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Swansea return to the Liberty Stadium after being dumped out of the FA Cup at Bolton. Brendan Rodgers’ side saw their four-game Barclays Premier League unbeaten run come to an end at Sunderland last time out and will be glad to return to home soil, where they beat Arsenal in their previous outing. Indeed, they have only tasted defeat once on their own patch this term, a 1-0 reverse to Manchester United, picking up 20 of their 26 points at home. Chelsea edged past QPR in the FA Cup on Saturday in controversial fashion. The Blues are unbeaten in their last six on the road, conceding just three goals in the process.
• Danny Graham has scored in four of his last six Premier League starts at the Liberty Stadium.
• Fernando Torres has now failed to score in 11 consecutive PL apps, beating his previous worst record of 10 apps (Jan-Apr 2011).
Brendan Rodgers will select his favoured XI for the visit of Chelsea after making several changes for Saturday's FA Cup tie against Bolton and the likes of Michel Vorm, Steven Caulker, Neil Taylor, Joe Allen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Danny Graham are all set to return. But on-loan midfielder Josh McEachran is unavailable for selection against his parent club.
Chelsea captain John Terry is ruled out after aggravating a knee injury. That means £7million January signing Gary Cahill should make his debut for the club alongside Brazilian David Luiz at the heart of defence. Frank Lampard misses out with a calf niggle, John Obi Mikel has a hamstring injury, and Ramires faces up to four weeks on the sidelines with medial knee ligament damage.
Possible starting XIs:
M Vorm • A Rangel, S Caulker, A Williams, N Taylor • L Britton, J Allen • N Dyer, G Sigurdsson, S Sinclair • D Graham
P Cech • B Ivanovic (or J Bosingwa), D Luiz, G Cahill, A Cole • R Meireles, O Romeu, F Malouda • D Sturridge, F Torres, JM Mata