Chelsea know nothing less than a perfect Premier League festive run will see their hopes of winning back-to-back titles disappear.
Swansea head to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, with Antonio Conte’s champions sitting third in the table and 11 points behind leaders Manchester City after just 13 games.
Willian rescued a late 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday, but the Blues cannot afford to drop many more points if they are to stand a chance of catching Pep Guardiola’s men.
Luckily for Chelsea, former Blues assistant coach Paul Clement returns to the Bridge with a low-scoring Swansea side who are winless in five and in a relegation battle as they sit 19th in the table.
Chelsea’s Conte may opt to rest a few key men given Swansea’s relative lack of firepower. Wing-back Victor Moses is available following a six-week hamstring injury absence and could well start on the right flank.
Striker Michy Batshuayi (ankle), forward Charly Musonda (knee) and the left-sided Kenedy (undisclosed) remain out.
Chelsea predicted starting XI:
Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Moses, Drinkwater, Kante, Alonso, Willian, Morata, Hazard
Swansea predicted starting XI:
Fabianski, Naughton, Van Der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Mesa, Ki, Carroll, Renato Sanches, Ayew, Bony
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Source: EneNaija Video