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Chelsea will be out to bounce back from their Champions league exit at the hands of PSG when they welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

With European honours on hold for this season, the Blues will now focus their attentions lifting the only competition they have left, the league.

Manager Jose Mourinho is unlikely to make too many changes from the side that drew 2-2 midweek with Nemanja Matic available for domestic duty after completing a 2 game ban.

The Blues will definitely be without the injured John Obi Mikel however aside the absence of the Nigerian International, Mourinho has a full squad to choose from.

With an almost full complement available, Mourinho will be confident of extending the blues recent record of just one defeat in their last 11 Premier League games against the Saints.

The Saints have stumbled in recent weeks but they will hope for an improvement in form with the return of Toby Alderweireld after 9 weeks out. The Belgium defender, an unused substitute last weekend, is expected to start after being out since picking up a hamstring complaint at Manchester United in January.

Long term absentee Jay Rodriguez (knee) and Emmanuel Mayuka (groin) remain absent.

Manager Ronald Koeman wants his team to be more clinical in front of goal if they are to beat win on Sunday.

The Saints have scored just four times in the past seven games with Graziano Pelle in particular enduring a difficult patch. The Italian has yet to score in 2015 and has not scored in the league since netting against Everton on December 20.

One man who has been impressed recently is Senegal international Sadio Mané. The attacker has scored in five of his last seven Premier League starts and scored when the two sides met in December, a game that finished 1-1.

Since that draw, Southampton have played 12 games in all competitions, winning just 6.

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