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 By Chris Rann

Nothing lucky about Saints' draw with Chelsea despite Mourinho's moans

The ESPN FC team respond to Jose Mourinho's comments surrounding the diving debacle at Chelsea, but Shaka Hislop explains there doesn't seem to be a controversy at all and the referee should have given a penalty for the foul.

Sometimes football is as much about dampening the threat of the opposition as it is about scoring yourselves. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will know that only too well after his side were the victims of a superb defensive display from Southampton in their 1-1 draw on Sunday. 

Yes, Southampton were fortunate not to concede a penalty in the second half when Cesc Fabregas was fouled in the area but Mourinho got it completely wrong when he suggested there was an agenda against his side. Overall,...

 By Kevin Palmer

Three Points: Southampton vs. Chelsea

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley reiterates that the Premier League is not a one-horse race following Chelsea's 1-1 draw at Southampton.

SOUTHAMPTON, England -- Three quick thoughts from Chelsea's 1-1 draw against top-four contenders Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium on Sunday.

1. One point gained, two points lost

This was a breakthrough result for a hard-working Southampton side as they finally claimed some success against one of the Premier League's big hitters. On the other hand, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could only conclude this was a missed opportunity for his title chasers to secure a huge victory.

A flat and somewhat-jaded...

 By Chris Rann

Chelsea hold no fear for Saints after thrashing of Crystal Palace

Sadio Mane celebrates his goal with Ronald Koeman.

With Jose Mourinho coming to St. Mary's on Sunday, it was important that Southampton got a positive result at Selhurst Park on Boxing Day, and they did just that.

In an all-round pleasing 3-0 display that has seen the end of Neil Warnock's reign at Crystal Palace, there were a lot of positives to take into the somewhat more daunting challenge of Premier League leaders Chelsea.

In particular the performance of man of the match Sadio Mane was extremely satisfying. Having looked a world-beater in his...

 By Chris Rann

With Chelsea looming, positive result at Palace a must for Saints

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman confirms left winger Dusan Tadic is set to return from a groin strain at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

After weeks of drained confidence both on the pitch and in the stands for Southampton, they will head to Selhurst Park on Boxing Day with renewed vigour after their convincing win over Everton.

With question marks over squad depth, manager Ronald Koeman has moved to start his January business early by securing winger/forward Eljero Elia on loan from Werder Bremen. Koeman will be hoping his countryman can use the opportunity in the Premier League to get his career back on track and live up to...

 By Alex Shaw

Premier League Report Cards: How has your team fared so far this season?

The ESPN FC crew give their Premier League week 17 team of the weekend, which includes three Manchester City players and Queens Park Rangers hat-trick hero, Charlie Austin.

As we approach the midway point in the 2014-15 Premier League season, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions. Who's your side's unlikely hero, and who has work to do?

Premier League Report Card

1. Grade

2. Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

3. Highlight

4. Lowpoint

5. Surprise Star

6. Must Do Better

7. Great Expectations

Each team's grade for the season so far is below. Click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.

Club-by-club guide

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 By Chris Rann

Southampton Report Card: The Saints' Premier League season so far

Southampton emphatically brought an end to their run of five successive losses in all competitions by beating Everton 3-0 at St Mary's.

With the Premier League season edging towards its halfway point, who has starred for Southampton and can Ronald Koeman keep the Saints challenging towards the top of the league, or will they fall away? Here's a look at how Koeman's men have fared so far.

Grade: A-

Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

Given the summer of discontent, beyond our wildest dreams -- but the recent blip is a worry.

Highlight

The 8-0 massacre of Sunderland was as close to a perfect team performance as you will see anywhere...