Swansea City (4-2-3-1): Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies, Shelvey, Britton, Dyer, Michu, Routledge, Bony
Swansea City are just about clear of the relegation zone if teams below them still continue to lose and they continue to grab some points between now and then end of the season. However, their form isn’t in their favour having registered only one win, two draws, and three loses in their last six matches. Currently sitting in 15th, Swansea can jump up two or three places if either of the two teams above them suffer a defeat. They host a Chelsea side that have had a few hiccups in recent weeks but look to be boosted by the huge victory in Europe in mid-week. Garry Monk could possibly make only one change from from the team he used in the lost with Hull City as Jonathan De Guzman, who was substituted at halftime in their previous match looks to be replaced by Nathan Dyer. The Swans don’t have any major injury concerns or doubts with the manager being able to pick from a large group of players.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Matic, Willian, Oscar, Schurrle, Torres
Chelsea travel to the Liberty Stadium fueled by a sensational 2-0 victory against PSG on Tuesday. After suffering two shocking defeats in recent weeks, Chelsea lost their title credentials, but The Blues are surely not going to give up trying to win the league. With 72 points, two behind Liverpool, Jose Mourinho will surely continue to take his team to the top trying to grab as many victories as possible. The team has won four and lost two of their last six league games as they look to end a horrible few weeks of domestic football. Mourinho will make a few changes from their recent Premier League victory against Stoke City with Oscar and David Luiz returning to the sideline after being rested last weekend. Nemanja Matic who was ineligible in midweek will retain his first team spot when they travel to face Swansea with Frank Lampard probably being given a rest. On form Andre Schurrle could come in to replace Eden Hazard who limped out of his team’s clash with Paris Saint Germain and looks to be a doubt. Mourinho has a few injury doubts as he looks to not risk the likes of Hazard and Samuel Eto’o in hopes that they can return to full fitness when they play even more important matches.
Chelsea rarely let us down on the big nights. Last night was mustard. Must beat Swansea now. UTC
— GARY G (@CFCGARYG) April 9, 2014
— King Ba (@deanfairbairn) April 8, 2014
Now watch how we drop points to Swansea. Typical Chelsea thing to do. Just watch.
— Akspilicueta (@ChelseaFC_Talk) April 8, 2014
A 0-0 draw resulting in a 2-0 aggregate win over Chelsea was a highlight for Swansea last season in the Capital One Cup. However, the incident of Eden Hazard kicking the ball boy made more headlines than the result itself. Hopefully none of this happens again as both team will want a victory in what is surely going to be a heated battle.
Andre Schurrle has been in the headlines for Chelsea recently scoring a few important goals for the club, with the highlight being the crucial first goal in the 2-0 victory against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League. Not always getting the start he deserves, he always manages to make a statement, just like his superb hat trick display against Fulham earlier last month.
Swansea City vs. Chelsea: An Alternative Preview
Swansea City have won three and lost just one of their last five home league games (D1), keeping a clean sheet in all three wins.
Chelsea have won three and lost none of their five previous Barclays Premier League meetings with Swansea (D2).