Chelsea vs Southampton LIVE: Carabao Cup result, final score and penalty shootout reaction

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Chelsea vs Southampton LIVE: Carabao Cup result, final score and penalty shootout reaction

Chelsea needed penalties to advance in the Carabao Cup for a second consecutive round as they edged past Southampton with a 4-3 shoot-out victory at Stamford Bridge following a 1-1 draw.

Reece James again provided the decisive kick, just as he did against Aston Villa in the previous round, with Theo Walcott and Will Smallbone missing for the Saints.

Kai Havertz headed Chelsea into the lead seconds before half-time, guiding a header into the bottom corner from a corner.

But Southampton would force spot-kicks when Che Adams fired in on the rebound after Kyle Walker-Peters’ effort was saved by the legs of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Across London, Calum Chambers scored his first goal in more than two years before Eddie Nketiah punished his former club to send Arsenal into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Leeds.

Chambers scored with his first touch of the night after coming off the bench to replace the injured Benjamin White 10 minutes into the second half.

And former Leeds loanee made sure of the Gunners’ place in the quarter-finals when he punished a mistake from Liam Cooper, whose defensive header never had the power to reach Illan Meslier.

Instead Nketiah skipped through, lifting the ball over the goalkeeper before watching his scuffed finish tuck just inside the post as Leeds defenders scrambled to get back.

The result means Arsenal have now won six of their last eight in all competitions, and are unbeaten since August.

It also went to penalties at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, where League One Sunderland dumped out QPR with a 3-1 shoot-out victory after a goalless draw.

Charlie Austin thought he had scored a late winner to send QPR into the last eight for the first time since 1988.

But a tight offside call went against the home side, and Austin’s misery continued when his spot-kick - the first of the shoot-out - was saved by Sunderland goalkeeper Lee Burge.

He was not the only culprit, though, with Ilias Chair and Yoann Barbet failing to find the target from the spot as QPR went out to League One opposition for a fourth year in a row.

Chelsea vs Southampton

  • Chelsea: Kepa, James, Chalobah, Sarr, Hudson-Odoi, Barkley, Kovacic, Saul, Alonso, Ziyech, Havertz

  • Southampton: Forster, Walker-Peters, Lyanco, Salisu, Valery, Diallo, S. Armstrong, Tella, Djenepo, Adams, A. Armstrong

Chelsea need penalties once more as they edge past Southampton in Carabao Cup

22:12 , Michael Jones

Chelsea needed another shootout to earn a place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals with Southampton beaten 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge.

Reece James again provided the decisive kick like he had done in the previous round against Aston Villa after Theo Walcott and Will Smallbone had failed from 12 yards for the Saints.

Chelsea need penalties once more as they edge past Southampton in Carabao Cup

Reaction from Ralph Hasenhuttl

22:10 , Michael Jones

It’s a pity we lost on the penalty shootout. I think we had the better chances, we had a few good headers but we were playing against a fantastic goalkeeper, Kepa made two good saves and then made decisive saves in the penalty shooting.

“It was an unbelievably good game, from my team I am so proud. I see here when you walk out ‘the Pride of London’ I must say the pride of London tonight was my team because what we did here was amazing.

“Playing with a team of players that haven’t played a lot this season, from the first minute they believed in what they did. It was intense, up and down all the time. We tried to be brave but didn’t get the reward.”

Chelsea through to Carabao Cup quarter-finals

21:58 , Michael Jones

Southampton put in an impressive performance at Stamford Bridge but it was the home side who were victorious on the night. Chelsea join Arsenal, 2-0 winners over Leeds, and Sunderland, 3-1 penalty shoutout winners over QPR, in the next round.

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Chelsea beat Southampton on penalties

21:55 , Michael Jones

A well-fought affair at Stamford Bridge came down to spot kicks after Chelsea and Southampton couldn’t be separated after 90 minutes.

Kai Havertz scored for the Blues just before half-time but his team were pegged back immediately after the restart by Che Adams turning home richocheted shot from Kyle Walker-Peters.

