Chelsea v Swansea – Match preview and team news

Chelsea continue their exhausting fixture schedule though the visit of a Swansea side that mentally look to have gone on their holidays since their Capital One Cup triumph in late February should not hold too much trouble for them.

The Blues are on a high and look likely to reach the final of the Europa League having secured a semi-final first-leg victory in Basel on Thursday, and interim boss Rafael Benitez looks set to rotate his squad once more against the Swans.

Chelsea know they could well have dropped down into fifth position by the time they kick off against Michael Laudrup’s side as Tottenham play the day before them and with no potential triumph in the Champions League to fall back on as happened last season, Benitez and particularly owner Roman Abramovich will know that securing a place in the top four and Europe’s elite competition for next season is of paramount importance.

The likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard, Victor Moses and Fernando Torres all look set to return to the bench with Gary Cahill, John Obi Mikel, Juan Mata and Demba Ba all returning. Ryan Bertrand may also come in at left-back, with Ashley Cole only just having recovered from a hamstring injury in Switzerland on Thursday.

Swansea have no new injury worries as they look for only their second victory since their maiden major trophy triumph.

Left-back Neil Taylor will take his place on the bench once mores as he makes a gradual return from a broken leg and dislocated ankle. Laudrup also must choose whether to field Michu as a striker as he did in the Swans’ 2-0 Capital One Cup semi-final triumph at Stamford Bridge in January, or move the Spaniard back into midfield with either Luke Moore or Itay Shechter starting up front.

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