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Premier League

  • 24 September 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Stamford Bridge, London
  • Referee: D. Mohareb
  • • Attendance: 41800

Chelsea - Swansea City Preview: Andre Villas-Boas' men looking to prolong undefeated Stamford Bridge streak to 10 games

The Blues are hoping to bounce back from defeat to Manchester United, their one and only loss of the season, in the first ever top-flight clash between the two clubs



Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole
Ramires, Meireles, Lampard
Mata, Anelka, Torres


Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor
Dyer, Gower, Allen, Sinclair

Daniel Sturridge is a doubt for the game against Swansea City after picking up a knee injury during the midweek League Cup clash against Fulham, meaning Nicolas Anelka could be given the nod considering that Didier Drogba returned to the bench only in the previous game after recovering from a concussion.

Alex is suspended for this clash, while David Luiz and Florent Malouda may not feature due to having played 120 minutes in midweek.

Brendan Rodgers is without Kemy Agustien (hamstring), Craig Beattie (ankle), Ferrie Bodde (knee) and Alan Tate (broken leg) for the clash at Stamford Bridge.

Danny Graham is believed to have failed a fitness test for the previous game against West Bromwich Albion, and remains a doubt for this game. Neil Taylor was stretchered off during that match and may not be involved at Stamford Bridge.


  • Chelsea and Swansea City have never locked horns in a top-flight game. Their last meeting was a second division game back in 1983, when the London-based club ran riot with a 6-1 victory at home.
  • The Blues have conceded six goals so far in the Premier League. Only Liverpool (seven), of the teams in the top half of the table, have shipped in more.
  • The hosts have also experienced some defensive troubles, as they have kept only one clean sheet in their last nine league games.
  • However, they also remain undefeated in their last nine league games at home.
  • The Swans have beaten their opponents only once before in a league game away from home, and that was in 1925 when Thompson, Fowler and Hole ensured that Harry Wilding's goal made no significant difference to the outcome of the game.
  • Brendan Rodgers' men have scored only three goals in five league games, and all of them came last week against West Bromwich Albion.
  • Former Chelsea man Scott Sinclair (pictured above right) was the man who scored Swansea's first goal in the Premier League.

Players to watch

Fernando Torres

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Spaniard put in a relatively good performance and even scored a goal against Manchester United. But all his good work was overshadowed by his horrendous open-goal miss after rounding David de Gea, and he now has to once again prove that he is lethal in the final third.

M. Vorm

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 0

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The goalkeeper is likely to be tested throughout this game, as the Blues have a potent attacking threat capable of dismantling their defence without breaking a sweat. So the shot-stopper will have to be on his toes for this one if his side are to have any hope of getting something out of the game.

Editor's Prediction

Chelsea are simply too strong for the newcomers and should be able to register a victory without any significant trouble.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head


Swansea City


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Chelsea FC CHE
Chelsea FC Chelsea
Swansea City AFC SWA
Swansea City AFC Swansea City

Top 3 Predictions

Chelsea FC CHE
3 - 0
Swansea City AFC SWA
Chelsea FC CHE
4 - 0
Swansea City AFC SWA
Chelsea FC CHE
2 - 0
Swansea City AFC SWA