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Swansea have won four of their last six Premier League games and they want to get a good result also tomorrow at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.

“We have to go and be effective and try to put on a good performance,”Swans’ manager Paul Clement said. – “Nobody is expecting us to win. That takes the pressure off to a certain extent, but we have to put pressure on ourselves. We are in decent form and we want to continue to improve”.
That means putting in a good performance even if we do not end up getting the result we all want. We know we are going to have to be at our very best, but we are not daunted by the challenge”.
Swansea will be without Ki Sung-Yueng, Nathan Dyer and Jefferson Montero and they have never won at Stamford Bridge in their Premier League history.
Tomorrow’s game will be special for Paul Clement, who worked as Carlo Ancelotti‘s assistant coach between 2009 and 2011: “I have very fond memories of the club and it’s an honour to be going back to coach a team against Chelsea.” – said the Welsh side’s manager – “I still keep in touch with some people who work at the club and, although a lot of the players have changed, I know John Terry, David Luiz and Nemanja Matic”.


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Chelsea’s legend Frank Lampard will be at Stamford Bridge Saturday afternoon when The Blues will face Swansea.

The iconic midfielder not only will attend the game, but, at half-time he will be introduced to the fans and he will walk around the pitch.

Lampard played 648 matches for Chelsea and he won three Premier League titles, four Fa Cups, two League Cups and both Champions League and Europa League. The English player is also the club’s top scorer with 193 goals in 13 seasons.

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Team News



– 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


–  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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José Mourinho could face two days in the witness box at the tribunal brought by Chelsea’s former doctor Eva Carneiro, reports the Daily Mail.

The former first team doctor, 42, claims that Mourinho berated, sexually harassed and then demoted her and the club did ‘nothing to stop it’ before she left Chelsea after six years in December 2015. She is claiming constructive dismissal against Chelsea and has a separate, personal legal action against Mourinho for alleged victimisation and discrimination.

Private hearings in January and February took place without a resolution and it has now proceeded to the tribunal.

Mourinho’s is expected to give evidence over 2 days in the tribunal – while the whole tribunal could last up to 10 days.

The case could be settled at any time but all three parties must agree to a settlement for the tribunal, which would be accessible to the public and the media, to be averted.

The court case started this morning and Chelsea lawyers hit back at the doctor, claiming she has already turned down a £1.2million settlement fee, and had demanded a huge pay rise. The club also claimed that she was hungry for fame.


The tribunal hinges on whether Mourinho yelled what Carneiro claims: ‘Filha de puta [daughter of a whore]’ or whether he actually said ‘filho de puta [son of a b***h]’, when she ran on to the pitch to treat Chelsea star Eden Hazard – during Chelsea’s first home game of the season against Swansea in August last year.

After the game Mourinho  criticised her as ‘impulsive and naïve’ and she did not appear on the first team bench again before parting company with Chelsea.

Dr Carneiro’s lawyer,QC Mary O’Rourke, told the employment tribunal in Croydon today: ‘He uses the word ‘filha’ because he is abusing a woman’.

Dr Carneiro heard the term ‘clearly from behind her’ as she ran on to the pitch at Stamford Bridge.

But Mourinho has employed a ‘swearing expert’ from the University of Oxford to prove he said ‘son of a b***h’ , which he claims is the Portuguese equivalent of ‘f*** off’.

The current Manchester United Manager says he and other players, including Spaniard Cesc Fabregas, frequently used the phrase throughout the match. He denies it was sexist, or aimed it at Carneiro.

He said: ‘Filho da puta is a phrase I often use, all of the players know it. There is no sexist connotation in the use of the phrase – it is just like saying ‘f*** off’.

‘In the world of football, a lot of swear words are used.’

Referring to footage of earlier on in the August 8 match against Swansea, the former Chelsea manager highlighted that he had also been using the term then.

He added that player Cesc Fabregas had also used the Spanish equivalent of the term when a Chelsea player was fouled during the game.

In his statement, Mourinho said: ‘Cesc and I both speak English well, but in the heat of the game we both swear in our mother language. Eva was not on the pitch at that point in time.’

Carneiro allegedly asked for a 40 per cent pay rise to £400,000 to return to work, plus bonuses and compensation for ‘distress’ caused by the club and its ex-boss.

Their lawyers also say Carneiro allegedly ‘secretly briefed against Chelsea to the media’.

A skeleton argument submitted to the tribunal on behalf of Chelsea FC and Mourinho stated that Dr Carneiro had been ‘made an open offer of £1.2 million to settle her claims’.

It continued: ‘The respondents have taken these steps only because they believe that it is in no-one’s interests that this dispute should be determined through litigation.

‘They are conscious that, whatever the facts of the matter, it is likely to be widely and incorrectly assumed that they could have avoided this coming tribunal.’

It continued that contemporaneous documents showed that Dr Carneiro did not consider Mourinho’s actions to be discriminatory.

The skeleton argument said: ‘The purpose of the discrimination claim was to lift the statutory cap, in order to justify the claimant’s extravagant compensation claim.’

Chelsea also submitted there were ‘concerns about her willingness to develop her skills in respect of injury diagnosis and rehabilitation, particularly at the expense of being seen as part of the ‘first team’ and undertaking what she perceived as the more high-profile role of providing on-pitch treatment’.

They claim Dr Carneiro was ‘preoccupied with developing her profile’ and associating herself with the first team in a way discouraged by the club for backroom employees.

Chelsea also claim she was ‘preoccupied with developing her profile’ including nominating a Chelsea star for the Ice Bucket Challenge on YouTube and positioned herself behind Mourinho during TV matches.

