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April 28, 2013
• Stamford Bridge, London
Referee: M. Clattenburg
• Attendance: 41780
F. Lampard 45'+
Shots on Target
That is all from me Rhys Turrell, head over Goal.com's main site for all the reaction to today's Premier League games. Until next time, goodbye.
The home side could have added to their tally in the second, but they played it out in relative ease and without expending much energy, which will delight Rafa Benitez as he looks ahead to Thursday's meeting with Basle at the Bridge.
The introduction of Frank Lampard for the injured Ramires sparked the home side into life, and it was he who set up Oscar for the opening goal, before slamming home a penalty just a few minutes later.
And that is it. Chelsea have claimed a comfortable win here thanks to two quick first-half goals which all but ended this contest.
90' + 2'
Mata goes close with an in-swinging shot from the right corner of the six yard box, but his curling effort is narrowly wide of the far post.
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Neil Taylor has done well since coming on at left-back, and his cross towards the far post is met by Angel Rangel, who pokes an effort towards goal which is comfortably saved by Cech.
We'll have three minutes of added time at the Bridge.
Cech is forced into a save as Pablo cuts in from the right and places a shot straight at the Czech goalkeeper. A weak effort, really.
Swansea's season has been excellent really. A cup win and European qualification, but they have to be careful to maintain some fight about them. A loss today makes it six games without a win. They won't want to end the season on such as miserable run.
Five minutes to go, can Chelsea grab themselves a third? They deserve it on this second half showing.
Demba Ba gets another shot on goal after a huge punt forward from Petr Cech. The ball comes straight to Ashley Williams who mis-controls which sees Ba through on goal, but his first-time effort from the edge of the area is mis-hit and easily saved by Vorm.
There is hearty applause from the away end as Neil Taylor, who broke his leg earlier this season, returns to first team action. A good player, it is good to see such a swift recovery.
Lampard gets his chance for a second, but his chest control in the area on the run is poor, and Vorm comes out quickly to grab the loose ball. Nice run from the England man, but it was a difficult pass to control.
The atmosphere at the Bridge is very flat, perhaps the home faithful are saving their voices for more demanding fixtures to come. A meeting with Tottenham here in a few weeks could be crucial in deciding who reaches the top four.
The interplay between Mata, Oscar and Hazard really is a joy on the eye when the triumvirate are in full force. They link up well here, but Mata's touch is just a little sloppy and the move breaks down.
Petr Cech may well decide to get himself a chair to sit on in a minute; he has had almost nothing to do this half, and has been a spectator for most of this match.
Mata is inches away from adding a third. The Blues cut Swansea apart and the ball falls to Mata around the penalty spot, but his right footed effort is agonisingly wide of the far post. Demba Ba was sliding in trying to contact, but he too was just shy of reaching the ball.
Ashley Williams has to be sent off here, how his latest foul is not a second yellow I'll never know. Demba Ba, who has dominated him all game, turns the Welshman on the halfway line and is away until his shirt is tugged by Williams. Very lenient refereeing.
Yellow CardBen Davies
Chelsea are just beginning to coast a little bit here, with the game almost certainly in the bag for Rafa's side. They are keeping the ball well, and in Eden Hazard they have a player in fine, fine form at the moment.
De Guzman aimlessly hoofs the ball forward. Yes, you read that right. Not the Swansea way is it, and naturally, it came to nothing. They could do with just upping the tempo a bit here. The introduction of another striker might help too, but they're being opened up at the back quite easily, and I can't imagine Michael Laudrup will want to be on the end of a big defeat.
Liam Twomey reports: "Swansea are showing real fight in this second half, and this is becoming quite a lively game. Chelsea look hungry for more goals though, and Vorm has already been called upon to make one superb save to deny Ba."
Terry and Cahill come forward for a corner which Mata swings into the area, but Williams rises well to head clear.
Mata, who has been a little quiet today, floats a delicate ball over the top to Ba who is just inside the area, but the Senegalese is unable to bring his pass under control and play breaks down.
After such a sterling performance, Frank Lampard very nearly was the villain just now after a careless backpass was intercepted by De Guzman. Unfortunately for the Swansea man, he trod on the ball as he tried to control it and the chance went begging, and what a chance it was, he was pretty much through on goal.
Chelsea win the ball and counterattack well. Hazard picks it up on the left and plays itacross to Ba who drives a shot low towards the far post from the corner of the area, only to see Vorm get a strong glove on it to palm the ball away to safety.
Swansea are enjoying a good, fluent spell on the ball just now. The problem is they are too deep and not really hurting Chelsea.
Yellow CardCésar Azpilicueta
That was a nasty tackle from the Spain defender. And a booking was the very least he deserved there. Players have seen red for less than that.
Angel Rangel worries Cech at his near post with a shot from the corner of the area, but it is easily behind for a corner. He would have done well to score from there.
David Luiz shows he can be a midfield enforcer after a crunching tackle on young Ben Davies.
Demba Ba gets a shot off from the right corner of the penalty area after dispossessing Williams. His effort was easily stopped by Vorm, though.
