Chelsea had quite a stuttering start to the season with their performances in the Champions League in particular being below par.
After Monday’s boring goalless draw against Arsenal I think you would have to expect a little bit more attacking prowess from Jose Mourinho’s men in this game. A fixture against Liverpool follows this one for the home side so Thursday’s game may be key if they want to keep themselves up in the title mix into the New Year.
For Swansea the aims are slightly different, but I doubt the effort will be any less. Michael Laudrup‘s side are currently 12th in the Premier League and do not have the greatest of away records, taking nine points in the eight games so far.
Add to that the fact that star striker Michu will be out for six weeks and this could be a very bad time for the Welsh side. After Chelsea they will then face Manchester City and Aston Villa.
Swansea fans may point to the fact that they beat Chelsea 2-0 in January last year when they both met in the League Cup Semifinal. Of course from there they won the Cup and progressed to the Europa League competition for this year.
That exact competition could be part of the reason for their woes currently as the qualification process and a season which started two weeks before the Premier League and two playoff games before they could even claim a place in the Group stages have worn them down.
I do not think you can look for anything but a home victory in this game; anything else would be fantastic for Laudrup and disaster for Mourinho.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on Facebook.