Frank Lampard’s Chelsea take a trip to the foot of the country as his side takes on Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium in the English Premier League on Sunday.
After three successive victories in all competitions, people could argue that the wheels on Lampard’s reign are starting to turn rapidly.
Despite winning on their last outing against Sheffield United, Southampton have only won once in the last three league games in what could turn out to be another stern test for them at home.
Ahead of the game, we have taken a look at the last three games, away to Southampton, that Lampard has featured in a blue shirt as a player.
Southampton 2-1 Chelsea 30 March 2013
Chelsea’s hopes of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League were hanging by a thread at this point under interim manager Rafael Benitez.
Lampard’s hopes of staying at the club were also dwindling as he attempted to prove his worth throughout the season.
However, it was not to be as The Blues fell to an away defeat at the home of The Saints.
Things started badly for Lampard and company as Jay Rodriguez gave Southampton the lead.
John Terry did equalise in his first start since early February but that was not enough as Rickie Lambert’s free-kick earned Southampton the three points.
Southampton 1-3 Chelsea 02 April 2005
Cast your minds back to the 2004/2005 season. The Roman revolution was well under way and Chelsea were in touching distance of claiming their first league title in 50 years.
The Blues went one step closer as they moved three wins towards the title with a victory on the road.
Lampard, who was at the very heart of the success, gave his side the lead when his free-kick was deflected into the net.
It took Southampton until the 68th minute, when they constantly battled until they got their equaliser through Kevin Phillips.
However, The Blues fought back and with eight minutes left, Eidur Gudjohnsen latched on to Didier Drogba’s pass to send the away fans in to elation.
Southampton 0-1 Chelsea 22 November 2003
In what seems like a glimpse of history, we go back to Roman Abramovich’s first season as owner of The Blues.
Under then boss Claudio Ranieri, things looked promising from the start of the season and it was made better with an away win against The Saints.
The only goal came from former Blue Mario Melchiot as Southampton fell to a second successive home defeat in the league.
By Darion Westwood