Chelsea will look to continue their revival under Guus Hiddink as they take on Swansea City in the Premier League. The Swans would be at home and another win against the Blues would probably guarantee safety for the Welsh side but they do seem to be safe.
Chelsea, on the other hand, will be looking at three points as they need to get as many points as possible and hope to make it into the European places for next season. Last time around, Chelsea defeated a hapless Aston Villa team by four goals, Alexandre Pato scored but it was Pedro who got two goals and grabbed the attention of many.
Swansea weren’t half bad as well since they got an important point against Stoke away from home. That result seems even better considering the fact that they were down 2-0 in the second half.
Both teams need wins for different reasons and we provide three key battles which can decide the fate of the three points.
Ashley Williams vs. Alexandre Pato
The captain of Swansea, Ashley Williams has been one of the most consistent players in the Premier League and even though the Swans have not had the best season so far, he has been one of their better players and will be looking to keep a clean sheet for the side.
Pato was on the bench for Chelsea but got his chance to show what he is capable of when he had to replace Loic Remy. Pato looks sharp and the Swansea defence would have to be careful when they do deal with the Brazilian who would be looking to score a goal or two.
Angel Rangel vs. Pedro
The two Spaniards will be looking to show just how good they are. Rangel has been another player who has been an ever reliable player for the Welsh team but he could be facing one of his toughest opponents on Saturday.
Pedro seems to be rejuvenated as he tries to ensure he has a ticket to the Euros with the Spanish team. The winger scored twice in the last game for Chelsea but that was against Aston Villa, almost anyone could score against them. This might be a tougher battle and it could be a battle to watch for the entirety of the game.
Gylfi Sigurdsson vs. Nemanja Matic
Gylfi is the spark for Swansea, especially when Andre Ayew has been out of action for such a long time. The Icelandic international has had yet another brilliant season and he would have to be stopped in his tracks if Chelsea are to win the game.
Matic wasn’t in the starting XI in the last game and would be looking to make an impression as he is sure to start in this one and keeping Gylfi in his pocket could be one of the tougher tasks he has had to deal with in this campaign, which hasn’t been that great for him personally.