Chelsea vs. Swansea City: Preview and TV schedule

Shaun Botterill

Chelsea host Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, looking to move top of the Premier League table.

After their cagey draw against Arsenal on Monday night, Chelsea are down in fourth place, just a couple of points adrift of the top of the Premier League table. They welcome Swansea City to Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day, looking to extend their unbeaten home run. Having won seven of their opening eight games in front of their own fans, they're strong favourites to pick up a win.

They face a Swansea side which has struggled for consistency so far this season, having now not won in their last three league games. They've had to juggle domestic football with the Europa League, and are currently down in an unspectacular 12th place. That combined with a string of unfortunate injuries to important players, it's hard to see them picking up a result on Thursday.

Chelsea's only early absentees are Marco van Ginkel and Ryan Bertrand, though Swansea have a string of first-teamers unavailable. Michu and Álvaro Vázquez's injuries have left them short in attack, while backup goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel will be called into action in the absence of Michel Vorm. Nathan Dyer and Gary Monk are both also unavailable.

Chelsea injuries and suspensions

Out: Marco van Ginkel (knee), Ryan Bertrand (knee). In doubt: None.

Swansea City injuries and suspensions

Out: Gary Monk (knee), Álvaro Vázquez (groin), Nathan Dyer (ankle), Michu (ankle), Michel Vorm (knee). In doubt: None.

Projected lineups

Chelsea: Petr Čech; César Azpilicueta, John Tery, David Luiz, Branislav Ivanović; Ramires, John Obi Mikel; Eden Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata; Fernando Torres.

Swansea City: Gerhard Tremmel; Ben Davies, Ashley Williams, Chico Flores, Àngel Rangel; Jonathan de Guzmán, José Cañas; Wayne Routledge, Jonjo Shelvey, Pablo Hernández; Wilfried Bony.

Match Date/Time: Thursday, 3 p.m. local, 10 a.m. ET

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, England

TV: NBC Sports Network (U.S.), TSN2 (Canada)

Online: NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S.)

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