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.
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.
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
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|
|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
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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WE HAVE HISTORY
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
Hernandez 87 Moses 60
9 January 2013 Capital One Cup semi-final first leg
23 January 2013 League Cup semi-final second leg
Chelsea v Swansea City in all competitions
Games played 24
Chelsea wins 9
Swansea wins 6
Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 10
Chelsea wins 6
Swansea wins 1
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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