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Swans prepare to host league leaders Chelsea

Swansea City will be hoping to make it two wins out of two this Saturday Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Swansea City are preparing to host top of the table Chelsea this afternoon - and despite the Londoners being ten points ahead of the Swans in the table, there is little doubt that Michael Laudrup's men will be buoyed by their convincing 3-1 midweek win in the Capital One cup against former manager Brendan Rogers' Liverpool.

It's been a hectic week all-in-all for the Swans. It began a week ago when they faced Premier League champions Manchester City.

Another convincing performance saw Swansea frustrate their opponents with both sides cancelling each other out in the first half at the Etihad Stadium.

Unfortunately, Argentinian Striker Carlos Teves prevented the Swans from securing their most prolific win of the season by scoring a stunning goal in the 61st minute.

Last season Swansea were cruelly denied victory against Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium. A deflected goal in injury time robbed the Swans of a memorable victory and salvaged an unlikely draw for the visitors.

The Swans have lost just one of the last eight Premier League games at the Liberty Stadium, but after last weekend's defeat to Manchester United their opponents will be sure to be looking to get back to winning ways and cement their early lead as table-toppers.

Meanwhile Cardiff City are leaving their fortress at the Cardiff City Stadium where they have won their last seven home matches and will travel to Bolton today.

After a 4-0 thrashing of Burnley last Saturday the Bluebirds are sitting in pole position in the Championship but with only 3 points separating them and Leicester City Malky Mackay's men are going to look to take an early lead against Bolton who are currently sitting precariously above the drop zone in 18th.

The Manchester side will have new manager, Dougie Freedman in charge for this match against City. The 38-year-old left Crystal Palace to join Wanderers after the club sacked Owen Colye last month after just three wins in their first 10 matches.

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