Premier League: Swansea v Chelsea match preview
look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Liberty Stadium
Friday 02 November 2012
Chelsea travel to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday to face Swansea intent on recovering from their first Premier League defeat of the season.
The Blues' lead at the top of the table was pegged back to just a point by Manchester United after their 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge last week. Roberto Di Matteo's side did earn some vengeance in a pulsating 5-4 extra-time win over Sir Alex Ferguson's side in the League Cup on Wednesday but will be looking to reinstate their dominance at the top of the league against Swansea on Saturday.
Michael Laudrup's side's stoic defence were worthy of a draw at Manchester City last week but the champions' goal eventually came through Carlos Tevez in the 61st minute, sending Swansea back to Wales with no points.
A sweet 3-1 victory over Liverpool under old manager Brendan Rodgers in the League Cup on Wednesday would have lifted Swansea's spirits and served as a reminder of the flashes of brilliance this side is capable of.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Swansea 1 (Sinclair) Chelsea 1 (Taylor OG), Premier League, January 2012
Chelsea 4 (Torres, Ramires 2, Drogba) Swansea 1 (Williams), Premier League, September 2011
Chelsea 6 (Nevin, Bumstead, Dixon, Canoville 3) Swansea 1(Walsh), Second Division, December 1983
Michael Laudrup's side are the only current top-flight side never to have scored a Premier League goal in November.
The hosts have only lost one of their last eight league games at the Liberty Stadium, winning four.
Chelsea have not lost a Premier League match away from home this season, and have only suffered defeat at Stamford Bridge once - against Manchester United on Sunday.
Swansea to win: 4.30
Chelsea to win: 1.75
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.20pm
Latest in Sport
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao begin and what channel is it on?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao live: Mayweather puts on defensive masterclass to win by unanimous decision
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao begin on Sky Sports Box Office?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does the fight start and what channel is it on?
Floyd Mayweather's mouthguard costs $25,000 - enough to fly to Las Vegas and back 18 times
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 3 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 4 Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
Indonesia executions live: 'Hysterical' families heard prisoners being shot dead by firing squad
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds