Chelsea to rectify recent away blips by edging past Swansea

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Losses to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace on the road led Jose Mourinho to claim his side’s title chances were over.

However, the ‘Coy One’ wasn’t fooling anyone and with title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City doing battle just before this game against Swansea, there will be huge incentive for the second-placed Blues to take maximum points from south Wales.

Given Swansea’s own predicament near the bottom, Garry Monk’s side are bound to make life particularly difficult for the visitors, but Chelsea’s extra quality and preference for playing on Sundays can make the telling difference.

Amazingly, the last nine times Chelsea have taken to the field on a Sunday they have wound up victorious in the Premier League.

Furthermore, the Blues have never lost three successive away games in the same Premier League season under Mourinho.

Chelsea chalking up another three points as the roast dinners are cleared away can be backed at 3/4, while the draw – as it has been the last two time the sides have in the league at the Liberty – is 11/4 and Swansea are 4/1.

Games between these sides have always been close as was the narrow 1-0 victory for Chelsea in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge, courtesy of Eden Hazard’s first-half strike.

And given Chelsea have failed to find the net in any of their last two away from the Bridge, it’s likely to be the odd goal that settles it here.

A Chelsea win by a one-goal margin is available at 11/4, while backing fewer than 1.5 total goals could also prove to be lucrative at 13/5.

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Christian Crowther

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