Chelsea vs. Southampton: Preview and TV schedule

Mike Hewitt

Chelsea have a tough game on Sunday, welcoming the Premier League's surprise package Southampton to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have the second-best home record in the Premier League this season, and are yet to lose at Stamford Bridge. They face one of their toughest tests yet this weekend, with Mauricio Pochettino's high-flying Southampton heading to town.

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The Saints are currently just a couple of points behind third-placed Chelsea, and have been the surprise package of the Premier League season. They suffered only their second defeat of the campaign against league leaders Arsenal last weekend, and will be eager to bounce back at the first opportunity.

José Mourinho will be unable to select David Luiz, Samuel Eto'o and Marco van Ginkel through injury, though Ashley Cole should be available again after a rib problem. Southampton have Guly do Prado sidelined after knee surgery, while Dejan Lovren and Jack Cork are in doubt.

Chelsea injuries and suspensions

Out: David Luiz (knee), Samuel Eto'o (hamstring), Marco van Ginkel (knee). In doubt: Ashley Cole (rib).

Southampton injuries and suspensions

Out: Guly do Prado (knee). In doubt: Dejan Lovren (illness), Jack Cork (ankle).

Projected lineups

Chelsea: Petr Čech; Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanović; Ramires, John Obi Mikel; Eden Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata; Fernando Torres.

Southampton: Artur Boruc; Luke Shaw, Jose Fonte, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne; Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama; Jay Rodriguez, Adam Lallana, James Ward-Prowse; Rickie Lambert.

Match Date/Time: Sunday, 4:10 p.m. local, 11:10 a.m. ET

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, England

TV: NBC Sports Network, DirecTV, Mun2 (U.S.), TSN (Canada), Sky Sports 1/HD (U.K.).

Online: NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S.), Sky Go (U.K.).

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