CONFIRMED: Full Chelsea squad available to face Southampton

Chelsea will be looking to tighten their grip on a spot in the top four when they travel to St Mary’s to lock horns with Southampton this lunchtime.

The Blues, who played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with the Saints in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge back in October, will make the trip to the south coast looking to post a fifth successive Premier League win, as well as a sixth in all competitions.

Chelsea climbed back into the top four for the first time under head coach Thomas Tuchel on Monday evening, defeating Newcastle United 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, preserving their unbeaten start to life under the German in the process.

Ahead of this lunchtime’s showdown with the Saints, who have lost their last six Premier League matches, conceding 19 goals in the process, Tuchel has delivered good news and bad news on the injury front.

However, Brazilian centre-back Thiago Silva has been joined in the treatment room by Christian Pulisic. The USA international has experienced a stop-start season, with injuries heavily hampering his progress. Fortunately, Tuchel does not believe it is anything too serious.

Full Chelsea squad available to face Southampton:

Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga & Willy Caballero.

Defenders: Reece James, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso & Emerson Palmieri.

Midfielders: Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz & Faustino Anjorin.

Strikers: Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner & Olivier Giroud.