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All the factz on Southampton v Chelsea, including which TV channel its on

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The third Premier League match to kick off at 2pm today sees Chelsea travel to the South coast to take on Southampton at St Mary’s.

Chelsea have hit form recently, but Saints have also been playing well so it should be a close-fought match.

The match kicks off at 2pm and it is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Chelsea have a great record against Saints in recent years, winning 12 of their last 20 meetings, losing just 2.
* Saints have won just 1 point at home this season. They have 2 victories so far but both came on the road.
* Chelsea meanwhile have won their last 2 matches on the road.
* Expect goals today – Saints have scored in each of their last 17 home matches, but have also conceded in all but one of those.
* Tammy Abraham is the man Saints need to stop – he has 7 PL goals this season, one behind top scorer Sergio Aguero.

Chelsea weighing up bids for Peter Crouch, Edin Dzeko and Christian Benteke

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Chelsea’s search for a striker continues after abandoning their interest in Andy Carroll, with Stoke City’s Peter Crouch, Roma’s Edin Dzeko and Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke all being considered.

Blues boss Antonio Conte is looking for back-up to Alvaro Morata, having apparently lost faith with current reserve option Michy Batshuayi – who could be shipped out, either on loan or permanently this month if he gets someone in.

Eyebrows had initially been raised when stories appeared about Chelsea’s interest in West Ham striker Andy Carroll. An approach had been made, and it was thought a deal could be in the offing, until the striker suffered an ankle injury, which will put him out for more than a month.

It is evident that Conte is looking for a big target man – Crouch, Dzeko and Benteke are all well over 6 foot tall.

While no official approach has been made to Stoke for Crouch – who turns 37 next month – it is thought Chelsea would be looking for a loan deal until the end of the season. Perhaps with tongue in cheek, Crouch himself has said he is happy in the Potteries.

A deal involving former Manchester City striker Dzeko, 31, could be more likely. It is rumoured that Chelsea are preparing a double raid on the Italian side, with a combined £77 million offer for Dezeko and left-back Emerson Palmieri. This would also make sense as Conte has said he is in the market for a left-back as cover for Marcos Alonso. Batshuayi could also be a makeweight in that deal.

Finally, the Daily Mail reported that Chelsea were mulling over a move for Benteke. While the striker has been out-of-form for Palace this season, it isn’t that long that Liverpool paid £32.5 million for him. Should he recapture his best form he could be a threat.

With Conte seemingly desperate to bring in another striker it makes his decision to sell Dominic Solanke to Liverpool and send Tammy Abraham out to Swansea on a season-long loan – with no clause to bring him back if needed – seem all the stranger.

Chelsea draw up striker shortlist to replace Batshuayi in January

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is thought to be drawing up a shortlist of strikers who could replace Michy Batshuayi as Alvaro Morata’s understudy when the transfer window reopens in January.

Belgian forward Batshuayi has come in for criticism for his failure to lead the line – especially after Chelsea’s defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend – after gaining a run in the team thanks to Morata’s injury.

Conte does not have a vast range of striking options, having sold Dominic Solanke to Liverpool in the summer and loaned fellow England U-21 star Tammy Abraham to Swansea City for the season – with apparently no recall clause. Abraham has scored 4 goals in 8 games for the Swans.

It is now thought Conte is looking to bring in another striker in January to cover Morata, according to The Daily Telegraph. Names mentioned include Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy – who may be tempted for another shot at the Champions League and a reunion with former teammates N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater. Also thought to be in the frame are Red Star Belgrade striker Richmond Boakye and Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke – although he has been out of form this season and has failed to find the back of the net so far.