After a week of disappointment and delight for Chelsea, Di Matteo’s side travel to the Liberty Stadium to meet League Cup quarter finalists Swansea in a match that should produce good quality football.
After suffering a set back in their title race last weekend in a controversial game against Man United, Chelsea followed this up with a midweek win over the same opposition in the Capital One Cup. Having played 120 minutes of football midweek, compared to the 90 Swansea played, fatigue could possibly play a factor in a tasty affair.
Despite this, Chelsea will see the return of first team regulars Torres and Ivanovic following suspensions but have fresh doubts over the fitness of Juan Mata and David Luiz who are suffering from hamstring and ankle injuries. In addition to this, the game sees John Terry serve out his 4 match ban, a player that Chelsea seem to be missing at the moment.
Swansea will be without 1st choice goalkeeper Michel Vorm who last week suffered groin injury ruling him out for 8 weeks, which will most likely mean 2nd choice Gerhard Tremmel will be given the task of keeping out Torres and co. Other than that, Swansea boss Micahel Laudrup will have a fully fit squad to pick from, and following on from a resounding 3-1 midweek win over Liverpool, things seem to be clicking at Swansea.
To predict the game is a tough one, last season Swansea beat Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City all at home, but under a new manager it is hard to determine whether they can replicate that same form this season. Playing at the Liberty will mean Chelsea will be playing a lot of the game without the ball as everyone knows the kind of possession football Swansea wish to play. Despite this, I believe the attacking talents of Hazard, Oscar and Mata (if fit) are potent enough to break down any defence, and to win the game I believe that Chelsea will have to be patient without the ball and penetrating with it.
Swansea 1 – 3 Chelsea