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On Saturday, Chelsea will visit a Southampton club without a manager in a Premier League matchup between two struggling teams.

Although the Blues have only won one of their past nine games across all competitions this year, the Saints have dropped nine of their last 10 Premier League contests.

The Blues drew three consecutive Premier League games against Liverpool, Fulham, and West Ham United, but they lost the first leg of their Champions League last-16 encounter against Borussia Dortmund on the road 1-0 thanks to a magnificent solo goal from Karim Adeyemi in the 63rd minute.

After spending over £600 million on new players over the last two transfer windows, Chelsea's inability to bring in a natural number nine has come back to haunt them. Although they have scored 23 times in 22 Premier League games so far this season, the West Londoners have only done it five times in their past 14 appearances in all competitions.

Putting aside their success in the Champions League for the time being, Potter and co. enter Saturday's Premier League match at 10th in the standings, their lowest position at this stage of a top-flight season in seven years, and 10 points behind fourth-place Newcastle United.

For Chelsea's top-four ambitions to remain alive, they can ill-afford to lose any more points, but a victory over Southampton might be difficult, given the Blues have lost three of their previous four league matches at Stamford Bridge.

 

Nathan Jones was fired as manager of Southampton on Sunday, less than 24 hours after the team fell 2-1 at home to 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jones had been in charge of the Saints for just three months, one of which was spent over the World Cup break.

After taking a first-half lead on Carlos Alcaraz's goal, Southampton looked poised to earn three points heading into the final 20 minutes. However, an own goal from Jan Bednarek and a winner from Wolves' Joao Gomes in the 87th minute turned the game around and handed the Saints their 15th league loss of the season.

Talks with former Leeds United head coach Jesse Marsch fell down earlier this week, and the hunt for Jones' replacement continues with the club still at the bottom of the standings and four points away from safety.

Meanwhile, Ruben Selles has been put in temporary control of the first team for this weekend's trip to Stamford Bridge, and the 39-year-old, who is eager to take over permanently, will be hoping his side can repeat the performance from their first encounter with Chelsea earlier this season.

Actually, Romeo Lavia and Adam Armstrong scored for Southampton in their 2-1 win against Chelsea at St. Mary's back in August, the second of their four Premier League triumphs this season, and a win on Saturday would give the Saints their first league double over the Blues since the 1987–88 season.


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