Southampton boss Nigel Adkins says Ricki Lambert deserves the captaincy.
Adkins has made Lambert captain in the injury absence of Adam Lallana and Jose Fonte.
He said: “Rickie is a good penalty taker. He can despatch them in different ways and knows how to hold his nerve, which is important. Rickie wearing the armband did not affect him. He was pleased to get it but he has always been a talisman for us, someone other players look up to.
“With Lallana and Fonte out, Rickie was a natural choice. We are looking for leaders all over the pitch and Rickie is a winner.
“Chelsea are under pressure to win every game and it will be interesting to see if Rafa Benitez can win the fans around. We have a point to prove.”