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Sun 28 Apr 2013 15:00 (Attendance: 41,780)


After five games in a row away from Stamford Bridge, we are back on home soil. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton take a look at our fourth meeting this season with the team from South Wales…

Success in the League Cup is not guaranteed to inspire a team for the remainder of the season as it did José Mourinho's Chelsea in 2005. Birmingham in 2011are just the most recent example of a Carling Cup victor relegated 12 weeks later.

Only Stoke, QPR and Reading have a worse record over the last eight league games than Capital One Cup winners Swansea. Since beating Newcastle in the game that followed their triumph over Bradford City at Wembley Michael Laudrup's side have lost three and drawn two.

They are also winless in six away league matches, although that sequence actually began after they had inflicted a 2-0 home cup defeat on the Blues, who have not beaten the Welshmen in four meetings. However Stamford Bridge boasts the best home record in the Barclays Premier League over the last five matches.

If selected, Frank Lampard will make his 400th Premier League appearance, the first Chelsea player to reach that milestone and the only non-Liverpool or Man Utd player to do so for one club.

Should Frank Lampard net against the side he was loaned to (from West Ham) in 1995/96 he will equal Andy Cole's record of scoring against 38 different teams in the Premier League.

Chelsea have played 20 more games than Swansea so far this season. The disparity is even greater against our closest neighbours. By May, the Blues will have played at least 101 games since the start of 2012. Over the same period Fulham will have had completed 63 fixtures - 38 fewer and the equivalent of an entire league campaign.

Chelsea have been awarded 10 penalties in the Premier League this term, more than any other club. Sunday's visitors have not been awarded a spot kick in the league this season.

Hazard Chelsea

Two goals in the victory in Switzerland on Thursday edged the season's total in all competitions closer to our all-time record of 142, set in the Double season of 2009/10.

Most Chelsea goals in a season
142 in 2009/10
133 in 2012/13
121 in 1964/65
117 in 1960/61 and 2006/07
112 in 2011/12
110 in 2008/09

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Kicking off an hour later than Chelsea, Arsenal will hand a guard of honour to Manchester United, who have emerged victorious from the last three meetings between those sides, including an 8-2 thrashing.

Relegation candidates Wigan are looking to complete the double over visitors Spurs. A Ben Watson goal was sufficient to earn a win at the Lane back in November.

Barclays Premier League fixtures
Manchester City v West Ham 12.45pm - Sky Sports
Everton v Fulham 3pm
Southampton v West Brom 3pm
Stoke v Norwich 3pm
Wigan v Tottenham 3pm
Newcastle v Liverpool 5.30pm - ESPN
Reading v QPR 1.30pm - Sky Sports
Chelsea v Swansea 3pm
Arsenal v Manchester United 4pm - Sky Sports
Aston Villa v Sunderland 8pm - Sky Sports

Barclays Premier League top half
Top Pld Gd Pts
1 Man Utd 34 +43 84
2 Man City 33 +29 68
3 Arsenal 34 +30 63
4 Chelsea 33 +31 62
5 Tottenham 33 +17 61
6 Everton 34 +13 56
7 Liverpool 34 +19 51
8 West Brom 33 -1 45
9 Swansea 33 +1 42
10 West Ham 34 -7 42

The race for the Champions League - Games remaining
Chelsea (5) Arsenal (4) Tottenham (5)
Swansea (h) Man Utd (h) Wigan (a)
Man Utd (a) QPR (a) Southampton (h)
Tottenham (h) Wigan (h) Chelsea (a)
Aston Villa (a) Newcastle (a) Stoke (a)
Everton (h) Sunderland (h)


The race for the Premier League Golden Boot
Robin van Persie 24
Luis Suarez 23
Gareth Bale 18
Michu 17
Demba Ba 15
Christian Benteke 15

The race for the Premier League Golden Glove
Joe Hart 15
Petr Cech 12
Asmir Begovic 11
David De Gea 11
Simon Mignolet 11
Pepe Reina 11

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Back to the league and it is crucial Chelsea secure all three points against a Swansea side problematic of late. Former Blue Clive Walker weighs up ways the Blues might sink the Swans.

Key battles
'I played in a 3-0 win against John Toshack's team in 1979 but mostly I remember playing at the Vetch, with its funny peculiar stand, two thirds across one end and very close to the pitch, all a little daunting!

'The current team have lost form a little since their League Cup triumph, which made history for them.

