The Blues are likely to finish fifth no matter what they achieve in their final six top flight games. But there is at least something riding on Saturday’s trip to Southampton.
Given the two sides meet in little over a week in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, victory, and a comfortable one at that, for Antonio Conte’s side would strike a psychological blow.
It’s why the Italian is likely to name a strong side against the Saints, who need to win in order to boost their survival hopes. The south coast club are 18th in the table and are three points away from safety.
Our unique algorithm has predicted the Chelsea side it believes will start the game.
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