Last weekend's ridiculously easy 4-0 away win over Aston Villa was Chelsea's first win in five games, yet it was also our 15th Premier League match in a row unbeaten (the longest of any team in the league). Not exactly the two most obviously complementary streaks ever, but that's this season for ya. Next up is another away match, this time over in Wales, at Swansea City.
We haven't seen the Swans since opening day, but their journey through the 2015-16 season has plumbed similar depths as Chelsea's. Only recently have they managed to climb out of relegation danger, with three wins in their last five matches giving them a cushion of 10 points over Sunderland and the chasm below.
Meanwhile, Chelsea's three points on Saturday mean that the mischievous prospect of managing to qualify for the Europa League is once again poking its head out form behind the curtain of doom and gloom. It's a very tiny chance, I think, and we seem to be operating under the assumption that we will not make it — though whether our lineup this Saturday will prove to be as adventurous as last Saturday's remains to be seen.
Injury-enforced absentees will include Kurt Zouma and Loïc Rémy, while Diego Costa will be serving the added-on one-match ban for nuzzling Gareth Barry. The availability of John Terry, Gary Cahill, and Eden Hazard is up in the air — all three missed out against Aston Villa.