With the end of the international break, (proper) club football takes the center stage once again. For the fourth game of the season, but the first in two weeks, Chelsea will be facing Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
Last season, Swansea were the providers of two moments that encapsulated the mess that was Chelsea's attempt at defending the Premier League title. In our first meeting at the Bridge, Jefferson Montero and André Ayew — the latter now at West Ham — terrorized our flanks in a 2-2 draw that felt like a loss given the circumstances during and after the game. The return leg wasn't any better, as a goal by Gylfi Sigudsson in the first half sealed Swansea's 1-0 victory over Chelsea.
At the moment, Chelsea remain undefeated with four wins in four matches with Italian boss Antonio Conte at helm. We expect to continue in this same vein going forward.
Date / Time: Sunday, September 11, 2016, 16:00 BST; 11am EDT; 9pm IST
Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales
Referee: Andre Marriner, with whom Chelsea held a record of 1 win, 1 draw and 2 losses last season — the last of which was our 1-0 loss to the Swans at the very ground we're set to play this Sunday. Let's hope not to repeat this feat...
Forecast: Light rain, with mild humidity
On TV: Sky Sports 1 (UK); NBCSN, Telemundo (USA); Star Sports 2 / Select HD1 (India); elsewhere.
Streaming online: Sky GO (UK); NBC Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (USA); Chelsea TV (radio)
Swansea City team news: The Swans have added one player to their squad, replacing long-time captain Ashley Williams with English defender Alfie Mawson. The youngster might make his debut on Sunday after impressing in training.
With regards to injuries, Swansea are still waiting for their major signing of the summer window, Borja Baston to recover from an injury picked only a few days after arriving at his new club last month. Guidolin hopes to have the Spanish striker available to play against Chelsea, but he's not too sure if Borja's ready to play just yet.
Swansea have recorded only one win in three Premier League matches so far, against recently promoted side Burnley in their season debut. Since then, the team have lost matches in the league to Hull and Leicester City, and will be looking to remove themselves from the early talks of relegation candidacy as soon as possible.
Chelsea team news: The Blues managed to arrange Deadline Day deals to reinforce the defence, acquiring left back Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina and welcoming back David Luiz after a two-year spell with Paris Saint-Germain. Both players started training with Chelsea this week during the international break, though their full debuts might have to wait a little bit longer.
In our medical department, things remain the same. Although Kurt Zouma took part in full training this Friday, he is still recovering from a torn ACL. He edges closer to his return to the pitch with each passing day.
Conte confirmed that both Luiz and Alonso need time before starting any games; it remains to be seen whether their arrival will mean any changes to our line-ups in the future. The boss sees Luiz as a centre back and he could very well slot in as a starter in place of Gary Cahill, and instantly upgrade the defense. Meanwhile Alonso could be an upgrade to Azpilicueta in our attacking forays, but changes to our current fullback pairing would be unwarranted considering their performances since Conte's takeover.
Previously: The last minutes of Alexandre Pato with a Chelsea shirt.