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Where would Southampton be without James Ward-Prowse and his dead ball prowess? Seemingly heading for a fifth straight defeat in all competitions, Ralph Hasenhuttl‘s side were up against it when Jack Harrison drew first blood for Leeds just before the half-hour mark.

However, with just four minutes gone in the second half, Ward-Prowse produced a typically sublime free kick to force a share of the spoils at Elland Road and finally end a worrying streak of losses for Southampton, who went through all of March without gleaning a single point.

Hasenhuttl’s side have endured quite the downturn in fortunes since their stellar period over the winter months, and just one point taken from the last 12 on offer in the Premier League sees them languish in 12th spot in the table – one point off a potential top-half finish.

Conceding nine goals in their last four games in the top flight highlights where the issues lie for the Saints, who despite being previously solid in front of their own fans have slumped to back-to-back home defeats to Watford and Newcastle United in the past few weeks.

On a brighter note, Hasenhuttl’s side have scored in each of their last 12 Premier League home games since drawing a blank against Wolverhampton Wanderers in September, and if the past week is anything to go by, Chelsea’s defensive discipline is not what it used to be.

While Valentino Livramento will relish the chance to strut his stuff against his old club, Southampton will be without Blues loanee Armando Broja for the meeting with his parent club.

The Saints have no fresh concerns on the injury front, with Lyanco still missing while Alex McCarthy seeks to make himself available following a thigh issue, but Fraser Forster‘s spot is not in any real danger.

Adam Armstrong has been consigned to the bench more often than not due to Broja’s form but ought to rejoin the attack alongside Che Adams, while Stuart Armstrong will also eye a recall to the first XI.

Meanwhile, Chelsea continue to cope without long-term ACL absentee Ben Chilwell and Callum Hudson-Odoi, with the latter facing a race against time to recover from Achilles and back problems in time for Saturday.

Tuchel did not report any fresh concerns following the first-leg loss to Real, but the quick turnaround and manner of defeat will certainly lead to some alterations here, with Thiago Silva potentially being rested ahead of the trip to Madrid.

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Marcos AlonsoMateo Kovacic and Hakim Ziyech are all candidates to return for the first XI, while Romelu Lukaku could even earn a rare start if big-game player Havertz is saved for the Bernabeu trip.

Southampton possible starting lineup:
Forster; Livramento, Salisu, Bednarek, Walker-Peters; Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Diallo; S. Armstrong; Adams, A. Armstrong

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Mendy; Christensen, Chalobah, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Alonso; Ziyech, Lukaku, Pulisic

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