Chelsea have a chance to make it four wins in a row (in all competitions) before the two-week international break that starts after this weekend, but while Southampton sound like a fairly easy proposition on paper (even away), the reality of the Premier League means that not much comes easy, even for the best teams. And Chelsea are not quite the best team just yet.
We should have N’Golo Kanté available however, and he does elevate the team to a level above just by himself. Add in the buoyant form of the developing youth core, and things are looking up for the Blues.
But form and sentiment changes with the wind in football, so we must continue to work hard, pay great attention, and all the usual cliched things people say (and do) in these circumstances.
Still no Antonio Rüdiger, Emerson, or Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but everyone else should be available.