Swansea v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 28th April, 2018

Venue: Liberty Stadium

Kick-off: 17:30 BST

 

 

 

After getting ourselves through to the FA Cup final with a win against Southampton last week, its back to the business of the Premier League today as the late game sees us travel to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea.

For us, there’s little to play for in the league. Spurs have a five-point advantage over us and at this late stage, our chances of a top-four finish are extremely slim to none. Swansea meanwhile, need the win much more because they’ve only managed three draws in their last five games. Mind you, they’ve already beaten Liverpool, Arsenal and Burnley this calendar year, so unless we dig deep for that pride buried somewhere in our players seemingly bottomless pockets, they’ll probably turn us over as well. 

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into today’s game, Swansea head coach Carlos Carvalhal says, “It is David against Goliath again, we are up against a good team. They have great players – all of them will go to the World Cup after the season – and a very good manager. But at the Liberty we have good support from the fans and our players grow there, we play better at home. We are in a period where we want to make our presence felt.”

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte meanwhile, says “We have to try to get three points. It won’t be easy and we are playing against a team fighting against relegation. They are in good form. The reality is that Tottenham have a big advantage, five points more than us. The only way to put a bit of pressure on them is to get three points. Otherwise it is difficult.”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Swansea, Federico Fernandez (knee) and Kyle Bartley (knee) are both doubtful

Luciano Narsingh (ankle) could also miss out, but Renato Sanches (hamstring) could be involved.

For Chelsea, David Luiz (knee) and Ethan Ampadu (ankle) are injured but Danny Drinkwater (groin) could return. Marcos Alonso completes his three-match ban.  

 

TEAMS

SWANSEA (Possible line-up): Fabianski; Naughton, Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson; A. Ayew, King, Ki Sung-yueng, Carroll, Clucas; J. Ayew

CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Emerson; Hazard, Willian, Giroud

 

 LAST SEASON

Swansea 2-2 Chelsea (11th September 2016

 

CURRENT FORM (ALL)

SWANSEA: DLLDDL

CHELSEA: WLDWWW

 

 OTHER STUFF

~ Swansea’s only Premier League victory over Chelsea in 13 attempts came at home in April 2016

~ Chelsea have won two and drawn four of their seven trips to Liberty Stadium in all competitions.

~ Swansea have gone five matches without a win

~ Swansea are the division’s joint-lowest scorers this season, along with Huddersfield.

~ Swansea are on a five-match unbeaten run at home.

~ Swansea could become the first team outside the established top six to win three games against those sides this season

~ Chelsea are vying for a third successive Premier League away victory – having lost the previous three.

~ Chelsea have gone seven league matches without a clean sheet.

 

PREDICTION

BBC Sport: Swansea 0-2 Chelsea

Sky Sports: Swansea 1-1 Chelsea

Sportsmole: Swansea 1-2 Chelsea

 


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