MATCH PREVIEW: Swans v Chelsea
9th April 2016
Swansea City are aiming for a third straight home win when they face Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (3pm).
The Swans have boosted their chances of Premier League survival in recent weeks with a fine run of form that has seen them lose just once in their last five matches.
Victories over Arsenal, Norwich and Aston Villa - coupled with last weekend's point against Stoke - has seen Francesco Guidolin's men rise to 15th in the table and 10 points clear of the bottom three.
However, they face a stern test against Chelsea on Saturday with the in-form Blues yet to taste defeat in the league under the guidance of interim boss Guus Hiddink.
The Dutchman took over following the departure of Jose Mourinho back in December, with the reigning Premier League champions sitting mid-table in what has been a difficult campaign for the west London club.
WHAT THEY SAID
Swans head coach Francesco Guidolin: "Chelsea are playing well at the moment and it is a massive game for us, but it will be difficult.
"But I hope we can finish the season well - for myself, the players, the staff and also the supporters. We have six finals coming up, starting with the game against Chelsea, and we are confident."
Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink: "We have a few injured players so we will bring in some youngsters. John Terry is still not available, he has a little problem with his Achilles like last week.
"He's been on the training pitch, doing his exercises, but he's not fully recovered. Costa is out (suspended), Hazard is out, Matic will be out and Remy is out. Nevertheless we will bring in some youngsters as we did last week."
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Chelsea 2-2 Swansea (August 2015)
Swansea 0-5 Chelsea (January 2015)
Chelsea 4-2 Swansea (September 2014)
Swansea 0-1 Chelsea (April 2014)
Chelsea 1-0 Swansea (December 2013)
- The Blues have never failed to score in a Premier League match against Swansea, scoring at least four goals in three of their six wins over the Welsh side
- The Swans' last five home league games have produced a total of just six goals, with no side scoring more than once in any of those fixtures
- Chelsea have not lost any of their last 15 Premier League matches (W7, D8). It is the longest unbeaten run of any team in the Premier League this season
- Guus Hiddink remains unbeaten in the Premier League since he returned as Chelsea boss (W6, D8), while the Blues have won five of their last six away league games
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