Bony-less Swans Host League Leaders

Wilfried Bony has made a big money move to Manchester City. Image: Getty Images.

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Swansea v Chelsea


Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Sunday January 18 – 1:00am (AEST)

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After selling Wilfried Bony to champions Manchester City, the Swans start life without the star striker against a red-hot Chelsea side on Sunday morning (AEST).

Hovering around mid-table in ninth position, Swansea have enjoyed a relatively strong first half of the season. Gary Monk’s men have already claimed the scalps of Manchester United and Arsenal this campaign, and the Welsh outfit will no doubt be keen to add Chelsea to that list. The Liberty Stadium has been somewhat of a fortress for Swansea, losing just two matches to sixth place Tottenham and third place Southampton. Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has been pulling the strings in the Swans’ attack all season, and with four goals and eight assists already to his name, he’s vastly becoming one of the most feared players in the league.

After dropping off over the festive season, league leaders Chelsea got back to winning ways with a 2-0 triumph at the expense of Newcastle. Brazilian midfielder Oscar ended his 10-game scoring drought with a goal and an assist, while Diego Costa also chimed in to lift his season tally to 15. The Spaniard has been scoring goals for fun since his big money move from Athletico Madrid, and he remains the favourite in the most goals market. After losing his place between the sticks following a 5-3 drubbing by Spurs, Thibaut Courtois is set to take his place back in the Chelsea goal. The Belgium international has kept seven clean sheets so far this season, third only to Fraser Foster and Lukasz Fabianski.

Chelsea head into this match as clear-cut favourites, and deservedly so. With no more Bony to spearhead the Swans’ attack, who will step up to the plate in Wales?   

 

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