Saturday, August 08, 2015

Chelsea VS Swansea City Preview

Defeats in their final two pre-season matches plus doubts over Diego Costa’s perennial hamstring problems have given José Mourinho a major headache before the first match of their title defence. Having won at Old Trafford on opening day last year, a Swansea side bolstered by the arrival of Ghana forward André Ayew will provide a real test of Chelsea’s readiness for the new campaign.

Kick-off Saturday 5.30pm

Venue Stamford Bridge

Last season Chelsea 4 Swansea City 2

Live Sky Sports 1

Referee Michael Oliver

Last season G28, Y96, R5, 3.79 cards per game

Odds H 3-8 A 11-1 D 4-1


Subs from Begovic, Blackman, Aké, Ramires, Falcao, Cuadrado, Chalobah, Mikel, Traoré, Rémy, Moses, Zouma, Loftus-Cheek, Aina

Doubtful Costa (hamstring)

Injured None

Suspended None

Discipline (last season) Y74 R4

Top scorer (last season) Costa 20

Swansea City
Subs from Nordfeldt, Amat, Britton, Shelvey, Michu, Emnes, Dyer, Tabanou, Routledge, Éder, Tiendalli, Grimes, Rangel, Bartley, Fulton, Barrow

Doubtful Amat (ankle)

Injured None

Suspended None

Discipline (last season) Y51 R5

Top scorer (last season) Ki 8

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