The second half has started in much the same way as the first ended, with plenty of pacy play and potent attacking. We have the makings of a good 45 minutes here.
Lampard lets fly with a shot from range which canons into Ashley Williams. He's a big unit, and he needed all of his sizeable frame to block that effort.
Half-chance for the Swans here, as Michu gets in behind the Blues backline. He is forced wide and has to pass to Pablo who is in space on the edge of the area, but his effort on goal is well clear of Cech's crossbar.
A positive start from the Blues and Vorm has to come smartly off his line to grab a cross after some decent hold up play by Demba Ba.
Swansea get the second period underway. The biggest news at half time? Well, that comes from elsewhere in London, as Arsenal take an early lead against Manchester United. If they hold on it'll make a win for Chelsea here even more valuable.
Liam Twomey reports: "It's half-time at Stamford Bridge, with the home crowd welcoming Bobby Tambling onto the pitch with rapturous applause. He's still - just - Chelsea's all-time top scorer, but Frank Lampard's injury-time penalty has edged him ever closer to the record. That, combined with Oscar's opener two minutes before, looks to have taken this game away from Swansea, who were disciplined and impressive for 43 minutes."
The Blues' intensity increased throughout the half, and their lead is deserved. The game changed on the introduction of Frank Lampard. His direct running through the middle of the pitch has added a better dimension to Chelsea's attack and he deserves his assist and goal. Why not just offer him a contract?
The referee blows his whistle, and the two teams depart for the changing rooms. Chelsea have this game in the bag now, and Rafa Benitez will be delighted that his side can take their foot off the gas in the second and preserve energy.
45' + 2'
Yellow CardLeon Britton
45' + 2'
Penalty GoalFrank Lampard
GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Swansea. Lampard converts from the spot. The Blues legend bags his 15th goal of the season as he drills the penalty low to Vorm's right, but there was nothing the Dutchman could do about that. A fine spot kick.
Juan Mata swings in a corner but it is cleared easily by the Swans. Play continues, and Chelsea win a penalty as Mata dribbles into the area and is fouled by Britton just inside the box. It was naive play from Britton who tripped the Spaniard from behind. A certain penalty.
GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Swansea. Oscar opens the scoring! Some excellent work from John Terry and then Frank Lampard gifts the Brazilian with a wonderful chance that he duly converts. Lampard drove forward with the ball well through the centre, and he played a ball through to Oscar on the right corner of the area, and he drilled a shot past Vorm and into the far corner of the net. Good goal, and probably deserved.
Liam Twomey reports: "Stamford Bridge suddenly wakes from its slumber again as Lampard surges upfield and forces Vorm into an impressive save low to his right. From the resulting corner, Cahill meets Hazard's devilish delivery with a an unmarked header which flies inches over the bar. Chelsea are getting closer."
From the resulting corner Gary Cahill gets his head on the cross, but his effort is over the bar with the target gaping. You'd expect him to score from there.
Frank Lampard drives the ball forward through the centre of the pitch, and takes a shot from around 30 yards which is turned around the post by a sprawling Vorm. Good shot, and a good save.
Yellow CardAshley Williams
It is taken by Oscar and met by a diving header from Luiz, but his effort from around the penalty area is wide of Vorm's post.
Oscar goes down holding his face after being brushed off the ball by the towering Ashley Williams. He's booked, which looks like a very harsh decision. Chelsea now have a free kick on the corner of the area.
Liam Twomey reports: "Michael Laudrup will surely be very happy with what he's seen so far. Swansea haven't really threatened Petr Cech yet, but they are frustrating the creative talent in this Chelsea team repeatedly in the final third. When the home side have broken into the penalty area their touch has been frustratingly wayward."
Lampard takes a shot that troubled some low-flying aircraft in the local area. His left-footed effort from around 25 yards out is weak and never troubled Vorm.
Hazard and Ba exchange passes and try to form and attack, however, neither are really able to bring the ball under control, and Swansea clear quite easily. Chelsea are just lacking a little fluency to their play.
Swansea's standout player so far has been the giant Ki Seung-Yong in the heart of their midfield. Not only is the Korean a physical presence, he also possesses and excellent first touch and is good at moving the ball forward with ease.
That man Lampard is at it again as he rakes a ball out wide to Hazard, however, the Belgium attacker cannot control the cross, and the move breaks down.
Chelsea have stepped up the pace in the past couple of minutes, and perhaps that is due to the introduction of Lampard. He has played higher than Ramires did; adding more attacking purpose.
Chelsea win their first corner of the afternoon after some nice work from Ba, Mata and Hazard at pace pulls Swansea's defenders out of position.
A spot of pandemonium in the Swansea area here, as several Chelsea players take wild swings at the ball as they try to force home the ball. Alas, it comes to nothing.
Oscar, who has been a little quiet so far, finds himself dashing into the area on the right edge of the box, but he overruns the ball, and it goes behind for a goal kick. Sloppy play from the youngster there.
Pablo gets a shot on goal from the edge of the Chelsea area, but he slips as he shoots and his effort goes wide of Cech's far post.
