FT: Southampton 1-1 Chelsea. Well-earned point for Saints, whose six-game Premier League losing streak comes to an end. Chelsea were a little flat in attack, despite all their possession. Thanks for joining us. Goodbye.
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- Yellow cardAlex McCarthySouthampton
Saints look like they will see this result out. Chelsea still very wasteful in attack. McCarthy is booked for timewasting.
Three minutes of added time here.
Mount has a sight of goal, fires with plenty of power, but he cannot keep it down.
- OffDanny IngsSouthampton
- OnChé AdamsSouthampton
Che Adams is on for Saints in place of Ings.
CHANCE! Super stuff from Mount again to create the chance for James, but the wing-back blazes over from a good position.
Djenepo in the thick of it here, and stays down after several fouls on him.
- Yellow cardMarcos AlonsoChelsea
Alonso pulls back Djenepo and earns himself a yellow card.
Ziyech immediately involved, whipping a lovely cross into the middle, but nobody can quite get on the end of it.
- OffTakumi MinaminoSouthampton
- OnNathan TellaSouthampton
Nathan Tella comes on for Saints in place of Minamino.
- OffCallum Hudson-OdoiChelsea
- OnHakim ZiyechChelsea
Double change for Chelsea with the substitute substituted as Hudson-Odoi is withdrawn and replaced by Hakim Zitech, while Mateo Kovacic makes way for Jorginho.
Hudson-Odoi sneaks in round the back, but his pullback is cut out.
CROSSBAR! Ball in from Redmond is looped towards goal by the head of Vestergaard, Mendy is rooted to the floor, but the ball comes out off the crossbar.
Couple of corners here for Saints, with the unforced errors creeping in for Chelsea.
He is, you know.
Does feel like next goal wins. Saints could just as easily snatch this.
Alonso with the no-look pass. Probably should have at least had a glance...
Good response this from the Saints, but they also look like being caught whenever they lose the ball and Chelsea go at them, which makes for an intriguing second half.
Saints only have themselves to blame.
Chelsea back with all the possession. They are biding their time here, trying to pick that pass.
What can Saints do here? They have to try and force the issue.
Mount causing all sorts of problems here, as he wins a free-kick right on the edge of the box.
Surely only one winner from here, given how Saints have capitulated in the second half of many of their recent games.
- Goal by penaltyMason MountChelsea
GGGGGOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLL!!! Southampton 1-1 Chelsea. Mount, in the absence of Jorginho, slots home calmly to level things up. A big moment for a Portsmouth fan!
PENALTY! Clumsy tackle from Ings on Mount and it is a penalty to the visitors.
Werner gets one on one with Bednarek, but shoots for the near post, into the side netting.
Alonso again sneaks in behind, but his touch lets him down as he tried to get into a shooting position.
Perhaps an enforced change.
Looks like a system change for Chelsea, with Hudson-Odoi and Mount in behind Werner up top.
- OffTammy AbrahamChelsea
- OnCallum Hudson-OdoiChelsea
KICK OFF! We are back under way here. One change for Chelsea with Callum Hudson-Odoi on for Abraham.
A great January addition.
- End of 1st Half
HT: Southampton 1-0 Chelsea. A strange half, with Saints on the back foot for most of it, only to take a lead into the interval.
Salisu with a fine tackle on Abraham after good work from Werner to pick out his team-mate.
Three minutes to be added on at the end of the first half. Djenepo is fine to continue.
Delay on play here as Djenepo stays down after a tackle from Kante.
Break was on as Kante carried it forward, but his heavy touch lets him down.
SAVE! Alonso whips a free-kick into the middle, Zouma meets it, heads for goal, but McCarthy gets down well to make the save.
Werner goes sliding in but is a bit late on Djenepo. No card.
He would know.
Tuchel looks furious. To say Chelsea have been dominant is an understatement, and all it took was once pass through the middle of his backline to cut through.
How has this happened? Chelsea were split open far too easily by Redmond's pass, but the finish was cool as you like from Minamino, who put Mendy on the deck before slotting home. His second goal since joining on loan from Liverpool.