In its skeleton argument, Chelsea claim: ‘Contrary to the suggestion that the claimant was uninterested in the media, she twice gave interviews, had discussions about presenting a TV programme, and engaged a digital media consultant (without informing Chelsea).

‘Most seriously of all, she secretly briefed against Chelsea to the media, in flagrant breach of the club’s communication policy and disciplinary procedure.’

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To counter Dr Caneiro’s legal argued: ‘This is a tale of two employees: one good (the claimant) and one bad (Mourinho).

‘The bad employee forces the good employee out of the job of her dreams and the employer does nothing to stop it.

‘The bad employee berates, sexually harasses and demotes the good employee for carrying out her professional duties, namely her health and safety duties as the first team doctor, pitch side.

‘Rather then investigating and disciplining the bad employee, the employer allows the bad employee to confirm the demotion, both publicly and privately and to continue with his job.

‘By comparison, the good employee’s demotion is confirmed and she is instructed to work and to ‘build bridges’ with the bad employee.’

The Gibraltar-born doctor wants a public apology from Mourinho as part of her demands – but she does not want to return to Chelsea.

She is expected to give evidence on Tuesday afternoon for around 2 and a half days.

Mourinho was cleared of using discriminatory language towards Carneiro following an investigation by the Football Association.

Afterwards, Carneiro and the Football Association’s independent board member, Dame Heather Rabbatts, criticised the governing body for not interviewing the doctor as part of its investigation.

Carneiro has also had backing from Fifa’s medical chairman, Michel D’Hooghe, who contacted the doctor to offer his support and that of the world governing body. He has backed Carneiro’s insistence that she was simply doing her job.


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Chelsea are the latest club to show interest in Swansea City striker Andre Ayew.

Ayew is the clubs top goalscorer this season with 12 goals and his future at the Welsh club is uncertain with the likes of West Ham and Sunderland interested.

Ayew has stated that he is happy at Swansea and wants to remain in England.

“I feel good at Swansea. I count on staying in England.”

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Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (15:00 GMT KO), we take a look at the odds on offer.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L) and Coral (C), correct as of 8th April. 


Full-time result:

Swansea City win: SB – 13/5, L – 11/4, C – 27/10

Draw: SB – 12/5, L –12/5, C – 9/4

Chelsea win: SB – 21/20, L – 11/10, C – 21/10


First goalscorer:

Bafetimbi Gomis: SB – 7/1, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

Jefferson Montero: SB – 14/1 L – 14/1, C – 14/1

Alberto Paloschi: SB – 15/2, L – 15/2, C – 15/2

Leroy Fer: SB – 12/1, L – 12/1, C – 12/1

Gylfi Sigurdsson: SB – 15/2, L – 15/2, C – 15/2

No goalscorer: SB – 17/2, L – 17/2, C – 13/2

Pedro: SB – 6/1, L – 6/1, C – 6/1

Oscar: SB – 13/2, L – 13/2, C – 7/1

Bertrand Traore: SB – 9/2, L – 9/2, C – 5/1

Alexandre Pato: SB – 5/1, L – 5/1, C – 5/1

Willian: SB – 7/1, L – 7/1, C – 7/1


Final Score:

Swansea City win:

1-0: SB – 17/2, L – 9/1, C – 17/2

2-0: SB – 16/1, L – 16/1, C – 18/1

2-1: SB – 12/1, L – 11/1, C – 11/1

3-0: SB – 50/1, L – 40/1, C – 45/1

3-1: SB – 33/1, L – 28/1, C – 33/1


0-0: SB – 8/1, L – 17/2, C – 15/2

1-1: SB – 5/1, L – 11/2, C – 11/2

2-2: SB – 14/1, L – 14/1, C – 14/1

3-3: SB – 80/1, L – 50/1, C – 66/1

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 275/1, C – 150/1

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 11/2, L – 6/1, C – 11/2

2-0: SB – 15/2, L – 17/2, C – 17/2

2-1: SB – 15/2, L – 15/2, C – 8/1

3-0: SB – 16/1, L – 16/1, C – 18/1

3-1: SB – 16/1, L – 16/1, C – 16/1

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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.



– 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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There are many rumours circulating about Loic Remy and his position at Chelsea. It’s understood that the striker is unhappy at the lack of game time he’s been given to prove himself and is looking for a possible move away from Stamford Bridge this transfer window.

There are many clubs interested in the Frenchman, the likes of Leicester, Crystal Palace, Swansea and his previous club Newcastle United are in the running to sign Remy but Hiddink has his own thoughts on the players future and seems reluctant to let him go so easily.

“I have seen little of him because he repeatedly fell into injury. I am curious. I hope Remy picks it up. I hope he will deliver if he is needed.”

The Chelsea boss has made himself very clear on the situation and won’t let the striker go, particularly with the injuries that the club are suffering at present.

Diego Costa picked up what is believed to be a knee injury during the London Derby at the weekend and until the extent of the injury is known I’m sure Hiddink will be hesitant to let any strikers go without the necessary cover in that department.

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Jon Obi Mikel will consider his future his Chelsea future following a run of just two starts for the club this season.

Mikel was the subject of much speculation throughout the summer but ultimately stayed at Stamford Bridge despite being behind both Ramires and Nemanja Matic in the central midfield pecking order. His only appearances this season have come against Swansea on the opening day of the season with his most recent coming in the 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool more recently.

John Shittu, Mikel’s agent, spoke about the Nigeria international to africanfootball.com.

“The player had offers to move at the beginning of the season, but Chelsea refused to sell because they probably have him in their plans.

“Now we have to wait and see what happens.”

Mikel, 28, joined Chelsea in 2006 from Lyn Oslo.


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