Swansea vs CHELSEA: Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Liberty Stadium

Date: Tuesday, 31 January

Kick-off: 1945 GMT

 

If you’d have told me back in the summer I wouldn’t feel remotely confident about a game against Swansea, I’d have laughed.  We beat them pretty easily in the summer for a start – but then we maybe weren’t as unconvincing then and Swansea hadn’t had time to show everyone their strength at home.

As it stands though, United are the only one’s to have taken 3 points off them at the Liberty Stadium so far this season and given they’ve conceded just six goals there all season, it’s a fair bet this one will be a struggle to take anything away from.

One thing you can guarantee from the game though is that all eyes will be on Fernando Torres, he scored against Swansea last time out – reported to have been something like 3 years ago by the press although I believe it was September – but it was also a game that saw him arse down the tunnel early following what could only be described as a pretty ‘committed challenge’. What we’ll get from him tonight remains to be seen – but whatever happens will be scrutinised every bit as thoroughly as our captain’s youtube video in the morning.

 

 

MANAGERS’ VIEWS

Ahead of tonight’s game, Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers might acknowledge his club’s achievements so far although clearly hasn’t forgotten where they came from, saying “As soon as you get that first victory against a so-called big club, that gives you motivation and belief.  Ultimately, though, at home no matter who the opponent is we have a great belief we can get a good result.  Are we looking over our shoulders? Absolutely. Six or seven months ago, we were in the Championship and fighting for our lives. There is no complacency. We have to fight for our lives and that is the mentality I put into the group.”

With injuries starting to creep in now, going into tonight’s game Chelsea’s Andre Villas-Boas is probably relieved it gives him something else to focus on apart from bloody handshakes, and with JT now absent with a knee injury, says “We have a lot of positions covered, of course, because of our squad.  We have Gary and David available and competing and hopefully we can make the right decision.  Frank’s rehabilitation is going well, we are trying to reintroduce him gradually to the first team activities.  Frank felt that it was still a little bit soon to come back and went on to work with the physios, so hopefully after Swansea we will get him ready for the Man United game.”

 

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Swansea, first team regulars Michel Vorm, Steven Caulker, Neil Taylor, Joe Allen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Danny Graham should all return following their FA Cup rests although Josh McEachran has to sit this one out against us.

For Chelsea, Mikel (hamstring) is still injured, Ramires is out with medial ligament damage, and John Terry (knee) has been ruled out, whilst Lampard (calf) still looks pretty doubtful. Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou are on international duty but new signing Gary Cahill should start.

 

 

TEAMS

SWANSEA (from): Vorm, Williams, Taylor, Caulker, Tate, Britton, Orlandi, Graham, Sinclair, Dyer, Dobbie, Routledge, Monk, Lita, Moore, Bessone, Rangel, Allen, Tremmel, Agustien, Gower, Richards, Sigurdsson.

CHELSEA (from): Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Hutchinson, Bertrand, Cole, Romeu, Essien, Mata, Malouda, Meireles, Torres, Sturridge, Lukaku, Turnbull.

 

 

LAST MEETING

Chelsea 4-1 Swansea (24th September 2011)

 

 

PREDICTION

We look to have tightened up our backline a bit lately, coming into tonight’s game off the back of four clean sheets although we’re definitely not looking clinical enough in front of goal, so with Swansea conceding just six goals at home so far, in a season that has already seen them take 20 from 26 points at the Liberty Stadium, losing just one game, we could be forgiven for lacking confidence here.

 

2 Responses to “Swansea vs CHELSEA: Preview”

  1. well 3 points would be nice but the way things are chelsea just cant get the balance right. i think its the lack of movment in the mid field. noone seems to make space and if they do, use there first tuch to beat the first player and make space.

    mata is the only good thing about this season. lets get top 4 and a team that will play the way avb wants them too.

  2. Fix our movement and pace right up. we can’t seem to pass the ball consecutively more than 3 times. Keep possession and pass quickly and cleanly. Move to positions n somethings bound to open up