Four years ago both were working alongside each other under the stewardship of ‘The Special One’ but will now be in opposing dugouts and with very different aspirations for their clubs. Villas-Boas is the fifth coach to take residence in the Chelsea dugout since his Portuguese predecessor was relieved of his duties back in 2007. The Blues start to the season hasn’t been as smooth as he would have hoped although last week’s disappointing defeat to Manchester United was his first loss since taking over. Villas-Boas has been vocal with his thoughts on that game claiming his side didn’t get what they deserved and it could have all been different if Fernando Torres hadn’t squandered a glorious late chance. The Spaniard had already broken his duck for the season with goal straight from his own personal textbook and with the game poised at 3-1 he should have scored his second after smartly rounding David de Gea. Unfortunately he managed to scuff the ball wide much to the joy of the red shirts that filled Old Trafford. For Torres it was another chapter in his Chelsea misery although his goal was indicative of the player he was two years ago. Despite that he is growing in confidence and will fancy his chances against Swansea who have struggled to adapt to the Premier League since their promotion.
Rodgers’ side have played some attractive football but took their time to fully get to grips with England’s top flight. A run of four scoreless and winless games was ended last week with West Brom on the receiving end of a 3-0 hammering at the Liberty Stadium. Scorer of the first Premier League goal for the Swans was Scott Sinclair who will return to Stamford Bridge looking to put one over his former employes who sold him for just £1 million last year. His boss will be buoyed by the fact they managed to break their duck although a trip to Stamford Bridge so soon won’t have been high on his list. Swansea have lost both their away league games this season failing to find the net in each whilst Chelsea haven’t lost to a promoted side in over 10 years since Charlton Athletic beat them 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in April 2001 – a run of 62 games.
Petr Cech is expected to retain his place in goal despite sustaining a head injury against Fulham in the midweek Carling Cup game. Daniel Sturridge will definitely miss out with a knee injury.
Swansea could have Neil Taylor back after he recovered from being knocked out against West Brom last week whilst Danny Graham could return after missing out with a back complaint.
Juan Mata – The Spaniard has been a revelation since signing from Valencia adding some much needed flair to the Chelsea midfield. His elegance on the ball and razor sharp mind are his biggest attributes and his link up with Torres could unlock the strikers dormant goalscoring abilities.
Michael Vorm – What a find this bloke has been with the agile Dutchman pulling off four or five wonder saves every game. He’ll have a massive job on at Stamford Bridge against a Chelsea looking to avenge last week’s defeat to rivals Man Utd.
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