Swansea v Chelsea Odds : Blues look to for vital three points at Liberty Stadium

Chelsea, fresh form their Champions league success over PSG, will look to keep the pressure on at the top of the Premier League when they face Swansea later today.

The Blues overcame a 3-1 first leg loss to the French Ligue 1 leaders, sealing their place in the semi-final of the competition with a 2-0 win.

The result was achieved minus their talisman, Eden Hazard who limped off early in the game with the scores tied at 0-0.



Swansea 4/1, draw 11/4, Chelsea 10/11
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Belgian is set for a short spell on the side-lines with a calf strain starting with the trip to Wales. His absence will mean the likes of WIllian, Ramires and if he start Mo Salah will need to step up while the return of Nemanja Matic, ineligible for the PSG clash, will add some strength and composure to the Chelsea midfield.

The Blues have lost both their last two away games and another defeat on Sunday would all but end their title hopes, conversely, should the Blues win and Liverpool, who face Manchester City, lose then Jose Mourinho’s men could return to the summit.

Swansea meanwhile are still fighting for survival. Gary Monk’s men have struggled to get a run of form going and it has been case a one step forward, two steps back each time they appear to start a run.

The most points picked up came in the draw with Arsenal and win over Norwich, results that were followed up with a 1-0 loss to Hull last time out.

The club will head into Sunday’s clash 15th in the table, six points ahead of third from bottom Fulham.

Home comforts have been the key to this fixture. Swansea have drawn both games at the Liberty since their arrival on the big stage while Chelsea have won all Premier league meetings at Stamford Bridge.

The Welsh outfit did manager a 2-0 success, their first since 1981, over the club last year on their way to the Capital One Cup and a similar result on Sunday would give the club a massive boost in their bid to beat the drop.

Trevor Keane

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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