Chelsea head to Swansea hoping to extend the gap over Manchester City to five points before their title rivals face off against Arsenal on Sunday.
But it certainly won’t be easy for the Blues. Despite being unbeaten against the Swans in the Premier League, trips to the Liberty Stadium have been far from enjoyable. A couple of 0-0 draws and of course, the time the fat kid got Eden Hazard sent off.
The 4-2 victory in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and Swansea’s loss of star striker Wilfried Bony will provide great confidence for Jose Mourinho. There is, however, the potential issue of Bony’s replacement, Bafetimbi Gomis, with whom Gary Cahill really struggled to cope at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s recent away form will be somewhat of a concern heading into the match. With just five points from a possible fifteen, the Blues have struggled away from home in recent weeks.
Thibaut Courtois has recovered from a finger injury, but Petr Cech’s fine display against Newcastle could earn him the No.1 jersey over the Belgian.
Cesar Azpilicueta is out after pulling up with a hamstring injury against Newcastle, so Filipe Luis is set to fill in once again.
Gomis will start up front for Swansea after Bony’s £28m move to Manchester City. Gary Monk will be without Jonjo Shelvey (banned) and Ki Sung-Yeung (international duty). Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jefferson Montero hope to regain their places after injury.
Chelsea are unbeaten against Swansea in seven Premier League fixtures (W 5, D2)
Swansea have scored in each of their last 11 Premier League matches, their best-ever run in the top flight.
Chelsea have conceded eight goals in their last four away games, half of their total for the entire season.
Five of Swansea’s six home wins have come in games where they have kept a clean sheet.