Chelsea will be hoping to beat Swansea City and keep their top position in the Premier LeagueReuters

Chelsea travel to Wales to take on Swansea City as they look to maintain their top position in the English Premier League.

Following a brilliant start to the 2014/15 Premier League campaign, the Blues seemed to lose a little focus midway into the season and this resulted in them dropping points against Sunderland, Newcastle, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur.

This drop in form allowed defending champions Manchester City to go level on points with Jose Mourinho's men for the first time this season, but the Blues again opened up a two-point cushion following their win over Newcastle and the Citizens' draw at Everton in the last round of Premier League fixtures.

Despite their being suggestions that the Blues are still suffering from low morale following their 5-3 drubbing at Tottenham Hotspur, Mourinho claims that his side have now returned back to "normality" following their 2-0 win at Newcastle.

"We made mistakes defensively against Tottenham and after that we beat Newcastle 2-0 - another clean sheet and back to normality which is to be a balanced team and not make many mistakes defensively. I have fantastic defenders. The team defends very, very well," the Portuguese told the club's official website.

The former Inter Milan boss says that he is pleased with the team's performances so far as they are right on course to achieve their objectives.

"What we as a team have done is enough for us to be top of the league on 16 January. It was good enough to reach our objectives and to be alive in the three knock-out competitions."

Nonetheless Mourinho insists that his "young team" still have a lot of room for improvement.

"We have young players and a young team," he said. "We have a lot of space to improve, not just this season but next season and the season after, but we have always been in control of our emotions and we are ready for the second part of the season."

Meanwhile Swansea will also look to get a positive result against the Blues on Saturday despite not being in the best of forms of late.

The Swans have failed to register a single win in their last three fixtures, suffering a humiliating defeat against Liverpool and drawing against Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United.

The recent departure of Wilfred Bony to Manchester City for a reported £25 million will also be a big blow to the Welsh side as the Ivorian was their top scorer, netting 9 goals from 20 Premier League appearances this season.

However, Swans boss Gary Monk is confident that French striker Bafétimbi Gomis will step up and fill in the void left by Bony's departure.

"Bafe is different to Bony but he has undoubted quality and he has proved in his career he is a number one striker," said Monk.

"He is my number one striker for this period coming up until the end of the season and when you look at the three starts he has had in the last three games I think we have seen a lot from him."

Despite admitting that Chelsea are an "exceptional team", Monk says that his side will try their best to "put on a performance" against the Blues on Saturday.

"It's a really good challenge for us," Monk was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "I think they're an exceptional team, one of the best in Europe. It's a challenge for my players and it's a challenge for myself to really try and put on a performance and hopefully we can warrant a good result."

Where to Watch Live

The match is scheduled for a 3 pm GMT (8.30 pm IST, 10 am ET) start with live coverage in India on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD 2. The EPL match can also be watched online via live streaming by viewers in India on

There will be no live coverage of the match on TV in the UK, but live audio commentary will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.

The game will also not be broadcast on TV in the US, but viewers can stream the action live on NBC Sports Extra.Australia viewers can  live stream the action on Fox Sports On Demand.

Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the match on Bein Sports Arabia or via Live Streaming online courtesy Bein Sports Connect, while South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa viewers can do the same on SuperSport or SuperSport online.

Expected lineups: Swansea City: Fabianski; Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor; Britton, Carroll; Routledge, Sigurdsson, Dyer; Gomis

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Luis; Matic, Mikel; Hazard, Fabregas, Willian; Costa.

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