CHELSEA v Swansea: Preview

Date: Saturday 25th February, 2017
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

After last weekend’s FA Cup win against Wolves, today’s game sees us take on a much improved Swansea side at Stamford Bridge. Wolves made us work hard for the win last week and Swansea won’t be any easier to break down either.
With our gap at the top marginally shaved down to 8 points, the inevitable speculation around whether chinks are appearing in our armour has started, with rivals, pundits and press all crossing their fingers for a bit of a title fight. So Swansea won’t be the only ones hoping we drop points this afternoon.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into today’s game, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says, “He (Clement) had a great impact for the team and also with the transfer window they reinforced the squad and we must pay great attention tomorrow because for sure it will be a really tough game. If you watch their game against Liverpool (3-2 win), Manchester City (late 2-1 defeat), you understand the difficulty of the game but I am sure my players understand this. We worked well and worked to face them in the right way but Clement is doing a great job with Swansea. They are very compact defensively and dangerous in offensive situations and set pieces. We must pay great attention tomorrow.”
Swansea manager Paul Clement meanwhile, says “No one expects us to win. People may see it as a shot to nothing for us. That might have been the case going to Liverpool and Manchester City, but I think they would say we gave them hard games. I think we could give anyone a difficult game in this moment. We are in a decent run and we have to keep that going with a performance, even if we cannot get a result”.

SQUAD NEWS
For Chelsea, no injuries are reported and Thibaut Courtois should be available after recovering from illness earlier in the week.
For Swansea, Montero, Ki, Britton and Dyer will miss out with injuries.

TEAMS
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Matic, Kante, Alonso; Hazard, Costa, Pedro
SWANSEA (Possible line-up): Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson; Fer, Cork, Carroll; Narsingh, Llorente, Sigurdsson

LAST SEASON
Chelsea 2-2 Swansea (8th August 2015)

RECENT FORM (PL)
CHELSEA: DWDWW
SWANSEA: WLWLL

OTHER STUFF
~ Swansea have only won one of 11 previous Premier League games against Chelsea
~ Swansea drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge last season but have lost their four other Premier League games away to Chelsea
~ Swansea are unbeaten in the last three meetings
~ Chelsea have won 14 of their 15 home matches under Antonio Conte in all competitions, including their last 11.
~ Chelsea could concede a goal in four consecutive league matches for the first time this season
~ Swansea could record back-to-back Premier League clean sheets for the first time since a run of three shut-outs in December 2015.
~ Swansea have taken 12 points in the last six games – equalling their haul from their opening 19 matches.
~ Swansea have only kept two clean sheets in their last 31 Premier League away games.

PREDICTION
BBC Sport: Chelsea 3-0 Swansea
Sky Sports: Chelsea 3-0 Swansea
Sportslens: Chelsea 3-0 Swansea

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