Chelsea look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League, when they face a Swansea side who, despite a positive start, have recorded just one win in the last seven league outings.
Chelsea come into the tie on the back of two dramatic matches with Manchester United, a 3-2 defeat last weekend, a match better remembered for referring controversies, and a midweek 5-4 victory after extra-time.
Swansea’s poor league form is showing signs of improvement, with just one defeat in the last four in all competitions, and that coming away to Champions Manchester City. A draw against Reading, and a win over Wigan were the previous league results, and a midweek cup win away to Liverpool will help fill Brian Laudrup’s side with confidence as they welcome the league leaders.
The Swans are waiting on the fitness of defender Chico Flores, with Gary Monk a possible replacement – Fellow defender Ashley Williams should make it despite concerns over an ankle injury. Goalkeeper Michael Vorm remains sidelined with a groin injury.
Chelsea are without the suspended John Terry, but Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic return following their suspensions. David Luiz is a concern in central defence, with Ivanovic set to move into the centre if necessary, creating a position for Cesar Azpilicueta. Ashley Cole returns after an ankle injury, but Frank Lampard is still out.
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