Swansea beat Newcastle 1-0 in the match immediately after their Carling Cup final triumph but since then things haven’t gone too well for Michael Laudrup’s charges who have taken just two points from their last five games.
They don’t look set to add to that tally either at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea are home banker material at odds of 4/11 via bet365.
Boosted by their Europa League triumph in Basel on Thursday, the Blues are also in decent form on their own patch, having won their last five Premier League home matches and as only Manchester City have conceded fewer goals in front of their own supporters, Rafa Benitez’s troops stand out at 8/5 with Coral to prevail ‘to nil’.
The case for that wager is made stronger by the Swans’ lack of away goals and subsequently, for punters seeking to bet a touch more speculatively, BetVictor’s 8/1 marked against a 2-0 Chelsea success isn’t without appeal.
In attack meanwhile, Demba Ba will be raring to go given that he’s unavailable for the Blues’ European assignments and Betfred price the former Newcastle man at 11/10 to find the net at some point.