Swansea v Chelsea team news

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Chelsea travel to southern Wales on Tuesday evening as they look to become only the second team to beat Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium this season, Kick-Off 19:45.

In the reverse fixture this season, Chelsea ran out 4-1 winners at Stamford Bridge with Ramires (twice), Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba scoring in a comfortable victory for the Blues against the Welsh side.

However, Swansea, who sit eight points clear of the relegation spots, showed they can perform against the best teams in the league by beating Arsenal 3-2 at the Liberty Stadium back on January 15 and drawing against Tottenham and Liverpool this season.

Swansea boss Brendan Rogers, a former youth team and reserve manager at Chelsea, believes his side can produce another shock against one of the top teams in the Premier League on Tuesday.

He said: “As soon as you get that first victory against a so-called big club, that gives you motivation and belief. Ultimately, though, at home no matter who the opponent is we have a great belief we can get a good result.”

Ferrie Bodde (knee) is the only expected absentee for Brendan Rodgers, while Nathan Dyer, Danny Graham and Scott Sinclair should return after missing Swansea’s 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Bolton on Saturday. On loan Swansea midfielder Josh McEachran is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Frank Lampard is rated 50-50 to return against Swansea tomorrow after he missed Chelsea’s 1-0 win against QPR in the FA Cup on Saturday with a calf injury. Andre Villas-Boas will definitely be without midfielder Ramires after he was ruled out for up to four weeks with medial ligament damage.

John Obi Mikel (hamstring) is also out, while Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou are still on African Nations Cup duty with the Ivory Coast.

Prediction: 2-2

Possible Line-Ups:

Swansea City: Vorm, Williams, Caulker, Taylor, Rangel, Allen, Britton, Sigurdsson, Dyer, Graham, Sinclair

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Cole, Romeu, Essien, Meireles, Sturridge, Torres, Mata


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