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November 3, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
Liberty Stadium — Swansea
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 20527‎
 

Swansea - Chelsea Preview: Table-toppers aim to maintain unbeaten away record following Manchester United thrillers

The Blues are yet to lose away from home in the Premier League so far this season, while Michael Laudrup's Swans will be looking to build on their strong record at the Liberty

By Alfie Meekings

CL - Group E, NORDSJAELLAND-CHELSEA, Roberto Di Matteo
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Swansea

Tremmel
Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies
Britton, Ki
Routledge, De Guzman, Hernandez
Michu
Chelsea

Cech
Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Bertrand
Mikel, Ramires
Mata, Oscar, Hazard
Torres

Michael Laudrup has no fresh injury concerns, but Michel Vorm (groin) remains sidelined until December, leaving Gerhard Tremmel to fill the Dutchman's boots in goal. Kyle Bartley (thigh) is also out until December, while Neil Taylor (broken ankle) will not be back in action until next season.

Chelsea welcome back Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres after they served one-match bans during their side's midweek victory over Manchester United.

David Luiz will serve a one-match suspension for reaching five domestic yellow cards for the season, meaning Cesar Azpilicueta could continue at right-back, allowing Ivanovic to partner Cahill in central defence. Ashley Cole (ankle) is a doubt, while John Terry continues his four-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand by the FA.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Swansea have won just one of their last seven Premier League matches.

  • 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.
  • Juan Mata (pictured, right) has already scored seven goals this season - five off his tally for the whole of last season - and has recorded eight assists.

  • Chelsea had two players sent off in their last league fixture, and were also down to 10 men in both of their meetings against Swansea last season.



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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
33Ben DaviesDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
9MichuMidfielder
11Pablo HernándezMidfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
20Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
4Sung-Yong KiMidfielder
13David CornellGoalkeeper
5Alan TateDefender
21Dwight TiendalliDefender
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
26Kemy AgustienMidfielder
30Danny GrahamStriker
9Itay ShechterStriker
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
11OscarMidfielder
12John Obi MikelMidfielder
12Victor MosesMidfielder
17Eden HazardMidfielder
6Oriol RomeuMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
23Ryan BertrandDefender
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
7RamiresMidfielder
21Marko MarinMidfielder
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
-Lucas PiazonStriker
Players to Watch
Michu
Michu
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
17 2 2 0
Swansea started the season explosively, scoring eight goals in their first two games whilst keeping clean sheets in both. Michu was largely responsible for the ruthlessness shown in these performances, and the summer acquisition has netted six goals in just nine Premier League appearances since arriving from Rayo Vallecano. If Michael Laudrup’s team are to take anything from Saturday’s game, the 26-year-old will almost certainly be the key to unlocking an under-strength Chelsea defence.
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
26 4 4 1
Chelsea have benefited from having an array of potential goalscorers this season, taking the pressure off Torres somewhat. But after receiving a red card last time out and managing just four goals in nine Premier League appearances this campaign, the pressure is back on the Spaniard. A midweek goal from the 28-year-old’s understudy, Daniel Sturridge, will not have helped the former Liverpool man’s cause. However, you cannot keep a player of Torres’ quality down, and it is likely that he will go out there on Saturday hungrier than ever for a goal.
Prediction
Before Sunday’s controversial loss to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea looked like an unbeatable outfit. The midfield trio of Mata, Oscar and Hazard have terrorised defences all season, and with Swansea’s recent run of results, it is difficult to look past the Blues on this occasion.
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