Swansea vs. Chelsea: Premier League Preview, Team News, Projected Lineups

Jack Alexandros Rathborn@@jackrathbornContributor IIINovember 2, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Ramires (L) of Chelsea is congratulated by Cesar Azpilicueta and team mates after his goal during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Chelsea will look to bounce back from last weekend's defeat to Manchester United with a win at Swansea.

Michael Laudrup's men are buoyed by their victory over Liverpool this week in the Capital One Cup, as are the Blues, who exacted some revenge on the Red Devils by clinching a thriller at Stamford Bridge.

Swansea held the Blues to a 1-1 draw last season—even though the visitors were fortunate to avoid defeat—with Scott Sinclair scoring for the Swans before a Neil Taylor own goal rescued Chelsea in injury time.


Key Battles:

Wayne Routledge vs. Ryan Bertrand

Bertrand will deputise for the injured Ashley Cole, and Routledge will be tasked with challenging the England international—who could be a little rusty—with his willingness to take full-backs on one-on-one.

Both players are very quick and it should make for an entertaining battle, especially as Laudrup and Roberto Di Matteo will set their teams up to play an open game.


Ben Davies vs. Eden Hazard

Davies has deputised for the injured Neil Taylor superbly in recent weeks, but this represents his greatest challenge yet.

The Belgian is in sparkling form and his pace and trickery will pose a real handful for the Welsh full-back, who will need to be disciplined throughout.

If Davies can push Hazard back and prevent the former Lille star from beating him on the outside, Swansea will have a chance at nullifying the best attack in the league.


Swansea team news and probable team: (via Goal.com)

Likely team: Gerhard Tremmel; Angel Rangel, Ashley Williams, Chico Flores, Ben Davies; Jonathan De Guzman, Leon Britton, Ki Sung-Yeung; Wayne Routledge, Michu, Pablo Hernandez

Injured: Michel Vorm (groin), Kyle Bartley (thigh), Neil Taylor (ankle)


Chelsea team news and probable team:

Likely team: Petr Cech; Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Ryan Bertrand; Jon Obi Mikel, Ramires; Juan Mata, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Fernando Torres

Doubtful: Ashley Cole (ankle)

Injured: Frank Lampard (calf)

Suspended: David Luiz, John Terry