Premier League Preview: Swansea - Chelsea

Alfie Meekings
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Rangel, Williams, Chico, Davies
Britton, Ki
Routledge, De Guzman, Hernandez

Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Bertrand
Mikel, Ramires
Mata, Oscar, Hazard

Michael Laudrup has no fresh injury concerns, but Michel Vorm (groin) remains sidelined until December, leaving Gerhard Tremmel to fill the Dutchman's boots in goal. Kyle Bartley (thigh) is also out until December, while Neil Taylor (broken ankle) will not be back in action until next season.

Chelsea welcomes back Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres after they served one-match bans during their side's midweek victory over Manchester United.

David Luiz will serve a one-match suspension for reaching five domestic yellow cards for the season, meaning Cesar Azpilicueta could continue at right back, allowing Ivanovic to partner Cahill in central defense. Ashley Cole (ankle) is a doubt, while John Terry continues his four-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand by the FA.

  • Swansea has won just one of its last seven Premier League matches.

  • Michael Laudrup's side is the only current top-flight side never to have scored a Premier League goal in November.
  • The hosts have only lost one of their last eight league games at the Liberty Stadium, winning four.

  • Chelsea has not lost a Premier League match away from home this season, and has only suffered defeat at Stamford Bridge once - against Manchester United on Sunday.
  • Juan Mata (pictured, right) has already scored seven goals this season - five off his tally for the whole of last season - and has recorded eight assists.

  • Chelsea had two players sent off in its last league fixture, and was also down to 10 men in both of its meetings against Swansea last season.