'That happens quite a lot - we've seen it down the years. When I was with Sunderland we lost the Milk Cup final and were relegated. What no one expected was that cup winners, Norwich, would go down with us. But after they'd won it they fell apart and slipped from mid-table to the relegation zone. Other sides have struggled since then. Players switch off.

'If you're playing against a team with that propensity you want to start fast and intense - much like we did in Basel on Thursday. If we could hit Swansea hard in the first 15 minutes it might be tough for them to gain a foothold.

'Chelsea will be looking for an old-fashioned in-your-face performance. Victor Moses in the first half in Switzerland was in that kind of mood, wanting to take the game to them.

'Rafael Benitez rang the changes in midweek with David Luiz in centre midfield and Ramires further forward. They may well revert to their more usual positions.

'Chelsea have to be alert to the slipped-in passes. Michu has already shown what a danger he can be against us, finding space and getting a shot in. John Terry is approaching full fitness and was excellent on Thursday, as was Branislav Ivanovic. Brana will need no reminding what happened in the League Cup game here - two very uncharacteristic errors for him cost us dear.

'Ryan Bertrand has done nothing wrong but you have to welcome Ashley Cole and his experience back. He did a great job against Basel's tricky player Muhamed Salah but he is suspended from the second leg next week.

'It was the perfect scenario in Switzerland when we went a goal up. He could sit back and stay on Salah. Gary Cahill is fit again but may have to wait a little longer for a return.

'Demba Ba looks likely to be back on Sunday afternoon and Benitez's selection in the Europa League appeared to have one eye on this match. Juan Mata and Oscar started on the bench and he brought Hazard off early. That shows how many options he has available at the moment.

'We have won our last five league games at the Bridge and it is absolutely essential we earn three points again from this game. Swansea are a well-organised mid-table team. They're a good passing side, creative, lots of running from deep, and they take their chances.

'Leon Britton and Nathan Dyer can be very effective. The goalkeeper Michel Vorm has also been outstanding. A lot of credit for their style of football must go to him. His distribution for a goalkeeper is terrific and he regularly sets up moves.

Swansea v Chelsea

'Chelsea are looking at the Spurs fixture looming and we have to keep our noses in front of them before that.Arsenal have the easier run-in on paper and we have a game in hand on them. It's important to maintain momentum at the crucial end of the season.

'Beat Swansea, see off Basel and we will be full steam ahead.'

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Chelsea are looking to extend our unbeaten league run against Swansea at Stamford Bridge to 10 games. Yet the Welshmen are unbeaten against Chelsea in four matches in league and cup.

When the Swans sailed into the Bridge back in mid-December 1979 Chelsea was a club confident of returning to the top flight after a second relegation in five seasons.

Novice manager Geoff Hurst and his assistant Bobby Gould had galvanised a youthful side at the cash-strapped club, stripped of several stars the previous summer, including Ray Wilkins.

The Blues lay fourth going into the game against the John Toshack's side a few rungs below, and the winter wind was blustering round the old stadium - difficult conditions for 18-year-old Colin Pates (pictured below), stepping in to replace veteran Mickey Droy for only his second match.


Chelsea took the lead through industrious midfielder Johnny Bumstead, reacting the quickest to a rebound from Ian Britton's shot.

The visitors' goalie, onetime Blues triallist Glen Letheren gifted a second, colliding with defender Nigel Stephenson as he raced to cut out Bumstead's incisive through-ball.

Left clear on goal, Tommy Langley gleefully tapped into the net with 65 minutes gone. As Swansea pressed, a third Chelsea strike came from Mike Fillery's left wing cross. Gary Johnson headed past Letheren.

'I'm still of the impression,' Toshack chipped afterwards, 'that Chelsea are the least impressive of the top six. The score flattered them.' The score was also the Swans' second heaviest defeat of the season.

Swansea finished 12th that season. Chelsea completed the campaign in a promotion place but had to rely on West Ham beating Sunderland in the Mackems' last game, played the following weekend. The Hammers missed their mark and it would be four long years before Chelsea returned to the big time.

Swansea's only league win at Stamford Bridge came in our first ever meeting in November 1925. Billy Hole, Jack Fowler and Len Thompson were the visitors' scorers in their 3-1 win. Harry Wilding scored for the Blues.

Their only other win here was in the Capital One Cup semi-final in January when the Swans won 2-0 to put one foot in the final.

