Date: 9th April 2016 at 8:11am
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Swansea sit just one win away from the magical 40-point figure, but they will find it tough to get those elusive three points against a Chelsea side who have made themselves tough to beat under Guus Hiddink.

The Welsh side fought back impressively to claim a 2-2 draw at Stoke last weekend, a result which took them 10 points clear of the bottom three as they continue their improvement under Francesco Guidolin.

Whether the experienced Italian will still be at the helm next season remains up in the air, however, with even the boss admitting he is unsure as to where he will be in August as talk of a return for Brendan Rodgers continues to linger.

Only Aston Villa and Watford have scored fewer than Swansea’s 15 home goals this season, and the hosts have never beaten Chelsea in the Premier League; in fact, you have to go back to 1981 for the last time they took all three points against the Blues.

Chelsea’s decline is neatly represented by their last two games against Swansea; in this fixture last season they were four goals up inside 36 minutes and went on to claim a 5-0 victory as they cruised to the title, but the reverse fixture on the opening day saw them scrap their way to a 2-2 draw as their title defence got off to a shaky start – a theme that continued until Jose Mourinho’s departure.

The Blues remain undefeated under Guus Hiddink, and their stroll to a 4-0 victory at Villa Park last weekend saw them consolidate their position in the top half; even forgotten man Alexandre Pato managed to get his name on the scoresheet.

The visitors could leap to seventh with another win here if other results go their way; this week’s announcement that Italy national team manager Antonio Conte is to take the Stamford Bridge hotseat next season has provided belief to Chelsea fans that this campaign will prove to be nothing more than a blip.

Team News:

Guidolin welcomes back forward Andre Ayew after a three-game absence because of an ankle problem, but Leon Britton and Jordi Amat are both struggling with back injuries.

The visitors will once again be without striker Diego Costa after his ban was increased by the FA, Loic Remy suffered a groin injury in the win over Villa and is a doubt, but John Terry and Gary Cahill could return.

League Position: Swansea – 15th (37 pts); Chelsea – 10th (44 pts)
Previous Meeting:
Chelsea 2-2 Swansea (August 8, 2015)
Form: Swansea – LWWLWD; Chelsea – WWWDDW
Key Men: Swansea – Gylfi Sigurdsson; Chelsea – Willian
Shoot Says: Swansea 1-2 Chelsea

 
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