Both teams went after a winner with play alternating from end-to-end but no-one could find a winner.

The result had to be decided by penalties, Theo Walcott and Mason Mount both had their penalties saved before Will Smallbone blasted his effort over the crossbar. Reece James had the final penalty and a chance to win it for Chelsea and he slotted it home.

Chelsea are through to the quarter-finals.

Penalties: Chelsea 4 - 3 Southampton

21:49 , Michael Jones

He scores! Chelsea win! The beat Southampton 4-3 on penalties. Reece James witht he decisive penalty, slotting it coolly to Fraser Forster’s left and the goalkeeper dove the opposite way.

Penalties: Chelsea 3 - 3 Southampton

21:48 , Michael Jones

He does! Romeu scores for Southampton. Reece James has a kick to win it for the Blues.

Penalties: Chelsea 3 - 2 Southampton

21:47 , Michael Jones

Chelsea take the lead! Ben Chilwell finding the inside side netting! Oriol Romeu has to score.

Penalties: Chelsea 2 - 2 Southampton

21:47 , Michael Jones

Miss! Wil Smallbone blasts his effort high over the crossbar! It’s a horrible miss.

Penalties: Chelsea 2 - 2 Southampton

21:46 , Michael Jones

Callum Hudson-Odoi draws Chelsea back level!

Penalties: Chelsea 1 - 2 Southampton

21:46 , Michael Jones

Shane Long scores for Southampton! Pressure back on Chelsea.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:45 , Michael Jones

Mason Mount for Chelsea, can he score?

NO! Great save from Forster to his right as well. It was an easy height for him to get across to.

Penalties: Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:44 , Michael Jones

Theo Walcott comes up for Southampton. He sends his spot kick to Arrizabalaga’s right and the goalkeeper saves it!

Penalties: Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:43 , Michael Jones

Chelsea’s captain this evening, Marcos Alonso, is up first for the Blues. He sends the goalkeeper the wrong way and converts as well.

Penalties: Chelsea 0 - 1 Southampton

21:42 , Michael Jones

Adam Armstrong scores!

Penalties: Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton

21:42 , Michael Jones

It looks as though Southampton will be up first. Adam Armstrong has the ball in hand. Kepa Arrizabalaga walks over to the goal.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:40 , Michael Jones

Chelsea have already won shoot-outs this season against Villarreal in the Super Cup and Aston Villa in the last round of the Carabao Cup.

Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga now holds the club record for most shoot-out saves (seven) followed by Petr Cech (six) and Kevin Hitchcock (four).

Southampton have won two and lost two of their last four penalty shoot-outs.

Full-time: Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:38 , Michael Jones

90+5 mins: Penalties here we come.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:36 , Michael Jones

90+3 mins: SAVE! Lyanco meets a Southampton corner and blasts a header at goal. Kepa Arrizabalaga leaps to his left and parries the ball behind.

Smallbone takes the second corner and finds Salisu at the near post. His header is directed at goal but Arrizabalaga makes anothe fantastic diving save!

Brilliant goalkeeping.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:34 , Michael Jones

90+2 mins: A throw in comes to Ben Chilwell who slips a pass into the right side of the box for Hudson-Odoi. He weaves around a defender and shoots but drills the effort into the side-netting.

Fraser Forster takes too long with the restart and gets booked for wasting time. Two minutes to play.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:32 , Michael Jones

90 mins: Another effort from Smallbone goes wide and Yan Valery goes to ground with cramp. A bit of game management from the Southampton defender, running down the clock to penalties.

Four minutes of added time to play. This is where Chelsea usually find a winning goal against Southampton in League Cup games. Can they do so again?

21:31 , Tom Kershaw

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Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:30 , Michael Jones

87 mins: Lyanco knocks the ball behind for another Chelsea corner. Southampton are under the pump a bit here but they handle the set piece with confidence before working the ball down the other end of the pitch.

Chelsea win back the ball but Mount loses it in his own final third and Smallbone takes a shot from range that gets blocked on the edge of the box.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:26 , Michael Jones

84 mins: Moussa Djenepo takes a knock and Ralph Hasenhuttl is forced into making his final substitution. Former Chelsea academy player Tino Livramento comes on to replace him.

