Chelsea Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Swansea

Chelsea are trying to keep pace with a seemingly unstoppable Manchester City side and they will be expected to get all three points on Wednesday as they welcome Swansea City to Stamford Bridge. 

Chelsea Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Swansea

Chelsea Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Swansea

Antonio Conte's side are now 11 points behind the league leaders despite an impressive 1-1 draw at Anfield as Pep Guardiola's side won again at the weekend, this time at Huddersfield Town.

Chelsea win & under 2.5 goals 12/5

Swansea City have scored fewer goals than any other side in the Premier League this season, leaving Paul Clement's side to 19th place after 13 games. 



CHELSEA INJURIES






Michy Batshuayi remains unlikely to play after suffering an ankle injury while with the Belgium national team. Charly Musonda and Kenedy have been out with minor injuries sustained in training.

Victor Moses has recovered from his hamstring injury and made the bench against Liverpool on Saturday. He was an unused substitute, but he could start against Swansea on Wednesday.

Chelsea are thought to have no new injury complaints after the side's most recent Premier League match and are close to full strength. Conte told a news conference at Cobham Training Centre on Tuesday about the current status of his squad.

"I can tell you who are the players not available for tomorrow: it's David Luiz, for a knee problem, and Musonda," Conte said. "Then Batshuayi and Kenedy are trying to find the best form to come back and be fit 100%, to come back."

Michy Batshuayi Chelsea 2017


CHELSEA SUSPENSIONS






Chelsea have no suspensions for the upcoming match against West Brom. Antonio Rudiger is only one caution away from earning a one-match suspension for receiving five domestic yellow cards. Alvaro Morata, David Luiz and Marcos Alonso all are on three bookings. 

The cut-off this season is after 19 league games, so to escape bans then all Chelsea players need to avoid accumulating five bookings until they play Everton on December 23. 



POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP






Antonio Conte should field his strongest line-up possible against Swansea. Morata and Eden Hazard will likely continue despite the busy fixture schedule. 

Cesc Fabregas was rotated out of Chelsea's line up at Anfield as Danny Drinkwater got his first Premier League start, but the Spaniard will likely return to the line-up on Wednesday. 

Chelsea are utilising both a 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 formation this season, depending on the opposition. Moses could make his first appearance since October 14 against Crystal Palace, when he suffered his hamstring injury.

Willian has been involved in Chelsea's past five goals, which may earn him a Premier League start despite having recently spent a period on the bench at Stamford Bridge. 

Chelsea line up Swansea GFX


SWANSEA TEAM NEWS






Swansea are going to be without their top scorer Tammy Abraham, who is ineligible to play against his parent club due to the terms of his loan from Chelsea. Kyle Bartley is a long-term absentee as he suffers from a knee injury. 

Swansea captain Federico Fernandez missed his side's recent 0-0 draw against Bournemouth due to the death of his father, and it is unclear whether he will be back to play at Stamford Bridge. 

Tammy Abraham


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS






  • Chelsea have lost only one of their 12 games against Swansea City in the Premier League (W7 D4 L1) and are unbeaten at Stamford Bridge versus the Welsh side (W5 D1 L0).


  • Chelsea have dropped eight points already at home this season in the Premier League, winning 10 of a possible 18 at Stamford Bridge — in their title-winning 2016-17 campaign, they dropped just six points (winning 51/57).


  • Only four clubs have scored fewer goals after 13 games of a Premier League season than Swansea City (7) this season: Derby (5 in 2007-08), Everton (5 in 2005-06), Bradford (5 in 2000-01) and Man City (5 in 1995-96).


  • Alvaro Morata (8) has scored more goals on his own in the Premier League this season than Swansea City as a team (7).


  • Tammy Abraham — who is on loan from Chelsea, so unable to play this game — has scored more goals (4), had more shots (22) and taken more shots on target (8) than any other Swansea City player in the Premier League this season.




TV CHANNEL & KICK OFF TIME






The match is on at 19:45 GMT on Wednesday, but it won't be shown live in the UK. The first chance to see the game will be the highlights on BBC's Match of the Day.

In the US the match will be available to stream on NBC Sports Gold at 2:45 p.m. ET.

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