CHELSEA v Swansea: Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Date: Sunday, 28 April

Kick-off: 15.00 GMT

If there was a game we could pick for the run-in ahead of United away, Spurs at home, Villa away and finally Everton at home, would we have gone for Swansea?

I mean, we’ve played them three times already this season – and not once have we come out on top.  We managed to lose over two legs in the Capital One Cup and drew 1-1 away in the league – although to be fair, we probably struggled to hold it together after ballboy-gate.

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Michael Laudrup talks up our need for points, saying “For a club like Chelsea it would be a huge disappointment if they do not reach the Champions League.  They have to go into the Champions League not only because of the money but also the prestige. The top clubs feel they have to be in that competition every year. Chelsea need to be there.  There are four places for the Champions League, but there is always that small doubt about the fourth spot because you have to play one round before you go into the group stages. All the big clubs want to avoid that so Chelsea will be going for the third spot.” No pressure there then!

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Chelsea, Oriol Romeu (knee) remains a long-term absentee.  Demba Ba could replace Torres and Gary Cahill could also make a return to the starting line-up. Eden Hazard could also start, so ballboys, get your riot gear on!

For Swansea, there’s no injury concerns for Laudrup to worry about and Neil Taylor will probably start from the bench again as he makes his way back.

 

TEAMS

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand; Mikel, Ramires; Mata, Hazard, Oscar; Ba

SWANSEA (Possible line-up): Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Sung-Yeung, Britton; Hernandez, Dyer, Guzman; Micho

 

LAST MEETING (PL)

Swansea 1-1 Chelsea (3rd November 2012)

 

PREDICTION

Swansea are having their worst run right now with five games without a win but before any of us get carried away with that fact, we should remember they’re unbeaten in their last four against us. So, given just how much we need a win today, is a draw being too optimistic?

One Response to “CHELSEA v Swansea: Preview”

  1. I’d hope our recent 4 game record against them adds to the incentive of Champs Lg qualification.