Chelsea win a corner that Mason Mount whips into the box but Southampton deal with it well. Time is running out at Stamford Bridge. Penalties are looming.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:23 , Michael Jones

81 mins: Djenepo gets booked for a cynical challenge on Ben Chilwell to stop a Chelsea counter-attack from developing. There’s less than 10 minutes to go now, are we heading for a penalty shootout or can someone find a winning goal?

Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:21 , Michael Jones

78 mins: Oriol Romeu and Will Smallbone are brought on by Ralph Hasenhuttl replacing Stuart Armstrong and Ibrahima Diallo.

Chance! Smallbone’s first touch almost leads to a second goal as he meets a cross from the right wing and fires a header straight at Arrizabalaga who shuffles the ball wide of goal.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:18 , Michael Jones

75 mins: Southampton win another free kick that comes to Shane Long and he sends a header wide of goal. Hudson-Odoi slots Havertz into the left side of the box and he fires it across to Saul who can’t take advantage of the opportunity.

He gets another chance from one of Chelsea’s next attacks. Hudson-Odoi’s shot is blocked on the left corner of thr box and the rebound comes to Saul. He curls a left-footed effort from range and almost finds the top corner only for Forster to leap across and push the ball wide! Great save from the Saints goalkeeper.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:15 , Michael Jones

71 mins: Stuart Armstong swings a free kick into the box from the left but Sarr is there to clear for Chelsea. Mount breaks on the counter-attack but loses possession as he enters the final third.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:12 , Michael Jones

68 mins: Theo Walcott and Shane Long are on for Southampton. Che Adams and Nathan Tella are off.

Thomas Tuchel also makes a double change Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell replace Ross Barkley and Hakim Ziyech.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:07 , Michael Jones

65 mins: Chelsea work the free kick into the Southampton penalty are but Lyanco clears the danger for the Saints.

Southampton then fly down the left side with Lyanco heading the ball out to Djenepo who plays Adam Armstrong into the box. His pass into the middle is cleared by Chelsea but the Saints win a corner.

Stuart Armstrong curls the corner ball into the middle and find Adams who flicks it on to the back post but it drops for Alonso who boots it clear.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:04 , Michael Jones

62 mins: I don’t think many people expected this. The second half has been electric so far, Chelsea and Southampton trading blows with chances coming at both ends.

Stuart Armstrong stops Barkley from breaking through the lines by shoving over the ball as the Chelsea midfielder sets off through the middle. Those two have been in a couple of confrontations in this half. Things are really heating up out there.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

21:01 , Michael Jones

59 mins: If history tells us anything, Chelsea should win this game 2-1 with the winning goal being scored in extra-time. That is how the previous two League Cup meetings between the sides have been decided. As there isn’t any official extra-time in this match my money is on a winning goal in stoppage time after the 90.

The Blues win a free kick over on the left wing that Reece James takes and goes for goal. He hits it well and forces Forster into tipping the ball over the crossbar and out for a corner.

Barkley swings in the corner ball and finds Saul deep in the box. Saul wins another header, knocks it into the ground and the ball bounces nicely up for Forster to claim.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

20:58 , Michael Jones

56 mins: Chance! We’ve got a game on here. It’s Southampton’s turn to attack and they come bursting into the box from the left side. The ball comes to Adam Armstrong waiting on the inside left side of the area and he shoots first time drawing Arrizabalaga into a leaping save to the his left!

At the other end of the pitch Havertz slots a short pass into the box for Barkley where he toes a shot at goal only to be denied by Forster.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

20:55 , Michael Jones

53 mins: Chance! Ziyech slips the ball through the Southampton defence as Havertz makes a run in behind. The offside flag doesn’t go up and he just has the goalkeeper ahead of him. Havertz brings the ball into the box but a poor touch takes the ball way from him before he can shoot and Forster scoops up the loose ball.

Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton

20:54 , Michael Jones

50 mins: Save! Chelsea almost respond immediately by passing the ball up to Hudson-Odoi on the right side of the box. He brings it into the area and cuts it back to Havertz. Havertz shimmies to the left to avoid a tackle and lets fly with his left foot. He connects sweetly and draws Forster into a diving save that parries the ball to Walker-Peters who belts it clear.

GOAL! Chelsea 1 - 1 Southampton (Adams, 47’)⚽️

20:50 , Michael Jones

47 mins: It’s not going to be a cleansheet! Lyanco brings the ball down the right side after Saul loses possession. He slips it up to Walker-Peters on the overlap and he drives into the box before firing a shot at Arrizabalaga! The Chelsea goalkeeper makes a sharp save but the ball rolls out to Che Adams who only has to tap it into the open goal! Southampton are level!

Second half: Chelsea 1 - 0 Southampton

20:49 , Michael Jones

Kick off: Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 46 Premier League games when in front at half-time but this is the Carabao Cup. Southampton can throw everything they’ve got at the Blues and hope they earn an equaliser.

The home side get the match back underway at Stamford Bridge. A clean sheet for the Blues and they’re through to the quarter-finals.

Elsewhere in the Carabao Cup

20:40 , Michael Jones

Kai Havertz’s goal is the only one that has been scored in any of the three Carabao Cup matches taking place tonight. The half-time scores look like this :

Chelsea 1 - 0 Southampton

Arsenal 0 - 0 Leeds

QPR 0 - 0 Sunderland

Chelsea 1 - 0 Southampton

20:38 , Michael Jones

Kai Havertz gives Chelsea the lead at Stamford Bridge. How crucial will that goal be at the end of the game?

Remember if the match ends in a draw after 90 minutes plus stoppage time, the result will be decided by a penalty shootout. Can Southampton get a goal back in the second half?

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Half-time: Chelsea 1 - 0 Southampton

20:34 , Michael Jones

45+1 mins: Chelsea didn’t create a whole lot in that first half but they’ve got themselves in front with a Kai Havertz goal just before the break. Southampton are playing well though, they’ll be confident that there’s a way back into this match.

GOAL! Chelsea 1 - 0 Southampton (Havertz, 44’)⚽️

20:31 , Michael Jones

44 mins: The deadlock is broken! Hakim Ziyech swings the corner ball into the middle of the box. Kai Havertz leaves his marker, jumps towards it and sinks a header into the back of the net.

It’s a good goal for Chelsea, Southampton will be gutted about conceding from a simple set piece.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton

20:30 , Michael Jones

42 mins: Both teams have worked the ball into dangerous areas but other than Saul’s headed effort from a Chelsea corner there hasn’t been much else to write home about. Alonso whips a cross into the middle for the Blues but Lyanco is there to knock it behind for a corner.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton

20:27 , Michael Jones

39 mins: Chelsea have looked a bit disjointed with the ball and Saints are pressing them well. Barkley flicks the ball over the top and it’s brought down well by Hudson-Odoi. He lays it off to Ziyech who shoots from range but has his effort blocked by Salisu just inside the box.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton

20:24 , Michael Jones

36 mins: Hudson-Odoi is played down the right side of the box by Ziyech as Havertz and Barkley makes runs into the middle. Hudson-Odoi decides to cut the ball back to Ziyech instead of crossing it and he’s closed down quickly by Staurt Armstrong. Chelsea maintain possession and the ball comes over to Kovacic. He sends a through ball into the right side of the penalty area but the pass is too heavy and Hudson-Odoi gives up the chase.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton

20:20 , Michael Jones

33 mins: Save! A bit of work for Kepa Arrizabalaga to do for Chelsea. Walker-Peters weaves in between Sarr and Alonso to bring the ball into the penalty area from the right. Sarr shoves Walker-Peters in the back and the Southampton man goes to ground looking for a penalty. Kevin Friend plays on as the ball rolls to Stuart Armstrong who fires a shot towards the far bottom corner and draws Arrizabalaga into a low save to his right.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton

20:17 , Michael Jones

30 mins: Adam Armstrong passes the ball to Diallo just inside Chelsea’s half and he flicks a pass over to Adams making a run down the left wing. He brings the ball down and lays it off to Djenepo whose cross is sent behind for a corner.

