The last time Chelsea faced Swansea, it was just the opening day of the season and the Blues fans were on cloud nine.
After all, this was the first match back for the reigning Premier League champions and it was the first test for Jose Mourinho’s team in their bid to retain the Premier League crown.
However, things didn’t go quite as hoped. Chelsea ultimately drew the game 2-2 as Thibaut Courtois was sent off and Chelsea’s medical team were heavily criticised for their handling of Eden Hazard’s late injury.
And the result eventually triggered a series of downward results that ended in Mourinho finally thrown out of the club and, although Guus Hiddink has since managed to turn the tide to some extent, the Blues will be keen to secure a convincing victory when they face Swansea yet again this weekend as Chelsea continue to push for European football.
Chelsea’s 4-0 victory against Aston Villa last weekend was actually their first win in last five matches. Premier League draws with Stoke and West Ham came on either side of knockout defeats to Paris Saint-Germain and Everton. But the Blues are unbeaten in 15 Premier League games since Hiddink took over.
Here is the starting line-up we think Hiddink will opt for this weekend.
Goalkeeper (Thibaut Courtois):
A regular starter for Chelsea and undoubtedly he will be starting against the Swans. Stats say, the Belgian now averages 98% success in his attempts while he has managed to pick up 5 clean sheets this term for the club. Courtois is tall, versatile and always very difficult to beat. He didn’t have much to do in his last match as his side easily overpowered the Villians. On Saturday, He will be looking to clinch another clean sheet.
Defence (Ivanovic, Terry, Cahil,Azpilicueta):
We could see Hiddink giving Terry and Cahill a start in this game. John Terry missed the PSG’s tie for whereas Gary Cahill was ruled out against Aston Villa because of a knock he received in the friendless. Matt Miazga expected to be benched despite an impressive debut. Ivanovic might return to his right back position and Azpilicueta will be making his runs on the left.
Midfield (Fabregas, Mikel, Willian, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro)
Willian might make a much-anticipated return to the starting line-up after missing the last match and Hiddink might start with Loftus-Cheek operating as an attacking midfielder while Fabregas at the centre of the pitch and Mikel as a holding Midfielder. Mikel remains as a regular starter since Guus Hiddink took charge at Stamford Bridge and Matic has been forced to be dropped down to the bench many times this season after a brilliant last season.
As Diego Costa is still serving suspension and Remy out with injury, the newly signed Brazilian may be given the chance to start his very first game in Chelsea shirt. After scoring on his debut against Villa, Pato will be hoping to find back of the net once again in front of the Swans defence. He will have to be solid in the upfront as Ashley Williams and Taylor will throw a tough challenge always.