Sinking the Swans

Chelsea will be looking to maintain a long unbeaten streak in our league matches against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge when we host the Welsh club this week.

The Swans recorded a 3-1 victory on their first visit to the Bridge for a second division game on 21 November 1925 but it remains their only away league success against the Blues as they have not won any of their last 14 league matches at our ground over the past 92 years.

All eight of our matches in the 20th century took place in division two but since Swansea’s promotion to the Premier League in 2011, we have continued our domination of the fixture, winning five of the last six meetings in west London thanks to some fine individual performances.

Ramires – September 2011

Fernando Torres made most of the headlines after opening the scoring and receiving a red card but Ramires stole the show with a pair of goals as 10-man Chelsea beat newly-promoted Swansea 4-1. The Brazilian made it 2-0 in the 36th minute, receiving the ball from Ashley Cole on a quick counter-attack and firing between the legs of Michel Vorm, and then added Chelsea’s third 14 minutes from time, cutting inside Ashley Williams before slotting coolly past a helpless Vorm.

Frank Lampard – April 2013

Named as a substitute against the Swans after playing in our Europa League semi-final win at Basel three days earlier, Frank Lampard answered the call to action when Ramires went off injured after 24 minutes. He duly delivered for the Blues, setting up the opening goal for Oscar with a fine through ball to the Brazilian before converting a penalty after Juan Mata had been tripped in the box. It was his 201st goal for the Blues and sealed a crucial 2-0 win as we chased a spot in the Champions League.

Eden Hazard – December 2013

Chelsea dominated the Boxing Day encounter against Swansea but it needed a moment of inspiration from Eden Hazard to give us a deserved 1-0 win. Receiving the ball from Ashley Cole neat the left touchline, the Belgian cut inside Jordi Amat and worked his way to the edge of the box. The Swansea defence dropped back quickly and with no one to pass to, Hazard went for goal himself and squeezed a low shot between Ashley Williams and goalkeeper Gerhad Tremmel into the net for the winner.

Diego Costa – September 2014

After scoring four goals in his first three Premier League matches, Diego Costa went close to doubling that tally with his only Chelsea hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Swansea. John Terry’s own goal put the visitors ahead but the striker restored parity by heading in Cesc Fabregas’ corner just before half-time. He teamed up again with the Spanish midfielder to slot the Blues ahead in the 56th minute before completing his treble midway through the second half.

Cesc Fabregas – February 2017

Swansea held us to a 2-2 draw in our 2015/16 season opener but the Blues returned to winning ways last season with a 3-1 win, thanks largely to Fabregas. He tormented Swansea that day, pulling the strings in midfield and opening the scoring in the 19th minute after receiving the ball from Pedro in a crowded Swansea box and slotting past Lukasz Fabianski. Swansea levelled but after hitting the crossbar, Fabregas returned the favour to Pedro in the 72nd minute, playing the ball through for his fellow Spaniard to beat Fabianski with a curling effort which restored our lead.