Chelsea v Swansea free bets, odds, team news – Costa to fire Blues to win?

Early league leaders Chelsea and Swansea will put their 100% records on the line when they clash at Stamford Bridge later this afternoon.

Both side sit on nine points after winning their opening three games with Chelsea’s successes coming against Burnley, Leicester and Everton while Swansea have been equally impressive picking up maximum points against Manchester United, Burnley and WBA.

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While Chelsea were expected to be amongst the title challengers, the early season success of Swansea has surprised many.

Manager Garry Monk believes that his side’s good form can continue this weekend and they will trouble their most illustrious rivals.

“They are one of the powerhouses of the league,” Monk said. “They have quality players over the pitch. When you analyse them, there are a lot more strengths than weaknesses.

“They can hurt you in many areas via different players. They’ll be favourites for the title this season.

“But they’ll be a good test for us.

“There’s always a plan, every team in the world is beatable. We have to give our best performance in order to warrant winning any points.

“We have to go out there, be ourselves, be confident and hope it’s good enough to get the points.”

Swansea have kept back to back clean sheets but they will have a difficult time replicating that success against a Chelsea side that hit Everton for six last time out.

Monk will be without midfielder Leon Britton due to a knee injury while Marvin Emnes could return to the squad after a knee problem.

Chelsea will assess the hamstring injury suffered by Diego Costa on International Duty. The Spanish forward has impressed so far in his debut season in the Premier league but is struggling to be fit for Saturday with Loic Remy standing by to make his debut following his move from QPR.

Eden Hazard (Achilles) is also a doubt and will be assessed before the game.

Chelsea have not lost at home to Swansea since 1981 and with such a strong squad at their disposal they will be comfortable of extending that record.

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Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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