Chelsea v Swansea: Costa to net as Blues win to nil

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The only two teams with perfect Premier League records clash this weekend and Chelsea look likely to be the only side running at 100 per cent come the final whistle.

Swansea have surprised many so far after building on an opening day win over Manchester United to win three on the bounce and sit second in the league on goal difference alone.

However, the Swans’ billing as 10/1 underdogs highlights the gulf between the Welsh side and fellow pace setters Chelsea, who are odds on at 2/7 to take all three points.

The draw can be backed at 9/2 but with just one draw in five meetings it looks like someone’s ‘0’ is set to go. Here’s how to back Chelsea at longer odds.

Chelsea to win to nil @ 17/20

Chelsea, like any Jose Mourinho side, are incredibly strong at home, losing just one of their last 29 League outings at Stamford Bridge.

More impressive though is their knack for keeping clean sheets.

The Blues have been breached at the back just once in their last nine league games in west London and after taking the last three meetings with Swansea to nil are a good price to do so again.

HT/FT – Draw/Chelsea @ 27/10

Chelsea may be the most likely winners but the stats suggest the hosts will not come flying out the blocks.

The Pensioners have gone in all square at the break in each of their last three games at home, while Swansea are yet to be behind after 45 minutes in the league or League Cup this season.

Diego Costa to score first @ 3/1

He may be the obvious choice but for good reason. The Spain striker was given an international reprieve in midweek and should be fit to start for Chelsea to continue the great start to his Stamford Bridge career.

Costa has scored in each of Chelsea’s last four games and in three of those matches he netted the first goal – building on the form that saw him open the scoring 10 times for Atletico Madrid last season.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.