Kick Off: Saturday, 25 February, 2017. 15:00 GMT
Venue: Stamford Bridge
It’s a crucial game for Chelsea (every game is a crucial game for Chelsea), as the title race nears its end. It’s a game between 1st on the table and 15th, and this game is very significant for Chelsea because, it’s an opportunity to increase the gap between Chelsea and Manchester City to eight points, as Pep Guardiola’s side wouldn’t be playing this weekend.
In the reverse fixture, Swansea held Chelsea to a 2-2 draw, a game which left a sour taste in the mouths of many Chelsea fans.
Chelsea’s form in the league has been well-documented, with the Blues having only lost once since the loss to Arsenal in September. In the last five games for Chelsea in the Premier League, the Blues have won three and draw two. For Swansea, it has been three wins and two losses in the last five games.
Chelsea need to reassert their dominance over Swansea, as the Blues haven’t won the Swans in the last three meetings. In fact, Swansea have won one and two ended in draws.
Swansea have only won one of 11 previous Premier League games against Chelsea (D4, L6).
Last season’s loss to Swansea at the Liberty Stadium is the only time Chelsea have lost to Swansea in the Premier League. In the last six league meetings between Chelsea and Swansea, the Blues have won three of those games and lost only one, two ended in draws.
Costa has been the dangerman in this fixture, as he has scored 7 goals against Swansea in the Premier League – one hatrick and two braces.
The Blues have been dominant at home this season, as Conte’s men have won 14 of their 15 home matches in all competitions.
Swansea have improved tremendously under the guidance of their new coach Paul Clement and Chelsea legend Claude Makelele. Paul Clement used to in charge of the Chelsea youth team for many years before being promoted to being a first team coach, and he assisted Carlo Ancelotti to win the league and League Cup double. While Makelele as we all know is a Chelsea legend. So there’s a lot of Chelsea connection in the Swansea team, and the former Chelsea staff and player have made Swansea a stronger side, who have won three games in their last five. So this match wouldn’t be an easy one.
My prediction: It’s not going to be an easy game, and Chelsea’s bad run in the last three games have shown we shouldn’t take Swansea for granted. Antonio Conte has already told the fans not to expect an easy game, although I still believe Chelsea will carry day, albeit with a slim margin. Chelsea 2 vs 1 Swansea