Chelsea vs. Swansea: Complete EPL Preview and Stats Breakdown

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Chelsea vs. Swansea: Complete EPL Preview and Stats Breakdown
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Chelsea host Swansea on Sunday in what should be an entertaining encounter.

The last time these two teams met in the Premier League, the game ended in a 1-1 draw—a late goal from Pablo Hernandez earning the point for the Welsh side.

Chelsea are locked in the battle for fourth place and cannot afford to drop points at this late stage.

Swansea are pretty well placed in the top half of the table and have little to play for, but with the talent within the squad, they will provide a stern test.

Here is a complete preview of the match with the latest team news and projected lineups.

 

Chelsea Team and Injury News

Chelsea currently sit in fourth place in the league. They are one point behind London rivals Arsenal and have played a game less.

The Blues have recorded three wins, one draw and one loss in their last five Premier League games.

The dropped points against Liverpool last weekend may come back to haunt them, but there's still time to get the fourth spot.

Rafa Benitez will have a virtually full squad to pick from heading into this encounter, and he will likely make some changes to keep his side fresh for the second leg of the Europa League semifinal.

Marko Marin is expected to be available for the game, while Oriol Romeu is still a long-term absentee (via FantasyFootballScout).

Chelsea Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Cesar Azpilicueta, John Terry, David Luiz, Ryan Bertrand; Ramires, John Obi-Mikel; Oscar, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard; Demba Ba

 

Swansea Team and Injury News

Swansea have had a great second season in the Premier League. They currently sit ninth in the league, and could overtake West Bromwich Albion if they win and the Baggies lose this weekend.

The Welsh side have dropped a lot of points in their last five Premier League games, with zero wins, two draws and three losses.

Despite their relatively comfortable position, City would certainly like to get a positive result in this game, as they still have to face Manchester United and Manchester City this season.

Michael Laudrup will welcome the fact that he has no injuries to deal with (via FantasyFootballScout).

Swansea City Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1): Michel Vorm; Angel Rangel, Chico Flores, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies; Ki Sung-Yueng, Leon Britton; Nathan Dyer, Jonathan de Guzman, Pablo Hernandez; Michu

 

Players to Watch

Chelsea: Demba Ba

Demba Ba has failed to fully fire since joining Chelsea. The Senegalese forward has followed the same pattern he did last season, with a great first half followed by less productivity in the second.

Last season, Papiss Cisse stole his thunder and this season he's had to deal with joining a new team midseason.

He's scored six goals in 18 appearances for the Blues so far.

Still, should Ba take his chances in an important game like this, he could make a late-season push to wrench the starting spot from Fernando Torres.

 

Swansea City: Michu

Spanish attacker Michu is still scoring goals for Swansea, and now has 21 in 39 games in all competitions for the side.

He will look to lead the line, as he did the last time these teams met, and trouble the Chelsea central defensive duo.

We've seen all season that it only takes one clear chance for Michu to score, and he could derail Chelsea's fourth-place hopes with one clinical finish—or two.

 

Stats Breakdown

  • Swansea leads the series between the two this season with one win and two draws
  • Swansea has been the better team in possession this season with 56.3 percent to Chelsea's 55.1 percent
  • Chelsea has a home record of 10 wins, four draws and two losses in the Premier League
  • Swansea's away record is four wins, five draws and seven losses
  • Chelsea has scored 35 of their 66 goals at home and Swansea have scored 15 of their 43 goals away
  • Chelsea average 16.1 shots per game with 5.5 on target, while Swansea average 13.2 shots per game with 4.2 on target

 

*Unless otherwise stated all statistics courtesy of ESPN  FC and WhoScored.

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