Chelsea and Southampton have only recently rediscovered their longstanding competitive rivalry with each other. The Saints endured eight years outside of the English top-flight, during which time Chelsea consolidated their place amongst Europe’s elite. They now meet some 15 years later with just a point to separate them.
Stamford Bridge has hosted its fair share of dramatic encounters, with Nathan Redmond just last season condemning Chelsea to a shock 2-0 loss. So with that in mind, we take you through five of the most memorable games between the two teams.
5 – Chelsea 4-2 Southampton, 30th August 1997:
A first-half onslaught saw Chelsea take all three points, despite being reduced to 10 men. Dan Petrescu opened the scoring after just seven minutes but saw his strike cancelled out by Kevin Davies. The Blues reply, however, was instantaneous and soon Ruud Gullit’s men had raced into an almost unassailable 4-1 lead through goals by Frank Leboeuf, Mark Hughes and Dennis Wise. Ken Monkou pulled a goal back midway through the second-half before Frank Sinclair was dismissed, but in reality, the game was already won. A ruthless victory that set the tone for a new-look Chelsea, as they went on to lift their first piece of silverware in 27 years.
4 – Chelsea 2-1 Southampton, 28th August 2004:
James Beattie scored at both ends of the pitch, before Frank Lampard’s penalty wrapped up the game before half-time. Beattie, so often the scourge of Chelsea’s backline, continued his excellent scoring streak against The Blues with the opening goal after just 12 seconds. His joy was short-lived though, as the Englishman put the ball through his own net with just over half an hour played. Lampard’s penalty seven minutes later then handed Jose Mourinho another win on the road to Chelsea’s maiden Premier League title.
3 – Chelsea 4-2 Southampton, 25th April 2017:
Former Chelsea players Oriel Romeu and Ryan Bertrand score either side of Diego Costa’s brace as Antonio Conte’s men march on to the title. Eden Hazard opened the scoring early on before Romeu’s far post tap in levelled the score. Gary Cahill restored the Blues’ lead on the stroke of half-time before Costa put the game beyond any doubt. Bertrand’s fine long-range finish rounded off a thoroughly entertaining game.
2 – Chelsea 3-0 Southampton, 16th September 1995:
Ruud Gullit scores his first goal for Chelsea as three goals in the final 15 minutes secured all three points. Frank Sinclair broke the deadlock before Gullit rifled a first-time volley into the bottom corner. Mark Hughes rounded off the scoring a minute later to put a comprehensive shine to the scoreline.
1 – Chelsea 3-1 Southampton, 1st December 2013:
John Terry scores on his 400th appearance as Chelsea come from behind. Just like Beattie before him, Jay Rodriguez opened the scoring for Southampton within the first minute. But it was Gary Cahill who once again popped up with the crucial goal to draw Chelsea level. Terry’s finish after half-time handed The Blues the lead for the first time in the game. Demba Ba made the game safe in added time, poking in Ramires’s in-swinging cross.