Swansea travel to West London in a terrible run of form to take on the reigning champions, only boosted slightly by their hard-fought draw last weekend against Bournemouth
The draw against Bournemouth came after a string of 5 losses in all competitions for the Swans. Former Blues assistant coach Paul Clement now brings his charges to his former stomping ground in the hope of grinding out a similar result. They will be glad to have Wilfried Bony back among their ranks, and back to some semblance of form while also ruing the absence of Tammy Abraham from this game.
Of the 3 matches Chelsea have lost this season so far, 2 have come against opposition from the lower half – Burnley and Crystal Palace. Hence, they will be wary of not going into this one as a foregone conclusion. The form-guide makes good reading for Blues fans though, as they are unbeaten in 4 games after the 3-0 thrashing at the hands of AS Roma in the Champions League.
Team News & Tactics
With 10 games coming up in between now and the end of the year, squad rotation will be expected for this game as confirmed by boss Antonio Conte. The Italian also confirmed the unavailability of David Luiz (knee) and Charly Musonda (undisclosed). While Michy Batshuayi and Kenedy have started training again, this game might come too soon for the duo.
A slight change in formation in recent weeks has seen Chelsea line up in a 3-5-2 formation with Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata being the two attacking men…