- GoalTakumi MinaminoSouthampton
GGGGOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLL!!! Southampton 1-0 Chelsea. Despite all of Chelsea's possession Takumi Minamino finishes brilliantly to give the home side the lead.
Kante wins the ball back and Chelsea come again. They are not getting the ball forward quickly enough, however.
Ambitious effort from Antonio Rudiger from distance, but that is never going to trouble McCarthy.
Remarkable really just how dominant Chelsea have been without creating more than that Alonso early chance.
Mount with zipping pass for Abraham, but that again runs through to Alex McCarthy.
Eighty-six per cent possession for Chelsea in the last five minutes. Feels like a goal is coming...
Nice ball from Zouma out to Alonso, but Djenepo does well to get back and make the tackle.
Alonso pulls the ball back into the Saints penalty area, Werner is lurking, but Jan Bednarek hooks the ball clear.
Poor ball from Werner into Alonso and the move breaks down. Chelsea were in a good position there.
Chelsea now the ones stationed in their own half.
Saints with at least a little bit of possession. Doing very little with it, however.
Mason Mount and James link up well down the right, but the move breaks down.
All Chelsea still here. They are dominating possession and looking dangerous.
N'Golo Kante drives forward, he looks to thread one through for Abraham, but Salisu does well to cut it out.
CHANCE! Big opportunity for Marcos Alonso here. James picks him out at the far post, Alonso arrives to meet it on the volley, but he drags his effort wide.
High pressing from Saints here, with six players pushing Chelsea back every time they get the ball.
Reece James looks for the run of Timo Werner early on, but gets too much on it.
KICK OFF! We are up and running on the south coast.
So here we go. Can Chelsea compound Saints' misery?
Is Hasenhuttl the issue? The Austrian has lost more Premier League home games than any other Southampton manager (W16 D7 L20). In fact, the Austrian has lost 47% of his home games in the competition with Saints - only Stuart Gray has lost a higher share with the club (71% - 5 of 7).
Losing 9-0 twice in 16 months won't have helped.
What a start it has been for Tuchel. The German has picked up 13 points from his first five Premier League games in charge of Chelsea (W4 D1), level with José Mourinho's first five with the club and bettered only by Carlo Ancelotti and Maurizio Sarri (15 pts each). Five of the last 10 managers to go unbeaten in their first six Premier League games have been in charge of Chelsea (Sarri, Ancelotti, Scolari, Mourinho, Gullit).
What does the future hold for the American?
Cheer up lads!
HEAD TO HEAD: Southampton have lost their last five home league games against Chelsea, their longest losing run against a specific opponent in their league history. Chelsea haven't failed to win either of their league meetings with Southampton in a season since 2014-15, when they drew 1-1 both home and away against them. Southampton have lost 24 Premier League games against Chelsea; only versus Manchester United (28) have they lost more in the competition.
MENDY AND KANTE BACK, SALISU DEBUTS: The big team news is that Edouard Mendy returns in goal for Chelsea, with Kepa Arrizabalaga back on the bench. N'Golo Kante also comes back in, in place of Jorginho. Reece James starts at wing-back. Southampton are without Kyle Walker-Peters this afternoon, meaning Mohammed Salisu makes his full debut for the south coast club.
TEAM NEWS - SOUTHAMPTON: McCarthy, Bertrand, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Salisu, Djenepo, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Ings, Minamino... Subs: Forster, Stephens, Adams, Tella, Ramsay, N'Lundulu, Ferry, Jankewitz, Chauke. /// CHELSEA: Mendy, Alonso, Rudiger, Zouma, Azpilicueta, James, Kante, Kovacic, Mount, Abraham, Werner... Subs: Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Jorginho, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Ziyech, Gilmour, Emerson
The teams are in...
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Chelsea's Premier League trip to Southampton. Everything has gone pretty much to plan for Thomas Tuchel so far, as the German remains unbeaten. It is a different story for Saints, who have lost six consecutive league matches for the first time in their history. Time to change that.