Our previous meetings at Swansea
1925/26 Swansea won 3-1 Old Division Two
1926/27 Drew 2-2 Old Division Two
1927/28 Chelsea won 4-0 Old Division Two
1928/29 Chelsea won 4-0 Old Division Two
1929/30 Chelsea won 1-0 Old Division Two
1962/63 Drew 2-2 Old Division Two
1979/80 Chelsea won 3-0 Old Division Two
1980/81 Drew 0-0 Old Division Two
1983/84 Chelsea won 6-1 Old Division Two
2011/12 Chelsea won 4-1 Premier League




Other fixtures this season
3 November 2012 Barclays Premier League
Swansea……..….…1 Chelsea…….……..……1
Hernandez 87              Moses 60
               Att: 20,527

9 January 2013 Capital One Cup semi-final first leg
Chelsea..……..….…0 Swansea….……..……2
                                        Michu 38
                                        Graham 90+1
               Att: 40,172

23 January 2013 League Cup semi-final second leg
Swansea……..….…0 Chelsea…….……..……0
              Att: 19,506

Chelsea v Swansea City in all competitions
Games played 24
Chelsea wins 9
Swansea wins 6
Draws 9

Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 10
Chelsea wins 6
Swansea wins 1
Draws 3

Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 6-1 Swansea - 06/12/1983
Chelsea 1-3 Swansea - 21/11/1925

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Chelsea are hoping for a sixth successive Premier League victory at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have opened the scoring in 22 Premier League matches which is a higher percentage than any other club. We have gone on to win 16 games and draw five. Only West Ham have defeated us.

Chelsea are eight points better off compared to the corresponding 33 fixtures last season.

We have gained 12 points from losing positions this term. We have dropped 16 points from winning positions

Fabian Schär's penalty at Basel on Thursday was the 13th time in all competitions this season we have conceded in the last five minutes (plus stoppage time).

In the Premier League we have now dropped eight points from the 85th minute onwards, each time away from home: Swansea, West Ham, Reading, Newcastle and Liverpool.

Last six results
Apr 7 Sunderland (h) W 2-1
Apr 11 Rubin Kazan (Europa League a) L 2-3
Apr 14 Manchester City (FA Cup Wembley) L 1-2
Apr 17 Fulham (a) W 3-0
Apr 21 Liverpool (a) D 2-2
Apr 25 Basel (Europa League a) W 2-1


Premier League scorers
Lampard 12 (4 pens), Mata 10, E Hazard 9 (2 pens), Torres 7 (1 pen), Ivanovic 5, Ramires 4, Terry 4, Ba 2, Cahill 2, D Luiz 2, Oscar 2 (pen), Cole 1, Marin 1, Moses 1, Sturridge 1, own goals 3. Total 66

League games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 5
A home defeat: 6


Chelsea's next three games
Thu 2 May Basel (Europa League SF) home 8.05pm
Sun 5 May Manchester United away 4pm
Wed 8 May Tottenham home 7.45pm


Frank Lampard needs two goals to equal our all-time top scorer Bobby Tambling on 202.

If selected, Frank will play his 50th game of the season for club and country.

Congratulations to Juan Mata who celebrates his 25th birthday today (Sunday).


Major trophies
1 League Cup in 2013
2 Football League Trophies, last in 2006
10 Welsh Cups, last in 1991

In March 1978, a 28-year-old John Toshack became the youngest manager in the Football League and took the Swans from the Fourth Division to the First in four seasons. They achieved their highest ever finish, sixth, in 1981/82 but were relegated the following season and in another four years were back in the Division Four.

Swansea achieved a similar rise in fortunes after promotion from League Two (fourth flight) in 2004/05 and arriving in the Premier League via the Championship play-offs in May 2011.

Swansea have picked up five points from six games since winning the League Cup in February. They have won three points (three draws) from a possible 18 away in the Premier League in 2013.

The Swans have failed to win any of the 15 league games their opposition scored first. They have managed five draws and 10 defeats.

They have only dropped four points from winning positions. Only Arsenal and Man United can better that.

Swansea have won 17 points from a possible 48 on the road this term. They have won at QPR, Newcastle, Arsenal and Fulham, drawn at Southampton, Reading, Everton, Sunderland and Norwich and lost at Aston Villa, Stoke, Manchester City, Tottenham, West Ham, Liverpool and West Brom.

