Chelsea will travel to Wales to face Swansea as they look to win another game in the Premier League. The Stamford Bridge outfit are joint toppers of the league along with Manchester United and Manchester City. But as the Manchester derby takes places on this Saturday, the Blues have a chance to lead the table alone if things go well for them on Sunday.
Date, Kickoff Time, and Venue
The match is scheduled for Sunday, September 11, 2016, at the Liberty Stadium, Wales. The kick-off takes place at 4 p.m. U.K., 11 a.m. EST, 8 a.m. Pacific time, 6 p.m. Kenyan time, 7 p.m. UAE time, or 8:30 p.m. Indian time.
In the U.K., the game will be live on Sky Sports 1. In the U.S., the game can be watched on NBCSN / Telemundo / NBC Sports App and Sling Blue (free trial). In India and sub-continent, the game will be live on Star Sports HD 2 Asia and Star Sports 2 Asia.
Chelsea Team News
Chelsea has made a delightful start to the new season by winning every game. On top of that, Chelsea has signed former fan favorite David Luiz to bolster their defense. The big-haired defender’s consummate ball-playing ability surely excites manager Antonio Conte. The Italian likes to field defenders who are comfortable on the ball in order to implement his favorite formation, 4-3-3.
Chelsea has no fresh injury concerns, and Conte has almost every member of the squad available against Swansea. The only notable absentees are Kurt Zouma and Marco van Ginkel. Both of them are sidelined with long-term knee injuries.
Loic Remy has returned to Chelsea after he had his ankle injured in the early phase of his loan to London neighbors, Crystal Palace.
— Chelsea FC Global (@Chelsea_Global) September 5, 2016
Diego Costa had a fantastic game for Spain against Lichtenstein in the last game as he grabbed two of the eight goals Spain had scored. The striker came under a lot of scrutiny in recent weeks from the Spanish Press for his alleged under-performance. Therefore, his two goals lifted a lot of pressure off his shoulders.
Swansea should keep in mind that a confident Diego Costa will be very dangerous. So they have to give special attention to thwart Costa’s influence in the game.
Eden Hazard has been showing the form that won him PFA player of the year two years ago. Swansea should be wary of the threat posed by the diminutive Belgian from the wings.
Chelsea’s Predicted Starting Lineup (4-1-4-1)
Courtois — Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Azpilicueta — Kante — Willian, Oscar, Matic, Hazard — Costa
— BET A BONUS (@BetABonus) September 6, 2016
Swansea: Team News
Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin is still waiting for the fitness of his star transfer window signing, Borja Baston, who arrived with a £15.5 million fee (around $20 m) this summer. The 24-year-old picked up an injury that made him miss the games against Hull City and Leicester.
When asked about the fitness issue of Baston, as reported by the Wales Online, Guidolin said,”Borja has to go slow for two or three days. It is not an injury now but he still has to go slow. I hope to have him available for Sunday but I don’t know, I am not sure.”
Wales defender Neil Taylor has been included on the squad for the first time this season after he was granted extended leave following his participation in the Euro 2016. Jefferson Montero is also available despite returning late from international duty for Ecuador.
Swansea’s Predicted Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Fabianski — Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Kingsley — Fer, Cork — Routledge, Sigurdsson, Barrow — Baston
Swansea vs. Chelsea: Head-to-Head
Chelsea has faced Swansea a total of 31 times, and they came out on top in 14 games. Swansea has won seven games, and the remaining 10 games ended in a stalemate.
Swansea vs. Chelsea: Prediction
The game will be very tight, for sure. Swansea has always made life difficult for Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium. This time, Chelsea have to work hard if they wish to grab all three points.
Final Predicted Score: Swansea 1, Chelsea 2
Swansea vs. Chelsea: Betting Tips and Odds
- Swansea win:9/2
- A draw: 3/1
- Chelsea win: 8/13
- Under 2.5 goals: evens
- Over 2.5 goals: 8/11
- Diego Costa is likely to get on the score sheet for Chelsea.
- Chelsea to win both at half time and full time.
- Both teams are likely to score.
The odds were provided by Paddypower.
Swansea vs. Chelsea: Live Streaming
The match between Swansea and Chelsea can be watched live online at this live streaming link.
The link will be updated just before kick-off.
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