Champions Chelsea travel to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday in a bid to end their terrible season on a high. With Chelsea striving to finish in the top half of the league and Swansea virtually safe from Relegation, the game would not have great consequences on the league table. Nevertheless, both the teams will be hoping for a positive result.
Influential attacking midfielders Andrew Ayew is expected to make the starting line up after recovering from an ankle injury while Taylor and Paloschi remain in contention to play a part in the tie. However, Britton and Amat remain sidelined for the tie with their injuries.
Fabiansky, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Ki, Fer, Sigurdsson, Barrow, Paloschi
Chelsea, who are enjoying a good run of form with 14 points will be without the services of strikers Remy and Costa, who suffered a groin injury in training last week. Guus Hiddink will also be without key players Terry, Hazard and Matic, who are still recovering from their injuries.
Courtois, Baba, Ivanovic, Miazga, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Fabregas, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Traore
– Swansea have never beaten Chelsea in the Premier League, losing 6 games while drawing 3. Their last home game against Chelsea ended with the side being beaten 5-0 while registering no shot on the target.
– Chelsea will be looking to keep a 4th consecutive clean sheet at the Liberty Stadium.
– Influential midfielder Sigurdsson is the first Icelandic player to scored 10+ goals in the Premier League since Eider Gudjohnsen in 2004/05.
Gylfi Sigurdsson has been one of the key players of this side for some time now and his performance against Chelsea could decide the fate of the game. Deadly with set-pieces, creative in his ways and available defensively, the hard working midfielder will need to get hold of the game by the scruff of the neck to ensure that Swansea do not become another casualty to Chelsea’s imperious form over the last few weeks.
He has scored 10 goals and assisted his teammates twice and would be keen to add to that number. While Swansea have virtually escaped relegation, the side will be looking to plug all the possible leaks before it can harm the ship.
The performances of Willian this season despite Chelsea’s bad performances have found him a mention in the books of the critics and fans alike. His industriousness, pace and ability to find teammates in crucial areas on the pitch make him a constant threat to the opposition.
With 10 goals and 6 assists in all competitions, he is much more than just a work horse. The Swansea full-backs will have a fight on their hands when they line up against Willian. Should they turn too adventurous in their ways, Willian would punish them with his pace.
Chelsea have been on a roll over the last few weeks and we expect the trend to continue. Despite the injuries to a number of their key players, Chelsea still have a stronger line-up and will cruise to a victory.