Swansea v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Sunday 11th September, 2016
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Kick-off: 16:00 BST

Back from an international break we could have done without, this afternoon’s return to Premier League action takes us to the Liberty Stadium to face a Swansea side who kept their first clean sheet against us since 1981 when we last met in April.
In this fixture just a few months ago, Swansea ended Hiddink’s unbeaten run with a 1-0 win.
This time around, it’s Antonio Conte in charge and the new Chelsea boss could become the fourth Blues manager to win his opening four Premier League games if he succeeds where Hiddink failed towards the end of last season.
Today’s opposing managers are no strangers, with Antonio Conte unbeaten against Francesco Guidolin in their Serie A meetings. And Chelsea are no strangers to winning their first four league games either, having achieved this in all four of their title-winning seasons: 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10 and 2014-15.
No pressure Antonio!

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s game, Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin says on Antonio Conte: “He played with Juventus for 13 years and I managed Vicenza, Udinese and Bologna teams against him. Every year I met him and he almost always won because Juventus had the best squad in Italy, and Serie A was the most important league in that period. His career as a player was good and now he has a very good career as manager. He is one of the most important managers in Europe.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte meanwhile, says “We have bought David Luiz because we need a centre-back. In this squad, there were Cahill and Terry, and sometimes we adapt Branislav Ivanovic in this role. But we needed centre-backs so, for that reason, we bought him. I know David Luiz has played in midfield before but, in my mind now, that is not an idea for us. I think this squad can play 3-4-3, not 3-5-2 like the national team in Italy and Juventus but, because of the characteristics of the players, we can play 3-4-3.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Swansea, Neil Taylor returns from a post-Euro 2016 break and new signings Borja Baston and Alfie Mawson are in the squad.
For Chelsea, Kurt Zouma (knee) remains out. New signings David Luiz and Marcos Alonso are unlikely to start but will be made to feel very welcome by the travelling support anyway.

TEAMS
SWANSEA (Possible line-up): Fabianski: Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Kingsley: Fer, Cork: Barrow, Sigurdsson, Routledge: Llorente
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta: Kante- Matic Oscar, Willian, Hazard: Costa

LAST SEASON
Swansea 1-0 Chelsea (9th April 2016)

CURRENT FORM
SWANSEA: WLWL
CHELSEA: WWWW

OTHER STUFF
~ Swansea had their first Premier League win against us last season (1-0)
~ Chelsea’s 5-0 win at the Liberty Stadium in January 2015 is Swansea’s heaviest defeat at home in the top flight
~ Swansea have conceded more goals against Chelsea than any other Premier League side.
~ Swansea have lost their last two league matches
~ Diego Costa has scored more goals against Swansea than any other PL side (5)

PREDICTIONS
BBC Sport: Swansea 0-2 Chelsea
Metro: Swansea 1-2 Chelsea
Sky Sports: Swansea 0-3 Chelsea

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