I think most Premier League fans probably expected an early season one versus two battle featuring Chelsea, but at the same time, most probably assumed that would be their fifth match of the season where they faced off against Manchester City. That scenario could still easily come to pass, but if it does, it means that the Blues will be facing the second place team in the table during consecutive weeks.
Swansea City were mostly disappointing last season, but are off to a flying start thus far in the 2014/15 campaign. The Swans have take a perfect nine points from their opening three fixtures, and while they trail Chelsea based on goal differential at the moment, could wind up alone atop the table if they manage to knock off the Blues at Stamford Bridge.
For Chelsea, this should be a decent test ahead of what should be their toughest fixture of the domestic season. Taking a full three points would ensure that at worst, they'd be level on points with the defending league champions after their first meeting of the season, and likely ahead based on early goal differential. A loss or a draw would give City a real opportunity to overtake the Blues next week, though table position just five weeks in isn't all that important anyway.
For Chelsea, there are a few minor injuries to note, but nothing of major concern. Diego Costa withdrew from Spain's squad after picking up a minor hamstring injury, though he'll face a fitness test tomorrow ahead of game time to determine what role he has. If he can't start, one of Didier Drogba or Loic Remy will start up front in his place, while Fernando Torres remains on loan to the moon.
Eden Hazard is also suffering from a 'knock', one so serious that it forced the Belgian to miss out on this most recent international break. Something tells me he's fine.
For the Swans, Rory Donnelly, Leon Britton, and Marvin Emnes will all be unavailable due to injury. Everyone else should be good to go, as the club looks to keep firing on all cylinders to start the new campaign.
Swansea are unlikely to simply sit back and park the bus, and given the offensive explosion the last time the Blues faced that sort of opposition, we could be in for a treat. Hopefully the defense is a bit less shaky on Saturday than it was against Everton though, as cruise control is awfully nice from time to time.
Opponent: Swansea City
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, England
Date/Time: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 15:00 local time (Convert for yourself here)
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