Match Preview: Swansea vs. Chelsea

After some exciting midweek action in the Capital One Cup that saw Chelsea beat United 5-4 in a thrilling encounter, it’s time to shift our focus back on the Premier League. On Saturday, Chelsea take on Swansea City in what is sure to be a tricky away fixture.

Swansea also registered a win in the Capital One Cup when they beat Liverpool, now managed by ex-Swans boss Brendan Rodgers, at Anfield in turn knocking the defending cup-holders out of the tournament. But Swansea’s form in the Premier League has been far from what they are capable of. They currently lie 11th in the league table. They lost 3 games on the trot after beating newly-promoted West Ham 3-0. The Swans are definitely feeling the pressure of having to live up to heightened expectations after their impressive displays last season. The fact that they added a few quality players to their side in the summer has only added to that pressure. Nevertheless, one cannot underestimate the Welsh side, especially considering how well they did against us in the corresponding fixture last season.

Chelsea are going through a slight slump in form too. Consecutive losses to Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester United in the Champions League and the Premier League respectively ended our unbeaten start to the season. The win against United in midweek will have brought a much-needed boost for this Chelsea side, who are still unbeaten in away from home in the Premier League this season. The fact that our defence has looked far from convincing in recent matches is also a worry. There are a couple of injury doubts too, as manager Roberto Di Matteo revealed that both David Luiz and Juan Mata are carrying slight injuries.

Keeping form aside, one can expect a good match given the style of play of both teams: Swansea’s possession-based, passing style against Chelsea’s dynamic and fluid style.

Key stats:

1) Chelsea have goal threats all over the field; 14 different players have scored for Chelsea so far this season.

2) Since beating West Ham at home, Swansea have yet to score a goal in a home match before the 60th minute.

Predicted XI: Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole; Ramires, Mikel; Moses, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.

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