Preview: Chelsea v Swans
28th April 2013
The Swans will be looking to continue their good form against Chelsea when the two sides meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday (3pm).
Michael Laudrup's side face the Blues for the fourth time this season, and are yet to suffer defeat.
The two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium back in November as Pablo Hernandez secured a point for the Swans with a late equaliser.
Laudrup's men then produced a wonderful display to win 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final, with a goalless draw at the Liberty going a long way to securing the club's first major trophy.
Chelsea, meanwhile, still have their own piece of silverware to fight for, and have one foot in the Europa League final following Thursday's 2-1 win against FC Basel in Switzerland.
Rafa Benitez's side are also looking to secure a place in the top four, and hold a slender one-point lead over fifth-placed Spurs going into a crucial round of fixtures.
Chelsea are on a run of just one defeat in six league games, while the Swans have won just once since lifting the Capital One Cup.
Chelsea could welcome back Demba Ba after the striker was ineligible for Thursday's Europa League tie against Basel, while Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard could return to the starting line-up.
Meanwhile, Swans boss Michael Laudrup has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge. Neil Taylor is expected to be in the squad once more after the defender returned from an eight-month lay off last weekend.
What they said
Chelsea interim boss Rafa Benitez:"Against Basel we had some good chances. Always when you have a lot of chances you want to be more clinical.
"We have to win on Sunday because we want to be in the top four, top three. Swansea are a good team, but we are a good team and it doesn't matter which team we will play against."
Swans boss Michael Laudrup: "We've done well against them this season. We had an intense game against them in the league and the two semi-final games were very special.
"It was a great win against them at Stamford Bridge, but there have been many great results away from home this season and we hope that there is a couple more left in us.
"But every game has its own story and we are coming up against a side that has played a lot of matches this season."
Head to head
The Swans have lost just once in their last four games against Chelsea, a 4-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge back in September 2011.
Since then the Welsh side have drawn twice and recorded a 2-0 victory over the Blues in January's League Cup semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea's total of 66 goals after 33 games is their second best haul at this stage of the season after 84 in 2009-10.
The Blues have picked up three red cards in their last five games against the Welsh side
If Frank Lampard gets on the scoresheet he will have scored against 38 different teams in the Premier League, matching the record set by Andy Cole
When Michu has scored, Michael Laudrup's side have lost only two games this season in all competitions
The Swans are unbeaten in their last four games against Chelsea, winning one and drawing three
Ashley Williams has completed more interceptions (225) and blocks (42) than any other player in the Premier League
32Red odds: Chelsea 6/17 Swans 19/2 Draw 43/10