their last game 1-0 against Crystal Palace, but a lingering concern has been the recent goal drought for striker Graziano Pelle.

The Italian has been dropped today, with Shane Long leading the line in his place, as Pelle makes do with a spot on the bench.

Chelsea lineup

Starting:

  • Thibaut Courtois
  • César Azpilicueta
  • Gary Cahill
  • Branislav Ivanovic
  • John Terry
  • Cesc Fàbregas
  • Eden Hazard
  • Nemanja Matic
  • Oscar
  • Willian
  • Diego Costa

Substitutes: Petr Cech, Filipe Luis, Kurt Zouma, Juan Cuadrado, Ramires, Didier Drogba, Loïc Remy.

Southampton lineup

Starting:

  • Fraser Forster
  • Toby Alderweireld
  • Ryan Bertrand
  • Nathaniel Clyne
  • Jose Fonte
  • Steven Davis
  • Sadio Mané
  • Morgan Schneiderlin
  • Dusan Tadic
  • Victor Wanyama
  • Shane Long

Substitutes: Kelvin Davis, Florin Gardos, Matt Targett, Maya Yoshida, Filip Djuricic, James Ward-Prowse, Graziano Pellè.

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