Chelsea visit the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City – with this preview courtesy of fanatix.
Chelsea face Swansea City in a tough away game, but their creativity will likely see them emerge on top at the Liberty Stadium.
Venue Liberty Stadium, Saturday 3pm
Last season Swansea 1 Chelsea 1
Referee Kevin Friend
This season’s matches 4 Y14, R1, 3.75 cards per game
Odds Swansea 4-1 Chelsea 5-6 Draw 14-5
Subs from Cornell, Agustein, Tate, Graham, Dyer, Monk, Shechter, Moore, Gower, Richards, Lucas, Tiendalli
Doubtful Flores (dead leg), Williams (ankle)
Injured Vorm (groin, Dec), Bartley (thigh, Dec), Taylor (ankle, May)
Form guide LWDLLL
Disciplinary record Y17 R2
Leading scorer Michu 6
Subs from Hilário, Turnbull, Romeu, Moses, Malouda, Ferreira, Piazón, Marin, Sturridge, Bertrand
Doubtful David Luiz (ankle), Mata (hamstring)
Injured Lampard (calf, 11 Nov)
Suspended Terry (final match of four)
Form guide LWWWWD
Disciplinary record Y14 R2
Leading scorers Mata, Torres 4
CaughtOffside predicted line-ups
Last season’s two meetings between the clubs were the first in the top flight. Chelsea won 4-1 at Stamford Bridge but needed a stoppage-time own goal to earn a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium. Both teams now have different managers.
Chelsea had a man sent off in both matches against Swansea last season – Fernando Torres got his marching orders in the home game, with Ashley Cole shown a red card in the away fixture. Torres’ second Premier League red card came last weekend when he was controversially dismissed in the defeat by Manchester United.
In 10 previous trips to Swansea, the Blues have managed just two victories.
Swansea have lost just one of their five home league games this season – that was the 3-0 defeat by Everton in September.
According to Opta, Swansea have played 114 long balls (launches as opposed to long passes) this season, fewer than any other top-flight club.
With their haul of 11 points, Swansea are two points better off than they were after nine games last season.
They failed to score or win a Premier League match in November last season (D2, L1).
If selected, Ashley Williams will be making his 350th career league appearance.
The son of Swansea manager Michael Laudrup played for FC Nordsjaelland against Chelsea in the Champions League last month, and Michael’s brother Brian played for Chelsea in the 1998-99 season.
Chelsea have won seven of their first nine league matches – but suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season against Manchester United last weekend.
The Blues are unbeaten away from home in this season’s Premier League. They have won three of their four away matches, with the only blip coming in the 0-0 draw at QPR.
Chelsea have won all six league games in which they have taken the lead this season.
The Blues conceded just two goals in their first five Premier League games of the season, but have conceded seven in their last four.
Florent Malouda has made 149 league appearances for Chelsea.
CaughtOffside prediction: Swansea 0-2 Chelsea. Blues to demonstrate their great attacking verve in an away victory.
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