Competition: Premier League – Swansea City vs. Chelsea
Venue: Liberty Stadium – Sunday, September 11 – 16:00 BST (09:00 ET)
Match Odds: Swansea City 4/1 – Draw 29/10 – Chelsea 4/6
The Swans have lost their last two and will be low on confidence coming into this tie. They started the season with a win but fell to a 2-1 defeat against Leicester in their last outing.
Francesco Guidolin will be looking for his side to frustrate Chelsea in this one. This is going to be a tough tie for Swansea and they will have to pick their moments right against a Chelsea side who have started the season well.
The last meeting between these two at the Liberty ended with a 1-0 win for Swansea, they will hope for a similar performance but this is a different Chelsea side to that of last season.
Chelsea have picked up maximum points from their opening three games and will be feeling confident of making it four wins from four here.
Antonio Conte will be pleased with how his side have adapted to his tactics and it is clear to see his passion is rubbing off on the side.
Chelsea’s key players have stepped back up to the levels they were showing before their nightmare season last time around and they will be looking to continue to send out a message to the rest of the league this weekend.
So long as Chelsea remain focused and perform how they have in their previous three games a win should be within their grasp here, but they cannot take anything for granted and know they will be in for a tricky afternoon.
Borja Baston is the only player Swansea are expecting to be without in this tie.
Kurt Zouma remains Chelsea’s only player out through injury ahead of this one. Conte now has the option of whether or not to start new signings David Luiz and Marcos Alonso, to see both start would be a surprise considering they have had limited training sessions alongside the full squad.
Swansea City’s form: W/L/L
Chelsea’s form: W/W/W
Key Stat: Chelsea have scored at least two goals in each of their three games in the Premier League so far this season, compared to Swansea’s two goals overall.
Key Player: Eden Hazard – The Chelsea star is looking like he is hitting the form he is known for, when he’s in the mood he’s near impossible to stop
Swansea City 0-2 Chelsea – Chelsea to continue their run of form and consistency of scoring at least two goals. This could be a long afternoon for Swansea if Chelsea perform like their fans know they can.