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Swansea City vs. Chelsea: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Chelsea's Oscar, left, of Brazil, controls the ball as Swansea City's Jose Canas, right, tries to stop him during an English Premier League soccer match against Swansea City at the Stamford Bridge ground in London, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. Chelsea won the match 1-0.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Lefteris Pitarakis
Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2014

Swansea City play hosts to Chelsea this weekend in a fixture that is a must-win meeting for both teams.

Garry Monk's men sit just six points above the relegation zone and are in need of three points in order to help secure their Premier League status. Meanwhile, any hopes the Blues might have of winning this season's Premier League rely on them staying within reach of leaders Liverpool.

Ahead of the clash, we've compiled all the necessary viewing information to ensure you don't miss a minute of the action, along with some essential talking points surrounding this fixture.

 

Date: Sunday, April 13

Time: 4:07 p.m. BST/11:07 a.m. ET

Live Stream: Sky Go app (subscription required), NBC Sports Live Extra (subscription required)

TV Info: Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), NBC Sports Network (U.S.)

 

Top Storylines

Chelsea's Liberty Stadium Blues

Matt Dunham

In three post-Millennium visits to the Liberty Stadium, Chelsea have never managed to beat Swansea City, drawing on all three occasions, per Statto.com

This season's drop into the mix as relegation candidates has of course been somewhat attributable to Swansea's defensive standards dropping, but that doesn't change the fact Chelsea have found previous trips to the location difficult.

Having sealed a Champions League semi-final fixture opposite Atletico Madrid in midweek, Chelsea will be on a high, hoping to remain within touching distance of Liverpool, currently one place and two points ahead of them in the standings.

 

Wilfried Bony Leading the Charge

If there's one area in which Swansea City have been consistent this season, it's attacking in front of their home support, where summer acquisition Wilfried Bony has started to find his groove.

SWANSEA, WALES - MARCH 29:  Wilfried Bony of Swansea City  during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Norwich City at the Liberty Stadium on March 29, 2014 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Michael Steele/Getty Images

After hitting the back of the net just four times in the league before Christmas, the Ivory Coast international now has eight goals in his last 14 Premier League outings, per Transfermarkt, a far more respectable ratio by any standards.

That being said, as OptaJoe points out, Bony is yet to add that game-winning touch to his game, with most of his scoring in fixtures where they might not be as essential:

However, this weekend the striker will need to face up to what's likely to be a very physical challenge against John Terry and Gary Cahill, although he's got all the attributes needed to hold his own.

 

Key Battle

Ben Davies vs. Mohamed Salah

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  Mohamed Salah of Chelsea celebrates scoring their sixth goal uring the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on March 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Image
Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Mohamed Salah got off to a slow start since arriving at Stamford Bridge in January, but the Egyptian international is well and truly off the mark now.

In his last three Premier League outings, Salah has scored two goals and grabbed two assists, and it was his first league start last weekend that produced the vast majority of those numbers.

SWANSEA, WALES - FEBRUARY 20:  Ben Davies (L) of Swansea City is held back by Dries Mertens (R) of SSC Napoli during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 First Leg match between Swansea City and SSC Napoli at the Liberty Stadium on February 20, 2014 in Swan
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Swansea City left-back Ben Davies, along with others in the squad, isn't having the same stellar season he did last year, and the young Welshman will have a difficult task in taming Salah if the Chelsea man starts.

Even if Mourinho does welcome the likes of Willian or Andre Schurrle back onto the right wing, Davies' chances don't exactly improve, and he'll need to help Monk's men in cutting off the supply from the flanks, Chelsea's danger areas.

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