Venue: Liberty Stadium
Date: Sunday, 13 April
Kick-off: 16.07 BST
By the time we play this afternoon, we’ll know whether any remaining hopes we had for the title were in vain, with Liverpool and City playing the early game. Either way though, if we’re to have a strong finish to the season we’ll have to hope that unlike us, the players have come back down to earth after our heroic Champions League win just days ago.
And having lost our last three away games to Villa, Palace and PSG, we can afford to be anything but complacent at the Liberty Stadium.
Going into this afternoon’s game, Swansea manager Garry Monk says “I don’t buy we could catch them cold after midweek. The players they have through the squad are top-class players. I am sure they will make changes, but whoever comes in is top class. They are not pushing for the title for no reason. They have experience and class all over the pitch. It’s an extremely tough game, but a challenge we are looking forward to and have to relish.
The journey this club has been on and fighting for is to be on this level, to compete against these sort of teams and we have to make sure we continue that.”
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho meanwhile, says “They are a good team, they play good football. Especially at Swansea it is never easy and Chelsea knows that better than other teams. They still need the three points, they are not in big danger like other teams but they still need a couple of points to stay in the Premier League and of course they will try to get points out of this game.”
For Swansea, Kyle Bartley (hamstring) is the only absentee. Nathan Dyer, Pablo Hernadez and Jose Canas are all pushing for starts.
For Chelsea John Terry (foot) and Eden Hazard (calf) are considered major doubts, so the ball boys are safe. Ramires is back after a three-match ban whilst Mohamed Salah and Nemanja Matic are available after being ineligible in the Champions League midweek.
SWANSEA (Possible line-up): Vorm; Rangel, Davies, Chico, Williams; Canas, De Guzman, Britton, Hernandez, Routledge; Bony
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Cech; Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Cahill, David Luiz; Matic, Ramires, Willian, Oscar, Salah; Ba
Chelsea 1-0 Swansea (26th December 2013)
We’re unbeaten in our last seven against Swansea in the league, although they did beat us over two legs in last season’s league cup semi final. On current form, Swansea have won just once in their last eight league games and have already lost more games (16) than they did in their previous two Premier League campaigns. Chelsea meanwhile, have lost five of their 16 away league matches, so will we be suffering from travel sickness again today? Personally, I think the result from today’s early game might answer that question.
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