Antonio Conte leads Chelsea to the Liberty Stadium against Swansea City for his fourth game in the Premier League. The Italian so far has a 100% record this season, enjoying three Premier League wins and a League Cup win. He will be up against another Italian manager (the second this season after Watford’s Walter Mazzari) in Francesco Guidolin.
Who comes out tops? Will the Blues continue their fine start to the season or will the Swans get their groove on at the expense of the former champions?
New signing Alfie Mawson is in the squad for the game, while full-back Neil Taylor returns from a post-Euro 2016 break
Record signing Borja Baston is also expected to play some part for the first time after recovering from a thigh injury.
New signings David Luiz and Marcos Alonso are unlikely to start according to head coach Antonio Conte, but both are expected to make the bench after joining from PSG and Fiorentina respectively.
Meanwhile, Kurt Zouma is still out as he’s yet to attain full fitness after recovering from a knee injury he suffered last season
Head to Head Stats
Swansea’s 1-0 defeat of Chelsea in this fixture last season was their first league victory and clean sheet in 12 games against the Blues, since a 3-0 win in April 1981.
Chelsea have scored more goals against Swansea than any other Premier League side has (21).
Since beating Chelsea 1-0 in April, the Swans have kept just one clean sheet in eight Premier League games.
Diego Costa has scored more Premier League goals against Swansea than any other opponent he has faced (5).
Chelsea’s 5-0 win at the Liberty Stadium in January 2015 is Swansea’s heaviest top-flight home defeat.
Swansea have conceded more goals (21) against Chelsea than any other Premier League side.
Swansea have lost their last two league matches but they are yet to lose three straight league games under Francesco Guidolin.
After failing to score in 11 Premier League games last season, Leroy Fer has scored in two of his three outings this season.
Antonio Conte could become the fourth Chelsea manager to win his opening four Premier League matches, joining Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti.
Chelsea won their first four league games in all four of their title-winning seasons: 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10 and 2014-15.
What are the managers saying?
Francesco Guidolin, Swansea: “He (Conte) played with Juventus for 13 years and I managed Vicenza, Udinese and Bologna teams against him. Every year I met him and he almost always won because Juventus had the best squad in Italy, and Serie A was the most important league in that period.
“His career as a player was good and now he has a very good career as manager. He is one of the most important managers in Europe.”
Antonio Conte, Chelsea: “We have bought David Luiz because we need a centre-back. In this squad, there were Cahill and Terry, and sometimes we adapt Branislav Ivanovic in this role. But we needed centre-backs so, for that reason, we bought him.
“I know David Luiz has played in midfield before but, in my mind now, that is not an idea for us. I think this squad can play 3-4-3, not 3-5-2 like the national team in Italy and Juventus but, because of the characteristics of the players, we can play 3-4-3.”