Chelsea v Swansea : Confirmed Lineups

https://twitter.com/SwansOfficial/statuses/416209512664551424

Substitutes v Swansea: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Lampard, Schurrle, Willian, Torres. #CFC

#SWANS Subs: Zabret, Chico, Taylor, de Guzman, Hernandez, Lamah, Bony.

CORRECTION: Taylor starts at left back, with Davies on the bench. #SWANS

Premier League Preview: Chelsea v Swansea | Thurs 26th December 15:00

Whatever isn’t quite clicking for Swansea this season, don’t expect them to find at Chelsea, who incredibly remain undefeated at home under Jose Mourinho.

Azpilicueta’s form has been enough to keep Ashley Cole out of the side with Mourinho praising the Spaniards consistency

And even though the Blues have yet to set the world alight in terms of their displays this term, it is a testament to the ruthless efficiency with which they perform that they have won seven and drawn one of their eight Stamford Bridge matches. Clean sheets have not materialised as frequently as Mourinho would like however, with Chelsea’s maintenance of two on their own patch, and four in total a far cry from the immensely high standard they typically set. Perhaps they can hold firm here though, against opposition that have failed to score in two of their last three away games across all competitions. The Swans haven’t registered anything better than a single-goal haul within their past four games in succession, and have yet to notch away to a top-half side this term, losing on each of their three visits to top-10 stadiums.

TEAM NEWS

Chelsea

  • Marco van Ginkel injured
  • Ashley Cole could again be overlooked
  • Ryan Bertrand to be assessed before the match
  • Michael Essien returns from suspension

Swansea

  • Michel Vorm, Garry Monk and Nathan Dyer injured
  • Alvaro Vasquez and Michu to be assessed before the match
  • Angel Rangel returns from suspension

FORM GUIDE

Chelsea

Arsenal 1 – 2 Chelsea
Sunderland
2 – 1 Chelsea
Chelsea
2 – 1 Crystal Palace
Chelsea 1 – 0 Steaua
Stoke 3 – 2 Chelsea

Swansea

Swansea
1 – 2 Everton
Norwich 1 – 1 Swansea
St Gallen
1 – 0 Swansea
Swansea
1 – 1 Hull
Swansea
3 – 0 Newcastle

HEAD to HEAD

Chelsea
2 – 0 Swansea
Swansea 0 – 0 Chelsea
Chelsea
0 – 2 Swansea
Swansea 1 – 1 Chelsea
Swansea
1 – 1 Chelsea

STATISTICS

  • Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in each of their past two encounters with Swansea
  • The Blues have notched exactly twice in seven of their 17 league matches this campaign
  • The Jacks have yet to bag on the road to a top-half side this season
  • Only one team has registered in each of the last three meetings between this pair

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