A disappointingly early exit for the Brazil midfielder, but Lampard will be happy as he seeks to become Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer.
We're halfway through the opening period, and despite being 0-0, I have to say this has been a decent game. Both sides are very comfortable on the ball, and maintain possession well.
Swansea are looking decent on the counterattack at the moment, but as yet have lacked a bit of quality in their play in the final third. For Chelsea, it looks like Frank Lampard will be coming on for the injured Ramires.
De Guzman takes the corner, but it is well cleared by the Blues defenders. A subsequent cross comes into the box which is well flick-volleyed clear by Cole under pressure from Michu.
Swansea win the first corner of the game as Ashley Cole heads a Ben Davies cross over his own crossbar. Also, Ramires looks a little forlorn in the middle of the park; he's receiving some medical attention for what looks like a dead leg.
Demba Ba has been very lively so far, he looks quick and strong today, and you get the impression he looks refreshed after missing the game in midweek.
Liam Twomey reports: "Swansea are sitting back, soaking up pressure and challenging Chelsea to produce something special. The hosts are doing their best to oblige. First, the ball just ran away from Oscar as a slick interchange of passes with Hazard almost saw him weave his way through the visiting defence, before Ba unleashed a fierce low drive which Vorm could only beat away low to his left."
Vorm is forced into a smart save after a good shot from Demba Ba stung the Dutchman's paws with a shot from 25 yards after winning the ball well off Britton.
First real link up between Oscar and Hazard, as they share a one-two on the edge of the area, however, the Brazil midfielder can not control the pass from the Belgian and the move breaks down.
Swansea are not playing like a side with nothing to play for here, and that won't impress Benitez at all, who must be hoping for an easy afternoon ahead of the visit of Basle on Thursday night.
They will have a good chance here though, as they win a free kick just outside the area after Leon Britton fouls Demba Ba.
Luiz and Mata are standing over it. The Spanish player takes it and is goes flying into the wall. Pretty poor, really.
Really isn't much action to report here so far. Chelsea already look a bit jaded to me, although judging by their performances this season, they often start games slowly and build from there.
Quite a clear tactic being used by Swansea here. They are more than happy to allow Chelsea the ball in their own half, before pressing as a unit when they enter Swansea's. It's proving effective so far, with the Blues unable to create much.
Ashley Cole has also made a bold start down the left, you have to wonder if the recent break he has had due to a hamstring problem might see him stay a little fresher for the closing weeks of the season.
Chelsea have just started to impose themselves on the game a bit here, and with Gary Cahill preferred to Branislav Ivanovic, they have someone who is prepared to carry the ball out of defence with skill and pace.
Hazard has the first shot of the contest, but his effort from around 30 yards is comfortably gathered by Swans keeper Michel Vorm.
Having 'bigged up' David Luiz, I have to report he's had a bit of a ropey start to this game. His passing is a little wayward, and it looks like he needs to just calm down a bit here.
A quiet start here, with both sides enjoying periods of possession deep in their own halves.
David Luiz has lined up in midfield for the Blues here. He is very gifted player, and excellent on the ball, so it'll be interesting to see how influential he can be. As I type this, he aimlessly boots the ball into touch. Bizarre.
John Terry tries a long raking pass forward from the back, but frankly, it's not very good, and goes behind for a goal kick.
Chelsea get the game underway. Remember you can get in touch with me throughout the game via Twitter @rhysturrell.
The two teams are out on the pitch, and we're just a few minutes away from kick-off at the Bridge.
Liam Twomey at Stamford Bridge reports: "Juan Mata has just left the field after being presented with the Chelsea Supporters' Club's Player of the Year award on his 25th birthday. Three crucial points today, though, would surely be the most desired present of all..."
We're 10 minutes away from kick-off at Stamford Bridge.
So, time for some score predictions. I can't see past a routine home win here, with Swansea having nothing to play for, and Chelsea everything to play for. I'll opt for a 2-0 win to the Blues.
Michu, who tormented Chelsea at the Bridge in the Capital One Cup earlier this season leads the line for the Swans, with Routledge and Pablo tasked with playing on the flanks.
Swansea: Vorm; Rangel, Flores, Williams, Davies; Britton, Ki, de Guzman; Routledge, Michu, Hernandez. Subs: Tremmel, Monk, Tiendalli, Taylor, Dyer, Moore, Shechter.
Fernando Torres, fresh from countless misses in Switzerland on Thursday, is dropped from the starting line up, with Demba Ba taking his place. Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic also drop out, with Oscar and Gary Cahill making starts, whilst Juan Mata is recalled in place of Victor Moses.
Chelsea: Cech; Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill, Cole; Ramires, Luiz; Oscar, Mata, Hazard; Ba. Subs: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Bertrand, Lampard, Benayoun, Torres, Mikel
Without further ado, here are the two sides, starting with the hosts.
I'm Rhys Turrell and I'll be taking you through all the action at Stamford Bridge as the Blues look to enhance their Champions League qualification hopes, and Swansea try to ensure they stay in the top half of the Premier League.
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Chelsea vs Swansea.
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