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Swansea City vs. Chelsea: Confirmed lineups and discussion

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Lineups have been released for Chelsea's trip to the Liberty Stadium, and while there are no big shocks there is one little surprise:

Swansea City starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Łukasz Fabiański | Neil Taylor, Ashley Williams, Federico Fernández, Dwight Tiendalli | Tom Carroll, Gylfi Sigurdsson | Wayne Routledge, Nélson Oliveira, Nathan Dyer | Befétimbi Gomis

Substitutes from: Gerhard Tremmel, Àngel Rangel, Jordi Amat, Kyle Bartley, Jay Fulton, Marvin Emnes, Modou Barrow

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1):
Petr Čech | Filipe Luis, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanović | Nemanja Matić, Cesc Fàbregas | Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian | Diego Costa

Substitutes from: Thibaut Courtois, Kurt Zouma, John Obi Mikel, Ramires, André Schürrle, Mohamed Salah, Loïc Rémy

So let me see ... that's Thibaut Courtois and Cesar Azpilicueta injured and Gary Cahill restored to the starting lineup, with zero other surprises. Alrighty then. One might argue that Kurt Zouma deserved an extended run in the team after his exploits against Newcastle and Watford, but so it goes.

No Drogba on the bench -- perhaps he's being saved for the Capital One Cup semifinal in midweek? I haven't head of any injury.


For reference, here's the community's preferred lineup as per your votes from yesterday:

You choose Swansea A

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