Chelsea vs Southampton preview: What time does it start, what channel is it on and where can I watch it?

A look ahead to the Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge

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It’s a big game for...

Radamel Falcao: With number one striker Diego Costa serving the last of his three-match suspension, it is a big opportunity for 29-year-old Falcao to prove himself to Jose Mourinho. The Columbian forward has only one goal since joining on loan from Monaco and with Costa set to return and Loic Remy waiting in the wings, Falcao may not get many more chances. If he can score against the Saints and halt Chelsea’s poor form, he will give his manager a selection problem going into the international break.

Best stat…

14: Chelsea conceded 14 goals in Jose Mourinho’s debut season in 2004-05 – The Blues are already one shy of matching that with only seven games played.

Remember when...

Southampton came from two goals down to earn a draw at Stamford Bridge? Saints manager Nigel Adkins was sacked only days later.

Player to watch…

Dusan Tadic: Southampton’s talisman has been in great from this season scoring three goals in his six Saints appearances. Extremely comfortable on the ball and an eye for the killer ball, Tadic could be a huge problem to Chelsea’s vulnerable back-line.

Out to stop him will be his compatriot Nemanja Matic. The giant central midfielder was named in last season’s PFA Team of the year but has started this season slowly. When Matic performs, Chelsea usually follow suit and they will need their man in the middle to put in a leaders’ performance to ease the pressure on Mourinho.

Past three-meetings…

Chelsea 1 (Costa) Southampton 1 (Tadic), Premier League, March 2015.

Southampton 1 (Mane) Chelsea 1 (Hazard), Premier League, December 2014.

Southampton 0 Chelsea 3 (Torres, Willian, Oscar), Premier League, January 2014.

Arsene Wenger on row with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Form guide…

Chelsea: LWWWDL

Southampton: LWDLWW

Vital information…

Kick-off: Saturday, 17:30.

TV: Live on Sky Sports. Highlights on BBC1.

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