Talking Points

Chelsea will return to Premier League action on Saturday evening when they take on relegation-threatened Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Antonio Conte’s side recently booked their place in the FA Cup final after they comfortably beat Southampton 2-0 at Wembley last Sunday.

Now, they will be hoping to close a difficult five-point gap on fourth-placed Tottenham by picking up all three points in Wales.

Here are the three Swansea players who could hurt Conte’s men at the weekend:

#1 Jordan Ayew

The versatile attacker is the club’s leading Premier League goalscorer this season with seven strikes, including three goals in his last four matches at the Liberty Stadium. If the Chelsea backline can keep Ayew quiet then they have a big chance in securing that all-important clean sheet. However, if they allow Ayew time on the ball then he will cause problems to the defence with his non-stop runs and ability to test the keeper from distance.

#2 Lukasz Fabianski

It’s perhaps rare for a goalkeeper to get a mention when talking about the threat of the opposition but Lukasz Fabianski has been one of Swansea’s best performers during these past 24 months. There is no doubt that the Chelsea attack will test the Swan’s brittle backline, particularly, after they conceded five away at Manchester City last Sunday. However, Fabianski has a habit of winning points for his side by producing wonder save after wonder save. Carlos Carvahal will be hoping he has one of those days at the weekend.

#3 Andre Ayew

The second Ayew brother, who on his day, is as good as Jordan. One thing Chelsea can expect from Andre is energy, directness and the ability to beat a man. Whilst Jordan will lead the line, Andre will, more than likely, play out wide or just behind his brother. Either way, his energy and strength on the ball will cause problems for Conte’s side, who will be facing a team fighting for their lives. The Welsh outfit are currently one place and four points above the drop zone. If they do secure the points at the weekend, and other results go their way, then they could relegate Stoke City which will make their chances of surviving that little easier.