Premier League leaders Chelsea are looking to record a fifth straight win in all competitions.
Thomas Tuchel’s side put seven past helpless Norwich City on Saturday, and have now kept clean sheets in each of their last three matches.
The Blues have also prevailed in both of their previous EFL Cup encounters with Southampton, although they have exited the competition at this stage in four of the last six years.
The Saints have made a bright start to this season’s competition, netting 10 goals in their opening two matches.
However, Chelsea will provide their sternest test yet and with just one win in eight over 90 minutes, confidence is not exactly brimming for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
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Chelsea vs Southampton: Match Stats
Mason Mount is full of confidence following his hat-trick against Norwich at the weekend.
The England international has also found the net in two of his three Premier League starts against Southampton.
Only Preston North End (11) have netted more goals in this year’s EFL Cup than the Saints, whose 10 have been provided by seven different players.
October 2, 2021: Chelsea 3-1 Southampton – Premier League
February 20, 2021: Southampton 1-1 Chelsea – Premier League
October 17, 2020: Chelsea 3-3 Southampton – Premier League
December 26, 2019: Chelsea 0-2 Southampton – Premier League
October 6, 2019: Southampton 1-4 Chelsea – Premier League
The four most recent meetings between the sides have been shared, with both teams scoring in four of the last five encounters.