The corner comes swinging into the penalty area and Adams wins the header, flicking it on to the back post. Adam Armstrong is there to meet the ball but he’s put under pressure from Alonso and sends his headed effort wide of the post.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton

20:13 , Michael Jones

27 mins: Stuart Armstrong tries to slip Che Adams into the Chelsea box but Sarr and Chalobah combine to win the ball and work it up to Saul. He gives it to Alonso as the Blues fly forward and Alonso sends it wide to Havertz on the left wing. He drives into that side of the box, checks to the left and blasts one at goal forcing Forster into a sharp save at the near post.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton

20:10 , Michael Jones

24 mins: Ibrahima Diallo is shown the first yellow card of the night for tugging the shirt of Kovacic as the Chelsea midfielder swept past him in the middle of the pitch.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton

20:09 , Michael Jones

21 mins: Nathan Tella and Walker-Peters try to win the ball off Alonso on the Chelsea left wing but somehow the Blues’ captain manages to poke the ball free.

Southampton eventually turnover possession and Walker-Peters is sent forward on the overlap. He has men in the box but his cross is cleared by Trevor Chalobah.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton

20:04 , Michael Jones

18 mins: Close! Havertz brings the ball down the left wing and is allowed to come inside and run along the front of the 18-yard box. The Southampton defenders drop off him and Havertz curls one towards the far bottom corner. He doesn’t wrap his foot full around the shot though and it flies just wide of the post.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton

20:02 , Michael Jones

15 mins: It’s a good idea from Barkley who wins the ball in the centre circle and tries to flick it over the top of the Southampton defence. Havertz makes his run in behind to receive the pass and the move almost comes off if not for Mohammed Salisu’s intervention and headed clearance.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton

20:00 , Michael Jones

12 mins: Mateo Kovacic nicks the ball off Yan Valery in the middle of the pitch and Chelsea sweep forward on the counter-attack. Kovacic knocks the ball up to Barkley who takes it into the left side of the box. He passes it back to the edge of the area and Alonso runs onto a shot that gets blocked by Kyle Walker-Peters.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton

19:56 , Michael Jones

9 mins: Moussa Djenepo nicely brings down a diagonal ball and nips in behind Hudson-Odoi. He brings the ball into the box but gets tackled by Reece James. Chelsea try to run the ball out from the back and Alonso is pressed well by the Saints who win a free kick over on the right side.

Stuart Armstrong flicks the free kick into the box but it’s headed behind for a corner that Chelsea deal with easily enough. Southampton are finding their feet in this match though.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton

19:53 , Michael Jones

6 mins: SAVE! Huge save from Forster! Hudson-Odoi carries the ball to the byline and wins a corner for Chelsea when his cross is headed behind.

Barkley swings the cornern ball into the area and picks out Saul Niguez. He rises above everyone else to win the header and sends it strongly to the goalkeeper’s left but Forster leaps across and pushes the ball wide of the right-hand post.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton

19:51 , Michael Jones

3 mins: Marcos Alonso is fouled just outside the box. Ross Barkley flicks the set piece into the penalty area and finds Kai Havertz over by the back post. He’s crowded out and passes the ball back to Callum Hudson-Odoi who cuts inside and has a shot stopped by Fraser Forster in Southampton’s goal.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton

19:48 , Michael Jones

Kick off: Adam Armstrong gets the match underway for Southampton who confidently work the ball up the pitch. A cross into the box is headed clear by Malang Sarr and Chelsea take over possession.

Saints’ missing goalscorers

19:43 , Michael Jones

Armando Broja is Southampton’s co-leading scorer this season netting four times in four starts and four substitue appearances for the Saints. He became the first Albanian to score in the Premier League when he notched the winner against Leeds 10 days ago.

Southampton’s other leading scorer, Mohamed Elyounoussi, has also scored four times with three of them coming against League Two Newport in this competition.

