Chelsea team news: Giroud leads the line again against Swansea

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Antonio Conte's Blues will be looking to keep their top-four dreams alive when they take on the relegation-threatened Swans at the Liberty Stadium

Olivier Giroud has once again been given the nod over Alvaro Morata as Chelsea look to keep their top-four hopes alive against relegation-threatened Swansea.

The Frenchman has been favoured of late after hitting a productive run of form.

He has netted three times in as many appearances over recent weeks – including a memorable solo effort in a 2-0 FA Cup semi-final win over Southampton last time out.

Elsewhere, Antonio Conte brings Tiemoue Bakayoko back into his starting XI amid what has been a testing debut campaign for the former Monaco midfielder in the Premier League.

Gary Cahill retains his place at the heart of the defence, and the captain’s armband.

Emerson Palmeiri, meanwhile, continues to provide cover at left wing-back for the suspended Marcos Alonso.

Chelsea team: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger, Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Emerson, Hazard, Giroud.

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Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata.

Swansea team: Fabianksi; Roberts, Naughton, Van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Ki, King, Clucas, A. Ayew, J. Ayew.

Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Britton, Carroll, Routledge, Dyer, Sanches.

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