STAR PREVIEW: Chelsea v Swansea City
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he aggregate score last season between Chelsea and Swansea was 9-2 and it’s hard to argue a case for it being much different today as the defending champions will be keen to start the new season in style in front of their home crowd.
Chelsea are now unbeaten in their last 10 league meetings with Swansea, winning eight and the Swans have lost all four Premier League trips to Stamford Bridge.
If you pinning your hopes on a close game then the angle in will be the relatively poor pre-season friendly form for Chelsea but how much that will count for in the season proper is questionable.
Jose Mourinho said: “The real football starts today, I think everybody’s waiting for it. Let’s try to be a good team and be here in March or April speaking about winning something. I believe the teams who aren’t title contenders will be stronger, the gap between the top and others will be shorter.”
The big team news is that Diego Costa remains a doubt after sitting out the Community Shield last weekend.
For Swansea Jordi Amat is the only doubt with a foot problem.
Chelsea v Swansea City
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Jan 2015 Premier Swansea 0-5 Chelsea
Sep 2014 Premier Chelsea 4-2 Swansea
Apr 2014 Premier Swansea 0-1 Chelsea
Dec 2013 Premier Chelsea 1-0 Swansea
Apr 2013 Premier Chelsea 2-0 Swansea
Jan 2013 Capital One Cup Swansea 0-0 Chelsea
Jan 2013 Capital One Cup Chelsea 0-2 Swansea
Nov 2012 Premier Swansea 1-1 Chelsea
Jan 2012 Premier Swansea 1-1 Chelsea
Sep 2011 Premier Chelsea 4-1 Swansea
Not exactly the bravest bet for me to start the new campaign. Much more of dipping the toe into the water type of bet but over 2.5 goals at around 4/5 is the call.
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