Both players miss tonight’s match though. Ex-Celtic forward Elyounoussi has undergone a hand operation whilst Broja is ineligible to play in this fixture due to regulations governing his loan from Chelsea.

Chelsea’s League Cup history

19:39 , Michael Jones

Chelsea were the first London side to ever win the League Cup and they are also the most recent team from the capital to win it after beating Tottenham 2-0 in 2015.

Southampton’s best finishes were runners-up in 1978/79 and 2016/17.

If the Blues win tonight they will reach the quarter-finals for the first time since beating Frank Lampard’s Derby 3-2 at Stamford Bridge in 2018.

Southampton’s cup success

19:35 , Michael Jones

Southampton have scored 10 goals in their two League Cup games this season, that is as many as they had scored in their previous nine matches in the competition.

Only Preston (11) have found the back of the net more times.

Those 10 goals have been scored by seven different players, no side has had more goalscorers in the League Cup than Southampton this season.

The Saints are going to need them tonight.

Saints’ troubling travels

19:31 , Michael Jones

Southampton have failed to win any of their last nine games in London, losing six of them and drawing the other three.

They have only won two of their 11 games in the league and cup this season but have only lost three times. Chelsea’s 3-1 win over the Saints at the start of October was one of those defeats.

Prior to that match though Southampton were unbeaten in three games at Stamford Bridge which will give them a bit of hope this evening. However Thomas Tuchel’s men could make it successive home wins against the Saints for the first time since 2017.

Leagu Cup meetings: Chelsea vs Southampton

19:27 , Michael Jones

This is only the third (technically fourth) time the two teams have met in the League Cup and it is their first meeting in this competition for 24 years. Chelsea have won both previous fixtures.

The first meeting ended in a 1-1 draw in 1981 and had to be decided in a replay during which Mike Fillery headed home the winning goal in front of 27,000 fans at Stamford Bridge to send the Blues through in extra-time.

The next League Cup clash between Chelsea and Southampton came in 1997. Teenager Jody Morris also scored an extra-time winner for Chelsea to earn them a 2-1 win.

Thomas Tuchel hopes tough love will take Callum Hudson-Odoi to the next level

19:21 , Michael Jones

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hopes Callum Hudson-Odoi can benefit from some tough love as the 20-year-old forward looks to deliver in front of goal again in the Carabao Cup.

With Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner on the sidelines, Hudson-Odoi was handed a chance to impress against Norwich on Saturday and scored in the first half of the 7-0 victory.

It was Hudson-Odoi’s opening goal of the campaign and followed on from coming off the bench to replace Lukaku in the Champions League against Malmo.

Thomas Tuchel hopes tough love will take Callum Hudson-Odoi to the next level

The last 16 teams

19:18 , Michael Jones

12 of the 16 teams remaining in the Carabao Cup are from the Premier League with QPR, Sunderland, Stoke and Preston the four lower league sides left in the tournament.

10 of the Premier League teams face a fellow top-flight opponent in this fourth round of matches and nine teams are previous winners, including three of the five most successful teams in the history of the competition with Chelsea one of them.

The other two are Manchester City and Liverpool who have both won this trophy eight times compared to Chelsea’s five.

Head-to-head: Chelsea vs Southampton

19:11 , Michael Jones

In recent times this fixtures has been a decent affair. In the last five meetings between the sides Chelsea have won twice, lost once and there have been two draws which at the very least shows that on their day Southampton can be tricky customers for Chelsea. Here are the results of those games:

October 2021: Chelsea 3-1 Southampton

February 2021: Southampton 1-1 Chelsea

October 2020: Chelsea 3-3 Southampton

December 2019: Chelsea 0-2 Southampton

October 2019: Southampton 1-4 Chelsea

Recent results: Chelsea vs Southampton

19:05 , Michael Jones

Both teams are looking to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup with a victory tonight but who brings the better momentum into the game?

Chelsea come into the match on the back of an emphatic 7-0 victory over Norwich at the weekend, they are unbeaten in four games including a 3-1 over the Saints in the Premier League at the start of the month.

