PREVIEW: CHELSEA VS SWANSEA

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The busy schedule continues for Chelsea as they prepare for a visit from Swansea City on Wednesday night.

Following a tough game at Anfield on Saturday, the Blues have a very winnable run of fixtures between now and the New Year, making this a crucial period if they are to make up ground on Manchester City.

Antonio Conte already indicated in his press conference on Tuesday that he would be making a handful of changes to his side, with squad depth playing a huge part during this part of the season.

Swansea manager Paul Clement might be resting players for other reasons. His side has a crucial match against Bournemouth this weekend, and with the Swans desperately needing points, he is likely to prioritise that game instead.

Their best player, Tammy Abraham, is also not eligible to play, as he is on loan from Chelsea this season.

Even if the Blues do face a weakened Swansea side, they have to remain focused and get the job done. At this stage of the season, and with Manchester City so far ahead already, every point is crucial. Only a win is acceptable tonight.

 

Key Stats

  • Chelsea have won seven and lost just one of their 12 Premier League meetings with Swansea. However, the Blues have claimed only five points from their last four top-flight games against the Swans, winning just one of them.
  • Swansea have conceded two or more goals in five of their six Premier League visits to Chelsea.
  • Swansea’s last league win at Stamford Bridge came in November 1925. They won 3-1 under their former name Swansea Town.
  • Chelsea have won 16 and lost only two of their last 27 Premier League home games played on a Wednesday.
  • Chelsea have lost two league home games already in this campaign – equalling their total from last season.
  • Chelsea have five points fewer than at this stage last season, when they sat top of the league with 31 points after 13 games.
  • Alvaro Morata has scored eight goals in the Premier League this season, one more than Swansea have managed in total.

 

Predicted Line-up

Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rüdiger; Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Pedro, Willian, Morata, Pedro

 

Prediction

Swansea know they have more winnable matches coming up and probably won’t be at their best when they come to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea will easily get the job done. 3-0

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