Manager Michael Laudrup
Days in charge: 315
Played 42
Won 16
Drawn 14
Lost 12

Swansea's last 10 year league history

Pts Pos Division Level
2002/03 49 21st League Division Three 4
2003/04 59 10th League Division Three 4
2004/05 80 3rd League Two 4
2005/06 71 6th League One 3
2006/07 72 7th League One 3
2007/08 92 1st League One 3
2008/09 68 8th Championship 2
2009/10 69 7th Championship 2
2010/11 80 3rd Championship 2
2011/12 47 11th Premier League 1




Last six results
Mar 2 Newcastle (h) W 1-0
Mar 9 West Brom (a) L 1-2
Mar 16 Arsenal (h) L 0-2
Mar 30 Tottenham (h) L 1-2
Apr 6 Norwich (a) D 2-2
Apr 20 Southampton (h) D 0-0

2012/13 Premier League scorers
Michu 17, De Guzman 5, Routledge 5, Dyer 3, Graham 3, Hernández 3, Moore 3, Rangel 2, Davies 1, Sinclair 1. Total 43.

League games since
An away win: 6
An away draw: 0
An away defeat: 1

Swansea's completed January transfers
Ins Roland Lamah (Osasuna, loan)
Outs Danny Graham (Sunderland, £5m), Leroy Lita (Sheffield Wednesday, loan), Mark Gower (Charlton, loan), Ashley Richards (Crystal Palace, loan)

Mark Clattenburg is the official for his second Chelsea match of the season.

There are no suspensions.

The deadline for players receiving a suspension for accruing ten cautions has now passed.

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Chelsea v Swansea


  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires Substitution
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar
  • 10
    Juan Mata
  • 17
    Eden Hazard
  • 29
    Demba Ba


  • 12
    John Mikel
  • 9
    Fernando Torres
  • 30
    Yossi Benayoun
  • 8
    Frank Lampard Substitution
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 34
    Ryan Bertrand
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards

Swansea City

  • 1
    Michel Vorm
  • 22
    Angel Rangel
  • 4
  • 6
    Ashley Williams
  • 33
    Substitution Ben Davies
  • 24
    Sung-Yeung Ki
  • 7
    Substitution Leon Britton
  • 15
    Substitution Wayne Routledge
  • 20
    Jonathan de Guzman
  • 11
    Pablo Hernandez
  • 9
    Miguel Michu


  • 17
    Substitution Itay Shechter
  • 3
    Substitution Neil Taylor
  • 21
    Dwight Tiendalli
  • 12
    Substitution Nathan Dyer
  • 19
    Luke Moore
  • 16
    Garry Monk
  • 25
    Gerhard Tremmel

CHELSEA v SWANSEA - 28/04/13

Chelsea vs Swansea City Highlights

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Victory at home to Swansea on Sunday afternoon consolidated Chelsea's position in the top four.

Goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard, who came on for the injured Ramires in the first half, extended the gap to Spurs in fifth place to three points, with our north London neighbours only managing a draw at Wigan on Saturday.

Two goals inside five minutes at the end of the half did the damage, after which the result was never in doubt.

First, a well-worked move from back to front saw Lampard slip in Oscar, who fired low into the far bottom corner, before Juan Mata was fouled inside the area to allow the 34-year-old his 201st Chelsea goal.

Both sides had had chances beforehand, Gary Cahill notably heading over on his return from injury, and in the second half Demba Ba engaged in a personal battle with Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm, who made a string of impressive saves.

The win sets us up well for a string of fixtures that could see us into the final of the Europa League before decisive domestic action against Manchester United and Spurs.

Chelsea v Swansea

Team news
Rafael Benitez made four changes from the side that started against Basel on Thursday night. Cahill made his first appearance in over a month alongside John Terry in central defence. Branislav Ivanovic made way.

In midfield, Ramires dropped in alongside David Luiz with Lampard and Victor Moses replaced by Mata, who celebrated his 25th birthday, and Oscar. Demba Ba was in for Fernando Torres up front.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup made two changes to their side, with Wayne Routledge and Ki Sung-Yeung preferred to Luke Moore and Nathan Dyer. Michu was the lone striker.

First half

A win would leave Chelsea in a strong position for Champions League qualification, and against a Swansea side touted as already being on its summer holidays after lifting the Capital One Cup in February, a routine three points would be expected.

But factoring in the midweek trip to Switzerland, and the slow start made against Manchester City following midweek action a fortnight ago, it was perhaps not surprising to see a slightly lacklustre opening from the Blues.

That said, there were still goalscoring opportunities, as first Eden Hazard and then Demba Ba brought saves from Vorm before the visitors had even ventured into the Chelsea area.

When they eventually did in the 20th minute, Ashley Cole was on hand to clear from a dangerous cross with both Michu and Jonathan de Guzman lurking, before Pablo Hernandez shot just past Petr Cech's right-hand post.

