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Swansea v Chelsea: Swans can halt Blues’ revival at the Liberty

| 31.01.2012

Chelsea travel to Swansea City this Tuesday evening hoping to do what fellow Champions League rivals Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur were able to do – pick up three points.

While their away record may leave a lot to be desired, Swansea’s home from is amongst the best in the league and they have tasted defeat just once in the Premier League this season – a narrow 1-0 defeat against Manchester United.

With Chelsea missing Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres continuing to misfire, this could be another good evening at the Liberty for Brendan Rogers’ men…

Match odds

Chelsea head into this game as the 4/5 favourites and – based on their recent results – it’s easy to see why.

The Blues have lost just one of their previous 12 games in all competitions and came through a tough game at the weekend to see off Queens Park Rangers 1-0 in the FA Cup fourth round.

However, they have drawn three of their last five Premier League away games including draws against Wigan Athletic and Norwich City.

With Swansea losing just one of their 11 Premier League home games they could be well worth backing at 7/2 to get the win.

Having a punt on the draw is a far more tempting proposition though and, following consecutive defeats against Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers – the first time they’ve lost back-to-back games since 2010 – the Swans would be delighted with a point at 5/2.

Goal markets

The Blues have failed to score in their previous two Premier League games and face a Swansea team with the best home defence in the division.

Backing this to finish with under 2.5 goals scored – as five of the last six league games at the Liberty have – looks worth consideration at 8/11.

Meanwhile, Juan Mata scored the only goal of the game against QPR at the weekend from the spot and is 6/1 to open the scoring this Tuesday.



Richard Anderson