It looks like a long shot because it is a long shot. Chelsea trail Tottenham by five points, Liverpool by eight and the Premier League season is down to its last four games (three, if you’re Liverpool). Unless Spurs turn completely spursy and go belly-up, Chelsea will be in the Europa League next season.
But. As Yogi Berra famously said, it ain’t over until it’s over. [Ed.note: not to be confused with Yogi Bear, who’s smarter than your average bear.] And it ain’t over. So Chelsea will soldier on and try to extend a run of form that’s returned three wins on the trot and seen our strike force catch fire. After laboring for goals since we rang in the New Year, suddenly we have seven in our last three.
Swansea, meanwhile, are staggering to the finish line. They’re a nervous four points ahead of the relegation trio and enter Saturday with just three points out of their last five league matches — that’s twelve precious points squandered at the end of a season that never seemed to get in gear for them. Their home form is better, though, with four wins and a draw in their last five in South Wales.
A couple of statistical tibits tickle your maths bone: Chelsea have won two straight on the road, and if they win Antonio Conte will have his 50th Premier League win, after 73 matches. That’s third fastest ever, trailing Jose Mourinho (63) and Pep Guardiola (69.)
Date / Time: Saturday, April 28th, 2018, 17:30 BST; 12:30pm EDT; 10:00pm IST
Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales
Referee: Jonathan Moss — he’s good for about three yellow cards a game, but that’s just an average. Last time out, he flashed yellow seven times as Tottenham fell to Manchester City. So far this season he’s been good for us, with four wins out of four and 14 goals scored against just two conceded.
Forecast: Much cooler than at Wembley. Temperature should be around 10°C (50°F), winds 10 km/h (6 mph). The chance of rain showers is 20%.
On TV: BT Sport 1 (UK); NBC [the main network], Telemundo Deportes (USA); Star Sports Select 2 (India); elsewhere
Streaming online: BT Sport Live (UK); NBC Sports Live, UNIVERSO NOW (USA); Hotstar (India)
Swansea City team news: No Tammy Abraham, of course. Renato Sanches is out with a hamstring, Wilfred Bony and Luciano Narsingh have ankle problems and Leroy Fer’s Achilles is unhappy. Federico Fernandez and Angel Rangel are hoping to be fit.
Chelsea team news: Marcos Alonso serves the third game of his three-match suspension. As far as we know, Danny Drinkwater (groin) is still unavailable. David Luiz is out with a knee, maybe for the rest of the season, but is reportedly now also traveling with the team. Ethan Ampadu is out (broken ankle).
Last time: Our last visit to Wales was in September of 2016, a 2-2 comeback draw. How things have changed. Two of the three goal-scorers no longer play for the same clubs. Diego Costa got both of ours, and Gylfi Sigurdsson got their first. Only Leroy Fer is still around and he only scored because he fouled Gary Cahill. Oscar, who supplied the assist for Costa in the 18th minute, didn’t even last the season. Branislav Ivanović helped set up our second.