Ramires was forced off after 24 minutes with what looked like a thigh problem, allowing Lampard to leave the bench. His introduction was followed by a scramble inside the Swansea box that saw both Ba and Oscar fail to get shots away, the visitors eventually clearing the ball to safety.

Renowned for their tidy possession football, Swansea were spending more time without it than they were accustomed to, instead threatening more on the counter. One break saw Hernandez cut in from the right and dink a clever pass for Michu, but the Spaniard uncharacteristically shot way wide.

At the other end Lampard won possession in midfield and after making up 30 yards unchallenged, shot low at goal only to see Vorm extend an arm to turn it around the post. From the corner, Cahill headed just over the bar.

Frustration was just beginning to set in, so what better time to take the lead than three minutes before the break. It started on halfway when John Terry cut out a loose ball, and he exchanged passes with Lampard before putting him away, the midfielder just clipping the ball to his right for Oscar to take a touch and fire low across Vorm.

Treatment to Ramires and subsequently David Luiz made for four minutes of injury time, and Chelsea would again capitalise before the half-time whistle.

Mata, who had been quiet, came in from the right and was tripped inside the area by Leon Britton. Mark Clattenburg pointed to the spot, and Lampard fired home his 201st Chelsea goal low into Vorm's bottom-right corner.

It was a fitting way to end a half that would be followed by the introduction of Bobby Tambling at the break. Chelsea's record goalscorer, on 202, has been in hospital recently but having been released in Ireland on Wednesday, he had travelled over for this game and was presented to the crowd to receive a fantastic reception.

Bobby Tambling at Chelsea v Swansea

Second half

Anyone expecting it to be game over with Chelsea shutting up shop for three points and Swansea exercising damage limitation would have been surprised by the first few minutes of the second half. Instead it dramatically opened up.

Lampard nearly claimed his second of the afternoon before Hernandez fired way, way over after a swift Swansea break, and then Ba outmuscled Ashley Williams before seeing his deflected shot well blocked by Vorm at the near post.

Angel Rangel then saw a decent chance deflected behind and Vorm pulled off a brilliant one-handed stop to deny Ba once more. An hour had not yet passed.

Finally it did settle down as Chelsea reduced the tempo, but still Swansea came looking for a way back into the game. For all their tidy passing, around the area they were lacking quality with their final ball. Mata nearly put the result beyond doubt 18 minutes from time, but saw his right-footed clip roll just the wrong side of the post.

Swansea sub Itay Shechter had a shot fly narrowly over and Ba again worked Vorm as the clock ticked down. Inside the final five minutes Lampard had a powerful volley blocked.

Goal number 202 would have to wait, but with important points accumulated, nobody will have any complaints.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry (c), Cole; Ramires (Lampard 24), David Luiz; Oscar, Mata, Hazard; Ba.
Unused substitutes: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Bertrand, Mikel, Benayoun, Torres.
Goals Oscar 43, Lampard 45+1
Booked Azpilicueta 55

Swansea City (4-2-3-1): Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams (c), Davies (Taylor 81); Britton (Shechter 69), Ki Sung-Yueng; Hernandez, De Guzman, Routledge (Dyer 66); Michu.
Unused substitutes: Tremmel, Monk, Tiendalli, Moore.
Williams 37, Britton 45+1, Davies 69

Referee Mark Clattenburg

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Last week at Swansea we worked hard, created a lot of chances to score and eventually we got the goal we needed to leave a difficult place with three points...

SUNDERLAND - 19/4/14 - JT

We have got four games to go and four victories is a must for us to win the league...


We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...


Before we talk about Galatasaray and Didier's return, I want to say how gutted we were to lose three points at Villa on Saturday evening...


Tonight, we return to the Champions League and we, like Manchester United, find ourselves in a difficult position, where we are left to defend English football in Europe...


At the moment, we are top of the league with three points more than Manchester City - or the same points if they win their game in hand...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - JT

We go into this game top of the league and, with our match being the early kick-off this weekend, a win here against Everton is vital...


Are you happy with our players' performance at Manchester City? If so, show them today!


Monday night was a brilliant performance and a great result for us...


Tonight we go into a difficult game against West Ham understanding the importance of ensuring we take three points from this London derby...

WEST HAM UNITED- 29/01/14 - JT

After a good win over Stoke in the FA Cup, we come back to the league today with a London derby and we are determined to keep our winning streak going now...


Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - JT

We are back at Stamford Bridge today after three away games on the spin, from which we've picked up three important wins...