Date: 26th February 2016 at 6:27pm
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Southampton (A) – February 27

The Blues are unbeaten in the league since Guus Hiddink’s arrival back in December, and they will know how important a victory at St Mary’s on Saturday could be.

The Saints are currently seven points ahead of Chelsea in sixth, and the side from the capital will want to close that gap with a dozen matches to go.

24 January 2016 - Barclays Premier League - Arsenal v Chelsea - Diego Costa of Chelsea - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Costa and Co face some key games against the sides above them in the table over the last dozen matches.

Stoke (H) – March 5

One of the Blues’ other rivals for a spot in the Europa League could well be Stoke, who currently lie just three points above them in the table.

Chelsea know they need to take points off of the sides above them to achieve the highest possible finish, and they will look to do just that against the Potters at Stamford Bridge.

West Ham (H) – March 19

Just two weeks later, Chelsea come up against their London rivals, West Ham, at Stamford Bridge.

Like Southampton and Stoke, the Hammers are another team chasing a place in Europe for next season, and the Blues can’t afford to slip-up in this one to achieve their own ambitions of securing European football.

 
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