Chelsea take on Swansea at Liberty Stadium on Saturday, 9th April 2016 as they look for back-to-back wins to improve their chances of European qualification next season.
Saturday’s hosts Swansea are currently 15th in the league table and distanced themselves from any immediate threat of relegation on the back of some strong results since March. They came back from 2 goals down at Stoke in the previous week to draw 2-2 and the result will certainly boost their morale as they prepare to welcome a Chelsea side who are growing in confidence under Guus Hiddink.
Chelsea are 10th in the Premier League table after 31 matches played and any hope of a place in next season UEFA Champions League has vanished. They have only Europa league spot to play for and even that depends on how other teams above them perform in the coming weeks.
Swansea have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1, out of their last 5 league games. They were winless in 4 consecutive matches prior to that and their recent results is a massive improvement.
The Swans have won their last two home matches, both by a 1-0 score line and their last 5 matches at home have seen under 2.5 goals.
Chelsea’s result took a massive turnaround under Hiddink and they are unbeaten in their last 15 Premier League games, with 7 wins and 8 draws.
The Blues’ away form is a strong one as they have won 5 out of their last 7 matches. Chelsea are on a three match winning streak away from home and all of those matches have witnessed over 2.5 goals, with Chelsea scoring at least 2 goals in each of them.
Swansea: Team News
Leon Britton and Jordi Amat are both doubts and may be forced to watch the match from the sidelines. Andre Ayew has returned from injury and is expect to start here.
Swansea: Expected Starting Eleven (4-2-3-1)
Fabianski – Fernandez, Williams, Naughton, Kingsley – Cork, Leroy Fer – Sigurdsson, Ayew, Routledge – Gomis.
Chelsea: Team News
Diego Costa is still serving his suspension while Eden Hazard and Loic Remy can be ruled out due to injury. Gary Cahill a doubt alongside John Terry and Kurt Zouma, which results in Matt Miazga partnering Ivanovic in the center of defense.
Alexandre Pato is expected to make his first start for the Blues, with Bertrand Traore also pushing for a start. Willian was rested in the match against Aston Villa and he is expected to start here.
Chelsea: Expected Starting Eleven (4-2-3-1)
Courtois – Ivanovic, Miazga, Azpilicueta, Kennedy – Mikel, Fabregas – Willian, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek – Pato.
Swansea vs Chelsea: Head-to-Head Stats
- As per records available, the teams met 11 times previously in all competitions, with Chelsea winning in 6, while Swansea had won just once and the rest 4 were draws.
- Swansea haven’t won against Chelsea in 9 Premier League meetings, which will read 6 Chelsea wins and 3 draws.
- Chelsea have won in 5 of their last 6 meetings in Premier League.
- The reverse fixture in this season’s Premier League ended in a 2-2 draw.
Swansea vs Chelsea: Prediction
The Blues on the other are unbeaten in their last 15 games in the league and won their last three away games. They will be definitely hoping to win another one to keep climbing up the table even if their Champions League dreams have completely vanished.
Swansea fought back from 2 goals down to earn a priceless point at Stoke last weekend. They will look to carry the good morale into Saturday’s clash. They have already defeated one London side in Arsenal and could take some confidence from that.
The Swans have not won against Chelsea in the last 9 meetings and a similar result could repeat here.