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Team News

 

CHELSEA

– Kurt Zouma and Marco van Ginkel both out for knee injury

– No suspensions

– Diego Costa is in good form after great match with Spain after Lichtenstein

– David Luiz is back to Chelsea and Premier League after two seasons spent at PSG

– Marcos Alonso can start after his signing on the deadline day

SWANSEA

–  No injuries for the Swans: all players are full fit

–  No suspensions

–  Club record signing Borja Baston recovered during international break and can start today

 

Predicted Line Ups

 

SWANSEA  (4-2-3-1) - Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Kingsley; Fer, Cork; Routledge, Sigurdsson, Barrow; Baston

Manager: Francesco Guidolin

 

CHELSEA  (4-1-4-1) – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Terry, Marcos Alonso; Kante, Matic, Oscar, Willian, Eden Hazard; Diego Costa

Manager: Antonio Conte

 

Referee - Andre Marriner

Venue – Liberty Stadium, Swansea, UK

Kick Off – 4 pm BST, 5 pm CET

 

 

 

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Chelsea are set to battle Liverpool in the signing of Swansea City forward Andre Ayew.

Ayew joined Swansea only last season but his performances in the Premier League attracted attention from a number of clubs in the top tier of English football.

Sunderland were leading the race to sign the Ghana international but after the Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce accepted the role of England manager, they have likely dropped their interest and left him to Chelsea and Liverpool.

Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin made a statement on the player but his words don’t exactly exert confidence in keeping the forward for next season.

“Andre is a good guy and a good player, I hope he stays with us but I don’t know. It is important to keep him, but it is not my job.”

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Today at Swansea Chelsea lost not only a game but also a huge part of the – already small- chances to get into European competitions for next season.

The Blues were not able to respond to Sigurdsson‘s goal that arrived halfway in the first part and now they find themselves again in the 10th place with 44 points: it will be really hard to climb up to the sixth place, even with a game in hand.

Guus Hiddink said yesterday he preferred to give chances to the youngsters rather than keeping his unbeaten record in the Premier League, but with his record gone now, he could understand that not every game you are facing an almost relegated side with no motivation and some of the youngsters didn’t fulfill the expectations after the good performances against Aston Villa: one of them is Matt Miazga, that did a big mistake in Swansea’s goal with a weak clearing that gave the ball to Sigurdsson.

Chelsea then was not able to equalise, with Pato wasting two big chances before the end of the first half but they risked also to get the second goal after a mix-up between Begovic and Baba Rahman that Andre Ayew didn’t exploit.

In the beginning of the second half Begovic avoid the 2-0 with a great save on Paloschi.

Meanwhile Kenedy made his way into the pitch at half time, replacing Matt Miazga.

A 2-0 that could came right after this chance, when Ivanovic terribly loses a ball near the box delivering that to Sigurdsson, that didn’t take advantage of Chelsea defense’s present like in the first half.

Pato then misses another chance on a terrific cross by Baba and that’s when Hiddink decides to replace him with Bertrand Traorè (minute 64).

Chelsea seem to be more confident to get the equaliser now, but they miss another chance with Pedro and, at the end, it’s Swansea going closer to score with another incredible chance missed by Montero. ( minute 74).

At minute 77 Hiddink tries another desperate move to try to get at least a draw and substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek ( poor today) with Radamel Falcao, who comes back to play an official games after six months from his previous one and a long recovery from two muscular injury.

The result is not what expected, since the team seem to be a little nervous now, throwing balls into Swansea area but in a confusional way.

Anyway Falcao gets his big chance at minute 86′, when he shoots after a quick spin on a great ball gave by Traore but Swansea defender Williams is able to deflect the ball before Fabianski gets it and save his goal.

Chelsea desperately continue to attack but the anxiety to get the result don’t help the team to be lucid when coming close to the goal.

The game ends with a defeat that can be tougher of what imagined: Antonio Conte will have a great job to do next season to restore confidence in this team and take it back to to football top levels.

 

SWANSEA – Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Fer, Sigurdsson, Ayew (Routledge 67′), Montero( Naughton 84′), Paloschi (Gomis 75′).

Unused Subs: Nordfeldt,, Amat, Ki, Barrow.

Manager: Francesco Guidolin

CHELSEA - Begovic; Azpilicueta, Miazga (Kenedy 46′), Ivanovic (c), Baba Rahman; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Loftus-Cheek (Falcao 76′), Oscar; Pato (Traore 64′)

Unused Subs: Courtois, Aina, Colkett, Palmer.

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

Scorers: Sigurdsson 25′

Yellow Cards- Swansea: Rangel 30′, Taylor 43′, Paloschi 71′, Williams 78′, Leroy Fer 79′. Chelsea: Azpilicueta 36′, Miazga 40′, Pedro 71′, Fabregas 78′

 

Referee: Andre Marriner

Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea, UK

 

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Chelsea are looking to continue winning as they face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (15:00 GMT KO). 

The Blues won for the first time in five games at the start of April with a comprehensive 0-4 win over strugglers Aston Villa, with Saturday’s game being the first since the appointment of Antonio Conte, who will take over at Stamford Bridge as of the summer.

Swansea however have had a turbulent season. Having seen Garry Monk depart in January, Francesco Guidolin has guided the Swans to 15th – 10 points off the relegation zone with six games remaining – although several fellow strugglers have a game in hand.

In the reverse fixture, in what was the first game of the current season for these two teams, Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea saw Thibaut Courtois sent off as the visitors held the Blues to a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Oscar put the home side ahead after 23 minutes, with Andre Ayew scoring on his debut for the Welsh side. A minute later, Federico Fernandez’s own goal put the home side back infront, before Gomis scored from the spot having been taken out by last-man Courtois just before the hour mark.

Last six games:

Swansea City: LWWLWD

Chelsea: WDLLDW (includes one FA Cup game and one Champions League game).

 

Team News:

– Andre Ayew looks set to return after a three-game absence due to a foot injury.

– Leon Britton and Jordi Amat, however, are both set to miss the clash with back injuries.

– Chelsea are without strikers Diego Costa, who is suspended, and Loic Remy, who has a groin injury.

– John Terry (Achilles), Eden Hazard (hip/groin), and Nemanja Matic (leg) will also miss out.

 

Statistics:

– Swansea have never beaten Chelsea in the Premier League in nine attempts (D3 L6).

– Guus Hiddink also remains unbeaten in his second spell as Chelsea boss.

– The Swans have lost just one of their last five Premier League matches (W3, D1).

– The Blues have won five of their last six away league games.

 

Starting XI last time out in the Premier League:

Swansea City (away vs. Stoke City, drew 1-1): Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Naughton, Cork, Britton, Sigurdsson, Fer, Gomis, Routledge.

Chelsea (away vs. Aston Villa, won 0-4): Courtois, Baba, Ivanovic, Miazga, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Fabregas, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Remy.

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