PREVIEW: Swans v Chelsea
11th September 2016
The Swans are aiming for a return to winning ways this weekend when they host Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon.
Francesco Guidolin's side began the season with a well-earned victory at newly promoted Burnley but have since suffered defeats to Hull City and champions Leicester prior to the international break.
Last time at the Liberty, the Swans secured their first Premier League victory over Chelsea - a 1-0 win, thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson's left-footed strike.
Guidolin is hoping to be able to call upon record signing Borja Baston from the bench this afternoon as the Spanish striker continues his return to full fitness, while fellow new boy Alfie Mawson is in contention to make his first appearance for the club since signing from Barnsley in August.
Despite it being only five months ago since Swansea last met Chelsea in SA1, the Swans are set to face a very different Blues side this time round.
Guidolin will face a familiar rival in fellow Italian Antonio Conte - the duo have crossed paths on a number of occasions in Serie A - but Chelsea have made several new additions on the pitch, including deadline day signings David Luiz and Marcos Alonso, who could both start today.
WHAT THEY SAID:
Swans Head Coach Francesco Guidolin: "In the last two weeks we have worked hard to prepare for the game against Chelsea. We have not had a lot of players (because of the international break), but I think we have worked well.
"But it's time to do well on the pitch, because I was disappointed with the last game at Leicester."
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: "After the international break it's always very tough to restart because many players don't arrive back until the end of the week, but we must quickly find our concentration and be focused because we know we play a tough game against Swansea and we want to prepare in the best way."
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Swansea 1-0 Chelsea (April 2016)
Chelsea 2-2 Swansea (August 2015)
Swansea 0-5 Chelsea (January 2015)
Chelsea 4-2 Swansea (September 2014)
Swansea 0-1 Chelsea (April 2014)
2 - Chelsea have scored at least two goals in their last three Premier League matches.
7 - Chelsea's away record was one of the redeeming factors of their disappointing season last year - they managed seven of their 12 wins away from Stamford Bridge.
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