Chelsea vs Swansea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on April 27, 2013

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Chelsea get back to domestic action as they welcome League Cup winners Swansea City to Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues head into the game after Thursday night’s 2-1 away win over Basel in the first leg of their Europa League semi final. A late goal from David Luiz put the west Londoners in control as they welcome the Swiss outfit to the Bridge for the second leg next week.

But it’s back to league duties this weekend and Rafa Benitez men are desperate for points as they battle London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham for a top four finish. Chelsea currently find themselves in fourth place on goal difference after Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw by Wigan on Saturday so the Blues can move clear of their rivals with a win this weekend.

Chelsea dropped two valuable points last time out in the league, when a controversial Luis Suarez equaliser six minutes into injury time salvaged a point for Liverpool at Anfield.

Swansea on the other hand arrive in London with little left to play for and have been on a poor run since winning the League Cup in February. Michael Laudrup’s men haven’t won in their last five outings and were held by Southampton to a 0-0 draw last weekend.

However, the Welsh club will take heart from their last visit to Stamford Bridge when they ran out 2-0 victors on route to the final of the Capital One Cup, and Laudrup will be keen for a repeat performance this weekend.

Team News

Benitez is likely to reshuffle his pack once again as he continues to try and juggle Chelsea’s packed fixture list. Striker Demba Ba will get a recall after being ineligible to play in midweek with Fernando Torres dropping out.

Juan Mata may come in for Eden Hazard after being left on the bench against Basel while Cary Cahill could also start for the first time since recovering from a knee injury. John Terry and Frank Lampard are expected to be rested.

Swansea have no fresh injury worries to contend with for the game. Full-back Neil Taylor made a return to the bench after a long injury lay-off last week, but he’s unlikely to be risked from the start just yet.

Wayne Routledge and Ki Sung-Yueng are among the players hoping for recalls after missing out in recent weeks.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Chelsea looked impressive at Anfield last week and were unlucky not to take home all three points. The visitors have ran out of steam in recent weeks and I can’t see past a home win here. Chelsea 2-0 Swansea

What would be your preferred team for the game and what’s your predicted score? Get involved in the comments section below.

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20 Comments

  1. chukwukasolomon

    April 27, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    indeed chelsea have thier cake at thier hand esspencially now that spurs draw nd gunners have Man u to play,for pround sake red devil will alow gunners to win them i know they hate chelsea with passion but when they histroy will be created.blues 3 swassan1,Arsanal 0 man u 0

  2. larrybobo

    April 27, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Blues wil carry de day against swansea!

  3. Bryn

    April 27, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Cole and Hazard are fit, so why wouldn’t they play? Moses and Bertrand are decent players but Hazard and Cole are much better. Also I don’t think Cahill will start, more likely to be Ivanovic.
    For Swansea, Michu has played up front in all 3 of their games vs Chelsea this season so I expect Michu to play ST, De Guzman CAM and Ki alongside Britton.

  4. Jerrichardozx

    April 27, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Chelsea line-up for me cech—–azpilicueta—–ivanovic/cahill—–luis—–cole—–mikel—–ramires—–mata—–oscar/torres—–hazard—–ba——— and marin can later come in with moses and there sud no b room 4 benayoun tomorrow

  5. simonpeter

    April 27, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Pls hazard mata oscar n ba sud strt up front moses nd tores r gud in d europa league so they sud b rested 4 thusday

  6. simonpeter

    April 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Na chelsea b dis o make coach no fall our hand o

  7. jatto

    April 28, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Chelsea 2 swansea 1

  8. jatto

    April 28, 2013 at 3:09 am

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  9. Abdul

    April 28, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Chelse 3 vs Swansea 0

  10. Wizz square

    April 28, 2013 at 7:33 am

    We Need winning today with goals , we need CUL spot next season …the line up …should be ….Cech, luiz, ivanovic, cesar, Cole, hazard, Oscar, Mata, ramirez, mike, DEMba BA, …den substitution on D 55minit bring in lampard for Oscar, torres for BA, and john terry for ivanovic …we Need to win to day hooo! …up chelsea 4 life

  11. Zambia

    April 28, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Chelsea line up:cech,ivanovic,Cole,Cahill,Luiz,mikel,Ramires,hazard,oscar,mata,ba. Chelsea 3 Swansea 1

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  13. Kenneth Neffy

    April 28, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Our new players have shown a great improvement in the league. Yet the inability to manage them properly has limited us in all competitions. We have a team which is capable of holding the ball while the opponent search for it yet we load the ball in every game we play. Its terrible. If we can only play to space and incorporate our game with alot of pace, no team will be able to stop us.
    |Cech|
    |Cesar-Ivan-David-Cole|
    |Mikel-Ramires|
    |Oscar-Mata-Hazard|
    |Ba|

  14. Osacar

    April 28, 2013 at 10:17 am

    For me, ……
    ……………………….cech……
    ……Azpilcueta….luiz…cahill…….cole…..
    ……………Raminres……mikel…….
    …………………………..mata…………
    ……………….Moses…………hazard……………………………………………Ba…………………………
    Chelsea would win 3-0.

  15. mohammed

    April 28, 2013 at 11:06 am

    if chelsea can use dis, cech——- azplicuta, cahil, luiz, cole, ———- mikel, ramires,——-hazard, mata, oscar,——- BA,, chelsea will win 3: 0

  16. Aiku oluwasola

    April 28, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I so much believe in prayer, by God grace chelsea fc we win becos man u will open up for gunners 2 win datz y we must win 2 secure 3 point. Up chelsea

  17. Onos kelly frm oginibo

    April 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Let chelsea win

  18. SOLOMON

    April 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Chelsea 3 SWESEA 1

  19. Odorume jeffery

    April 28, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Chelseafc 3 swansea 1.

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