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Antonio Conte’s Chelsea go head-to-head with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

With four games to go in the Premier League season, Chelsea are fifth, five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, who play Watford on Monday.

Swansea are one place above the relegation zone and hold a four-point advantage over Southampton and Stoke – the two clubs directly below them – heading into the weekend.

Carvalhal’s side have not won since a 4-1 home victory over West Ham on March 3, but Carlos Carvalhal is upbeat about Swansea’s survival prospects with three of their last four games at the Liberty Stadium.
16:55: I think Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal might well have taken a swipe at Antonio Conte earlier this week.

Conte caused a stir when he claimed Burnley boss Sean Dyche has an easier job compared to managers competing at the top end of the table and backed by bigger transfer budgets.

But Carvalhal believes managers at the top clubs have it easy compared to the role he inherited at Swansea at the end of 2017.

“Of all the jobs in the Premier League, I think ours is the hardest of all of them,” Carvalhal said. “Why? Because when we arrived we were five points adrift, no-one else was playing in this condition in this competition.

“I did not prepare the team at the start to win the title or to go to Europe. I accepted the challenge midway through the season when we were bottom, in the relegation zone. There is no harder situation in the competition, absolutely sure.”TEAM NEWS – SWANSEA

16:45: Carlos Carvalhal has made two changes. Federico Fernandez (injured) and Tom Carroll (bench) are replaced by Connor Roberts and Sam Clucas for today’s clash.

Swansea vs Chelsea: Premier League latest score, news and updates from the Liberty Stadium

 

It’s nice to see Renato Sanches return to the squad after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

TEAM NEWS – CHELSEA

16:40: As previously mentioned, Olivier Giroud keeps his place in the Chelsea starting XI after impressing against Southampton in the FA Cup.

He starts alongside Eden Hazard in a 3-5-2 formation at the Liberty Stadium.

Thibaut Courtois is back in goal as Emerson Palmieri replaces the suspended Marcos Alonso, who will be available next week.

Elsewhere there is no place for Willian or Alvaro Morata, they will have to make an impact from the substitutes bench.SWANSEA vs CHELSEA

16:30: And here are your line-ups folks. Antonio Conte continues with Olivier Giroud in attack, and why wouldn’t you after that Lionel Messi-esque goal against Southampton.

Premier League LIVE scores: Everton, Newcastle and Southampton in action

 

Swansea XI: Fabianski, Naughton, Van Der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Roberts, Ki, Clucas, King, J Ayew, A Ayew.

Subs: Nordfelt, Britton, Dyer, Carroll, Routledge, Rangel, Sanches.

Chelsea XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger, Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Emerson, Hazard, Giroud.

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Barkley, Pedro, Willian, Morata.SWANSEA vs CHELSEA

Swansea could be without defensive duo Federico Fernandez and Kyle Bartley. The pair both face scans on knee injuries and, if ruled out, could force manager Carlos Carvalhal into playing four at the back rather than three central defenders.

Dutch winger Luciano Narsingh is another doubt with an ankle problem, but Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches could return to the squad for the first time since the end of January after a hamstring problem.

Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso will complete his three-match ban. The Blues have no fresh injury concerns, but could make changes following the FA Cup semi-final win over Southampton, with Thibaut Courtois expected to return in goal.

Danny Drinkwater (groin) was left out at Wembley but could return, but defenders David Luiz (knee) and Ethan Ampadu (ankle) are out.

Last season: Chelsea 3 Swansea 1, Swansea 2 Chelsea 2

Top scorers (all competitions): Jordan Ayew (Swansea) 11; Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 16

Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham)

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PFA team of the year: Pogba included, Hazard absent on list

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Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has been named in the PFA Team of the Year.

Pogba was the only non-Liverpool or Manchester City player to make the PFA Team of the Year.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard misses out in a side which is dominated by Liverpool and Manchester City players.

The team is set to be revealed on Thursday and is voted for by players in the Premier League.

Four Liverpool players have made the cut, including Virgil van Dijk, who has won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year ahead of Raheem Sterling.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been named in the PFA Team of the Year for the second successive season, while Bernardo Silva is also included after his brilliant season for the Premier League champions.

Hazard misses out for the second year running, despite being on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year.

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Hazard to earn £400,000 weekly in Real Madrid

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Eden Hazard will be offered £400,000-a-week to join Real Madrid this summer and a new house, the UK Sun reports.

The Belgian superstar is ready to quit Chelsea and has his heart set on a move to Spain.

Zinedine Zidane is back in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu and is planning to overhaul his squad after this season.

Hazard is top of his wish list and Zidane is also said to want Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

For Hazard, Madrid will sweeten the deal, by throwing in a luxury property and help with his relocation costs.

Chelsea won’t stand in the player’s way, but expect the LaLiga giants to get near their £95million valuation, even though Hazard’s contract expires in summer 2020.

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Why Chelsea was unable to defeat Burnley – David Luiz

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Chelsea’s central defender, David Luiz has explained why his side drew 2-2 with Burnley on Monday night.

Luiz said Burnley refused to play the game and adopted time wasting techniques.

Mourizio Sarri’s men missed the chance to go to third position in the Premier League on Monday.

Jeff Hendrick had given the visitors a shock lead with a sensational volley from outside the area.

But N’Golo Kante scored an almost instant equaliser after good work from Eden Hazard on the left.

Gonzalo Higuain then put Chelsea into the lead with a well-taken strike from the angle, but Ashley Barnes stunned the home fans after sliding the Clarets level after a well-worked set piece.

Chelsea pushed hard for a late winner, but Sean Dyche’s side were well organised and defended their box masterfully to take a point which surely guarantees their safety from relegation.

Luiz told Sky Sports, “We tried everything to win the game. It’s difficult when you play against a team who have two chances and score two goals and didn’t want to play the game.

“It’s anti-football. Losing time [time wasting] all the time, especially when you have the ball. Their players went to the floor and stopped the game.

“They were playing 11 inside the box. It’s difficult to score against a team like that.”

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