Wednesday, November 29, 2017 7:45 PM
Fulham Road, North, London, SW6 1HS, United Kingdom
Homeground of Chelsea
Event DescriptionChelsea Vs Swansea City Chelsea, the reigning champions should operate with caution against a Swansea side that will be eager to get their season started after achieving a record-high points total under Gary Monk in the league last year and carrying out some shrewd business in the summer transfer window.
Chelsea have seemingly adopted the mantra 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' ahead of the coming season. Their only notable signings have been replacements for back-up players who have moved on. Asmir Begovic has come in from Stoke for Petr Cech, and Radamel Falcao has joined on loan from Monaco to fill the void left by the departed Didier Drogba.
One player the club have continued to chase is Everton's John Stones. Mourinho sees Stones as a potential long-term replacement for the ageing John Terry. Not that he should have too much to worry about in that department, though, as Chelsea's defence conceded the fewest goals of any Premier League side last season.
One to watch: Victor Moses could be a surprise package for the Blues this season. Whether he will earn a starting berth remains to be seen, but the winger has been in superb pre-season form, netting a key goal against PSG, and Mourinho has publicly announced that he features in his plans for the upcoming season.
Swansea City struggled to score goals after the departure of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City in the January transfer window and will be hoping that new signings Eder and Andre Ayew will be able to help out Bafetimbi Gomis in that respect. After narrowly missing out on qualifying for the Europa League last season, European football is the new target for Swansea. The club qualified for the competition two seasons ago after winning the 2013/13 League Cup, but, with a stronger and more experienced squad, Swansea are now targeting a path to the competition through a top six finish.
One to watch: Andre Ayew could be the flair player Swansea have been searching for since former club hero, Michu, went on loan to Napoli and decided upon his return that Wales wasn't for him. A more pacy and direct player than Michu, Ayew is comfortable both on the wing and behind the main striker.
With Diego Costa reportedly suffering a fresh hamstring injury, the blues could struggle to convert chances into goals, as is often the case in his absence. However, with Swansea likely to be fielding a new-look attack that has yet to gel, the chances that they will break through Chelsea's resolute defence are also slim. A stalemate looks likely.