Swansea City v Chelsea Preview
Swansea City v Chelsea Preview - Can Swansea stop Chelsea again?
Swansea City v Chelsea
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Wednesday 23 January, 2013
Swansea City can seal their place in a Wembley final by backing up a 2-0 first leg win against Chelsea. Chelsea have it all to do and Rafa Benitez has several selection headaches to consider ahead of the match.
Swansea City Preview
Swansea will be full of confidence going into this match following their first leg win and their 3-1 victory against Stoke City over the weekend. Swansea have only lost two league games at home this season and they have scored 22 goals which is better than Everton and Tottenham Hotspur holding fourth and fifth places.
Injuries and Suspensions
Swansea are fortunate with injuries ahead of the match with only Neil Taylor, Darnel Situ and Kemy Augustien definitely set to miss out. Central defender Chico is rated as extremely doubtful ahead of the match following a knee injury he picked up in the FA Cup replay against Arsenal.
Swansea are a best price of 11/4 to win this match with Ladbrokes.
Chelsea are undefeated in their last three since losing to Swansea at home. They come off the back of a 2-1 home win against local rivals Arsenal and they are unchallenged in third place in the Premier League. Chelsea have conceded only 11 goals away from home giving them one of the best away defences in the country.
Injuries and Suspensions
John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses are both away at the Africa Cup of Nations playing for Nigeria and Oriol Romeu looks set to miss the rest of the season with a knee problem. David Luiz is the only other major injury worry after missing the weekend win against Arsenal with a sprained ankle.
Chelsea are sure shots at 19/20 to win this second leg, but the real question is whether just a win would be enough for them to progress to the final.
Swansea City v Chelsea Statistics
Swansea have built well on last season`s impressive performances in the Premier League with eight wins, nine draws and only six defeats. They have been impressive in attack with 34 goals helping the side achieve a goal difference of plus seven.
Chelsea have won 13 matches, drawn six and lost just four. They have been productive both up front and in defence with 47 goals scored and 22 goals conceded. Only Manchester United have scored more Premier League goals than Chelsea.
Head to Head: Swansea and Chelsea don`t have a long history in terms of games played in Wales with only 11 meetings in total. Swansea have won four, Chelsea have won two and five matches have been draws. The last time Chelsea won at Swansea was during the 1983/1984 season.
Swansea`s form throughout January has been inconsistent with three draws, two wins and just one defeat. Swansea have scored nine goals so far this month from all matches while conceding a total of six.
Chelsea have won three matches, drawn one game and lost two which includes the defeat to Swansea in the first leg of this tie. This run includes nine goals scored across two games with five away at Southampton in the FA Cup and four away to Stoke in the league.
Swansea City v Chelsea Prediction
Swansea have the core players in their side fit and it`s difficult to see them losing this match. They will look to absorb pressure well, counter attack and defend the lead that they already have. Swansea City 1-0 Chelsea.
Back Swansea to win this match 1-0 at odds of 11/1.