On paper, it seems like Chelsea has a significant advantage over Swansea City, but apparently nobody told that to Ki Sung-Yueng. The Swansea midfielder has said he's "not afraid" of Chelsea and thinks they can take down Robert Di Matteo's squad.
Chelsea currently sits atop the Premier League table with 22 points. Swansea has half as many points as Chelsea, 11, are is stuck in 11th place.
Where: Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales
When: Saturday, November 3rd, 11 a.m. EST
TV/Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go
Chelsea comes into this game knowing it is a must-win. While Swansea is a solid squad, they are an opponent that Chelsea has to beat, especially at this stage in the season, with Manchester United and Manchester City each trailing by a mere point.
If Chelsea relinquishes their first-place position, it may be difficult to get it back, especially if they move down to third.
They will count on Juan Mata and Fernando Torres, both of whom have scored four goals in the Premier League this season, to continue leading them on offense.
But this match will come down to the two goalkeepers. Petr Cech has been outstanding for Chelsea, conceding just nine goals and saving 31 shots in his nine starts.
His opponent in net would normally be Michel Vorm, but Vorm went down with a groin injury and will be replaced by Gerhard Tremmel, who is ready for his chance.
Last Saturday, in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Man City, Tremmel came in with about 30 minutes remaining, and he is prepared to lead Swansea over the next eight weeks.
Vorm had been spectacular, but was hurt diving to save Carlos Tevez's game-winning shot in the 61st minute.
Before seeing Chelsea on Saturday, the Swans have a Capital One Cup match against Liverpool at Anfield, so Tremmel will get a little bit of preparation.
Swansea looked stingy against Manchester City last Saturday, and will hope to build on that momentum against Liverpool, so they should come out in great form against Chelsea.
Swansea also enjoys home-field advantage against Chelsea, but I don't think that'll be enough to hold off the European champions.
Prediction: Chelsea 3 Swansea City 1
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