90+4min - FULL TIME: Chelsea 0 - 0 Southampton. Chelsea huffed and puffed, but couldn’t blow the Southampton defence down.
90+4min - Jack Stephens comes on for Nathan Redmond.
90+1min - Calls for a penalty as Shane Long seems to have pushed Marcos Alonso inside the area.
88min - The industrious Stuart Armstrong is replaced by Charlie Austin.
86min - Chelsea simply can’t seem to break the Saints’ defence down. Yoshida tackles Kante excellently, as the midfielder threatened to run into the penalty area and let fly. The veteran center-back has come a long way since Demba Ba’s Chelsea debut.
77min - Fabregas’ impact on proceedings is palpable. He turns a Southampton attack into a Chelsea counter at the drop of a hat, releasing Loftus-Cheek who squared the ball to Morata. Unfortunately, the striker’s left-footed shot is tame.
74min - Rudiger’s name is the first Chelsea name in the referee’s book, after he clatters Shane Long.
70min - MORATA HAS SC.. never mind, it’s offside. It was the result of a good bit of interplay involving Hazard and Fabregas, whose pass put Morata in a good position to score.
67min - Ross Barkley hasn’t had a great evening, he’s replaced by Cesc Fabregas.
66min - Shane Long pounces on a loose ball to release Stuart Armstrong in the area, but David Luiz averts the danger with a last-ditch tackle.
65min - Jorginho tries his hand (foot?) from distance but it doesn’t cause Gunn any problems.
60min - Former Chelsea man, Oriol Romeu strikes the ball well with a left-footed volley from distance but it’s straight at Kepa.
59min - David Luiz aims a through-ball at Hazard but Gunn is quick off his line and collects before Hazard can bring it down.
58min - Barkley distributes the ball to Hazard on the left. Hazard cuts inside past two defenders in the area and shoots at Gunn but the ‘keeper saves comfortably.
56min - Loftus-Cheek gets the better of Vestergaard and fires in a cross but it’s only met by Yoshida.
55min - Chelsea’s attacking impetus in the first ten minutes of this half has mostly been attempted crosses and long balls from defence, with nothing coming of them.
46min - Armstrong has a crack from distance. It’s curling wide but Kepa pushes it away from goal, and out for a corner.
HT: Southampton have made a tactical change, Shane Long replacing Danny Ings up front.
45+1min - The whistle calls an end to a half that’s seen Chelsea test Angus Gunn a couple of times, but nothing more. Southampton’s high-pressing game has been effective.
39min - Barkley passes it to Morata in the right side of the area but the striker’s attempt on goal from close range is deflected away by Yan Valery.
36min - Willian has picked up a knock, and is replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Those winger options are depleting fast..
33min - Angus Gunn is finally tested, as Eden Hazard tests him from close range following a long ball by Rudiger. Gunn stands his ground and does not let the ball past.
24min - Willian, found in the area, cuts inside and shoots from a good position but it’s blocked by Maya Yoshida.
13min - First attempt for Southampton, Cedric’s cross from the left is met by the head of Danny Ings but it goes over.
12min - Willian’s turn to put Hazard through on goal but the outcome is the same, Angus Gunn rushes out of the area to get there first and clear.
11min - Best chance of the game so far, as Azpilicueta lobs a ball into the box from deep. Morata is in more space than he thinks, but scuffs his header.
8min - A Marcos Alonso free-kick can only hit the wall and subsequently above the goal
3min - Hazard shows great vision to thread through an angled ball to Willian but Angus Gunn reaches it just before the Chelsea winger.
0min - Morata and Hazard kick things off at Stamford Bridge.
New year, renewed spirits, and (hopefully) another win in the cards tonight.
Stamford Bridge.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 2, 2019
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Let’s do this!
Chelsea starting lineup (4-3-3):
Arrizabalaga | Azpilicueta (c), Rüdiger, David Luiz, Alonso | Kanté, Jorginho, Barkley | Willian, Morata, Hazard
Substitutes from: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Ampadu, Emerson, Fàbregas, Loftus-Cheek
Southampton starting lineup (3-4-3?):
Gunn | Bednarek, Yoshida, Vestergaard | Cédric, Romeu (c), Ward-Prowse, Valery | Armstrong, Ings, Redmond
Substitutes from: McCarthy, Stephens, Ramsay, Slattery, Elyounoussi, Long, Austin
Date / Time: Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 19:45 GMT; 2:45on EST; 1:15am IST (next day)
Venue: Stamford Bridge, SW6
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