Chelsea vs Southampton team news: John Terry returns for Jose Mourinho's side, Radamel Falcao starts up front

Willian's goalscoring form sees Pedro drop to the bench

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Jose Mourinho has reinstated John Terry to the starting line-up for Chelsea's evening Premier League kick-off against Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

Terry has not started in the league since the 3-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park last month but returns to restore order to a defence that has looked chaotic in recent weeks. Kurt Zouma is the man to be replaced.

Diego Costa is still suspended so Radamel Falcao starts up front, despite the Colombian not even travelling to Porto for the Blues' Champions League game earlier this week.

Willian has also been selected for the home side after scoring two in his last two appearances. Pedro drops to the bench.

Southampton replace James Ward-Prowse with Oriel Romeu, who starts against his former club.

Ronald Koeman makes no other changes to the side that beat Swansea City last weekend.


Chelsea: Begovic, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Falcao

Subs: Blackman, Zouma, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Remy

Southampton: Stekelenburg, Cédric, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand, Romeu, Wanyama, S. Davis, Tadić, Mané, Pellè

Subs: K. Davis, Yoshida, Long, Rodriguez, Martina, Ward-Prowse, Juanmi