Southampton meanwhile claimed a 2-2 draw with Burnley on Saturday after bouncing back from their defeat to the Blues with a 1-0 win over Leeds in the league.

If the Saints are victorious tonight they will reach the quarter-final stage for the first time since the 2016-17 season, where they lost out in the final to Manchester United.

For Chelsea, they go in search of winning their first fourth round match of the competition since the 2018-19 season, where they lost out to Manchester City in the final.

Team changes: Chelsea vs Southampton

18:58 , Michael Jones

Lots of changes to talk about here.

Thomas Tuchel swaps out six players from the team that demolished Norwich at the weekend. Kepa Arrizabalaga returns in goal with Malang Sarr joining Trevor Chalobah and Reece James in a back three. Callum Hudson-Odoi keeps his place in the team but moves over to the right wing to accommodate the returning Marcos Alonso. Ross Barkley, Saul Niguez and Hakim Ziyech all come in replacing Jorginho, Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell.

Ralph Hasenhuttl goes even further by replacing nine of the players that drew 2-2 with Burnley last time out. Only Mohammed Salisu and Ibrahima Diallo keep their places in the line-up.

Line-ups: Chelsea vs Southampton

18:46 , Michael Jones

Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga, James, Chalobah, Sarr, Hudson-Odoi, Barkley, Kovacic, Saul, Alonso, Ziyech, Havertz

Southampton XI: Forster, Valery, Lyanco, Salisu, Walker-Peters, Diallo, S. Armstrong, Tella, Djenpo, Adams, A. Armstrong

Injuries and absentees: Chelsea vs Southampton

18:42 , Michael Jones

Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku are still out for Chelsea and Christian Pulisic continues his recovery from an ankle injury but N’Golo Kante could return.

Southampton will have to make do without Moi Elyounoussi who is recovering from an operation on his wrist, Jack Stephens is a long term absentee and James Ward-Prowse is suspended. Chelsea loanee Armando Broja is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Tuchel preparing to rest players

18:37 , Michael Jones

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, echoed Ralph Hasenuttl saying that the Carabao Cup is an opportunity to give some minutes to players who don’t start regularly for the Blues and to take the chance to rest his first choice players during a busy schedule. Tuchel said:

There will be some changes, how much I don’t know yet. Sometimes you can never be fully sure, do you interrupt a good flow, is it better to keep everybody in there and playing to keep the momentum going or is it the moment to give some players a rest?

“We had a late game on Wednesday and an early game on Saturday and another one on Tuesday. So it’s very likely that we have some changes.

“It is a moment in the Carabao Cup to give some players some minutes. Still, it needs to make sense, it needs to be fair also to the player. Do we have his position available, do we have a position where he can show his potential, so he gets better and better?’

“At the moment I’m happy that everyone who comes on and plays, plays with the same style and intensity. I’m in the spirit right now of what I like about the team, that when we play, we play and we push ourselves to the limit on this very special matchday, and this will be next on Tuesday against Southampton.”

Hasenhuttl hints at changes

18:33 , Michael Jones

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has hinted at plenty of changes to his starting XI for tonight’s Carabao Cup clash against Chelsea saying:

Cup games are a good option for giving players a chance. The good thing is we have five subs on Tuesday, so if anyone is not starting then there are options from the bench.

“This is what I’m always preferring for the Premier League, I would like to have five subs in the Premier League. It would make it much more easy for us to give everybody enough game time and hopefully that will come one day.”

Chelsea host Southampton in Carabao Cup round of 16

15:11 , Michael Jones

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage as Chelsea host Southampton in the Carabao Cup round of 16. Thomas Tuchel is aiming to break Pep Guardiola’s recent stranglehold on the competition and add a second piece of silverware during his short tenure at Chelsea, but the Premier League remains a clear priority for the Blues and they are likely to field a much-changed eleven.

Southampton may also make several changes with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side having struggled to get a foothold in the league so far this season, winning just one out of nine games, ahead of a potentially key game against Watford at the weekend.

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