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Premier League

  • January 31, 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 20526

Premier League Preview: Swansea - Chelsea

Blues will need the Spaniard on song to score at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday where the Swans have one of the best defensive records in the Premier League


Williams, Caulker, Taylor, Rangel
Allen, Britton, Sigurdsson
Dyer, Graham, Sinclair

Ivanovic, Terry, Luiz, Cole
Romeu, Essien, Meireles
Sturridge, Torres, Mata
Ferrie Bodde (knee) is the only expected absentee for Brendan Rodgers, with the 39-year-old set to ring the changes following Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Bolton.

Expect Nathan Dyer, Danny Graham and Scott Sinclair to return to the starting XI, while Joe Allen and Leon Britton should return to the side in place of Josh McEachran and Kemy Agustien.

Andre Villas-Boas will be without Ramires, who injured his right knee in Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup victory over QPR. Frank Lampard is a doubt for the match due to a calf strain, while Jon Obi Mikel is out with a hamstring and Didier Drogba also misses the tie due to African Cup of Nations duty.

Fernando Torres will likely continue in attack alongside Juan Mata and Daniel Sturridge for the visitors, and Michael Essien may be in line for a start as he looks to fully complete his injury comeback.

  • Chelsea have only lost once in the 10 ten Premier League matches, but only won twice in the last seven.
  • Fernando Torres (right) hasn't found the back of the net for 16 matches in all competitions.
  • The London club has scored 16 goals on their travels this season, less than any other top five side.
  • The Blues defeated Swansea 4-1 at Stamford Bridge earlier this season with Torres, Lampard, Terry and Drogba all on target.
  • Swansea have lost just once at the Liberty Stadium this term, collecting more points at home than any side outside the top six.
  • Rodgers' men have conceded just six times on friendly turf this season, equalling Manchester City for best in the league.
  • Swansea loaned midfielder Josh McEachran from the Blues in mid-January.

  • Chelsea's John Terry will answer allegations of racism against QPR's Anton Ferdinand the day after the Swansea match.
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Available Squads
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
3Neil TaylorDefender
45Steven CaulkerDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
-Gylfi SigurdssonMidfielder
9Danny GrahamStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
26Kemy AgustienMidfielder
29Ashley RichardsMidfielder
18Leroy LitaStriker
8Luke MooreStriker
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
23David LuizDefender
3José BosingwaDefender
-Oriol RomeuMidfielder
15Florent MaloudaMidfielder
-Raúl MeirelesMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
8Juan MataStriker
15Daniel SturridgeStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
-Ryan BertrandDefender
-Michael EssienMidfielder
17Romelu LukakuStriker
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Players to Watch
Nathan Dyer
Nathan Dyer
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 12
Games Goals YC RC
5 3 1 0

The wideman’s great form has been turning heads this season, enough that some have tossed his name around for the England national team. Dyer fancies the opportunity, saying "it’s always been a big ambition of mine and it’s nice for people to talk about it." Another standout performance against one of the country's marquee clubs would surely boost his ambitions.

Michael Essien
Michael Essien
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The Ghanaian may earn his first start this season after returning earlier this month from a knee injury suffered in pre-season. He has made substitute appearances in each of Chelsea's last three matches. With Lampard expected to miss the game with a continuing calf niggle, the 29-year-old might be the 'new signing' his side need to find consistency this season.


The Swans home form is among the best in the league, and with both Dyer and Scott Sinclair up top and wide their efficacy is not solely based on their organised defence. Chelsea have scored only one goal in five of their last six matches as Torres continues his ignominious goal drought. Swansea's confidence in Wales compounded by the visitor's lack of scoring form suggests Andre Villas-Boas’ men may leave the Liberty Stadium with just a point.

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