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How Chelsea could line up against Southampton with Mount and James likely to return but Kante missing due to Covid

MASON MOUNT and Reece James are likely to return for Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Southampton. The Blues take on the Saints on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, and Thomas Tuchel’s side will be looking to get back to winning ways. Manchester City came into town last week and turned Chelsea over 1-0 in their own […] ...

MASON MOUNT and Reece James are likely to return for Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Southampton.

The Blues take on the Saints on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, and Thomas Tuchel’s side will be looking to get back to winning ways.

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Both James and Mount could return to Tuchel’s starting line-up[/caption]

Manchester City came into town last week and turned Chelsea over 1-0 in their own back yard.

And European giants Juventus followed in City’s footsteps and beat Chelsea 1-0 in a Champions League group game in Turin.

Boss Tuchel could be handed a boost that could help change his team’s fortunes, with both James and Mount back in contention to be selected.

England boss Gareth Southgate – who picked both for England’s World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary – said both have a ‘good chance’ of featuring this weekend.

He said: “Clearly they are still to appear for their clubs so there is an element of the unknown.

“Our understanding is that Mason and Reece have a good chance for the weekend [against Southampton]. We’ll have to track that.


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“We don’t play until next Saturday so there is a bit of time and we will know more as the week progresses.”

N’Golo Kante is, however, set to miss Saturday’s game due to Covid-19, meaning Mateo Kovacic will most likely get the nod to start.

Alternatively, should Tuchel opt against starting James and Mount, Timo Werner and Andreas Christensen could come into the starting line-up.

The Blues have looked rather toothless in recent weeks, registering just one shot on target against City and Juve.

Werner’s pace down one of the channels could prove difficult for Southampton to stop.

And the German picked up a fair few assists last season, which could see him form a solid partnership with Romelu Lukaku.

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