Swansea vs Chelsea – Match Preview
Chelsea travel to Wales this Sunday as they take on a struggling Swansea side at the Liberty stadium.
The Londoners who are running high on confidence after a brilliant comeback against PSG in the Champions league quarter-finals should have no problem in picking up all the three points against Swansea.
Swansea on the other hand have registered only one win in their last 10 games in all competitions and should they happen to pick up any points from this fixture, they would move further away from the bottom three in the right direction.
The Swans enter this game on the back of a narrow loss to Hull City but one encouraging point for Swansea in the game was that they had a good second half, however they missed out on an equalizer.
Chelsea’s story has been quite opposite to that of their opponents as they register two convincing victories with clean sheets in the last week, one against Stoke (3-0) in the Premier league and one against Paris (2-0) in the Champions league.
Chelsea will also look to avoid the third straight away loss after they lost 1-0 to both Aston Villa and Crystal Palace which is now proving costly as they might miss out on the league title this time around.
Kyle Bartley is the only player missing out on this game due to Hamstring problem and the rest of the squad is at manager Gary Monk’s disposal for this game.
The manager might pick Nathan Dyer and Pablo Hernandez while opting for Michu to stay on the bench.
Chelsea will miss out on the services of Eden Hazard, undoubtedly their best player this season due to the calf injury he picked up while playing Paris in the midweek.
Eto’o played for full 90 minutes midweek which means Mourinho might go with Torres at the front or might just give Demba Ba a rare start.
Matic and Salah are available again after they were ineligible to play against Paris midweek which means Lampard and Luiz might get some rest.
Last Five Games (All Competitions)
Hull City 1-0 Swansea City (PL)
Swansea City 3-0 Norwich City (PL)
Arsenal 2-2 Swansea City (PL)
Everton 3-2 Swansea City (PL)
Swansea City 1-2 West Brom (PL)
Chelsea 2-0 Paris Saint Germain (UCL)
Chelsea 3-0 Stoke City (PL)
Paris Saint Germain 3-1 Chelsea (UCL)
Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea (PL)
Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal (PL)
– Petr Cech of Chelsea has kept the highest number of clean sheets this season(15)
– Chelsea never lost any of their last 12 PL games played on a Sunday.
– Chelsea have never won at the Liberty Stadium.
– Swansea have picked up only seven out of a possible 51 points against top half sides this season
Kick-off: 16:07 GMT
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Referee: Phil Dowd
Author’s Verdict: Swansea City 0-3 Chelsea