By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Nemanja Matic and Oscar have been left out of the Chelsea side that faces Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Guus Hiddink has picked an unchanged team for the Premier League clash as he sticks with Cesc Fabregas and John Obi Mikel in midfield, and Pedro and Eden Hazard as two of the three attacking midfielders in support of Diego Costa.
Matic and Oscar were also on the bench as Chelsea thrashed a weakened Manchester City 5-1n the FA Cup last Sunday.
With John Terry still out with a hamstring injury, Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill are paired in central defence, with Baba Rahman at left-back and Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back.
Chelsea team today: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Baba Rahman; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Diego Costa. #CFC
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The teams are in – and @chazaustin9 makes his first start for the club!
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) February 27, 2016
For Southampton, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle on the bench as Charlie Austin is given the nod to spearhead the attack. It is the former QPR striker’s first start for the club he joined in the January transfer window.