Swansea City vs. Chelsea  1 - 1

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Premier League: Swansea 1 Chelsea 1

3 November 2012 18:08

Chelsea missed their chance to return to the top of the Premier League after being held to a 1-1 draw by Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Having struggled to create many chances against a resolute Swansea defence in the opening hour of the game it was a simple corner routine that resulted in the opening goal. Gary Cahill rose to meet Eden Hazard's right-wing corner and Victor Moses glanced the ball into the net from inside the six yard box.

The home side levelled things up with three minutes to play after an accomplished Pablo Hernandez strike from outside the penalty area which beat Petr Cech's outstretched left hand.

Despite a slow start Chelsea were never overpowered and as the half wore on they gradually started to make an impression on the game, with the half's two best chances falling to two of their key attackers.

Brazilian Oscar was the first to be gifted a chance to test Gerhard Tremmel but his 25-yard free kick struck the wall, and in the 19th minute Eden Hazard found himself in acres of space but his shot flew over the bar much to the delight of the home fans.

Hazard tested Tremmel shortly after the break but the German goalkeeper was able to hold onto the Belgian's low shot from the edge of the area.

Just after the hour mark, Chelsea's second-half pressure paid off as Moses grabbed his first goal for the club in the Premier League. Hazard delivered a corner onto the head of Cahill, whose header was glanced on by Moses and into goal.

Michael Laudrup's men worked hard in the final half-an-hour of the game and got their reward with minutes to spare as substitute Itay Shechter found Hernandez on the edge of the area, the forward making himself some space and firing past Cech from the edge of the penalty area.

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Premier League preview: Swansea v Chelsea

1 November 2012 14:32

Chelsea travel to the Stadium of Light on Saturday to face Swansea intent on reversing their first Premier League defeat of the season.

The Blues' lead was pegged back to just a point to both Manchester sides but it could have, and probably should have, been very different if some of the decisions had fallen their way at Stamford Bridge in a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

Chelsea felt aggrieved with referee Mark Clattenburg's decision to send off both Branislav Ivanovic and striker Fernando Torres for a disputable dive before Javier Hernandez netted the winner for United from what looked to be an offside position.

After recovering from two goals down, unfortunate would be the best way to describe the sequence of events that led to Chelsea's first dropped points of the season.

Roberto Di Matteo's side earned their vengeance in a pulsating 5-4 extra-time win over Sir Alex Ferguson's side at Stamford Bridge in the League Cup on Wednesday but will be looking to reinstate their dominance at the top of the league against Swansea on Saturday.

Di Matteo went as far as to claim the win against United validated his side after the events that transpired on Sunday despite Ferguson claiming Chelsea were 'too much' for his young side.

"We wanted to show that Sunday's game was really heavily influenced by the officials," Di Matteo said.

Defender John Terry still has a match of his four-game ban to serve for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, meaning Gary Cahill will likely continue in the heart of defence.

Midfielder Frank Lampard is still another week away with a calf/shin injury while Swansea are reeling from the loss of star goalkeeper Michel Vorm, who tore a groin muscle and will miss up to six weeks.

Michael Laudrup's side's stoic defence drew a stuttering performance from City but the champions' goal eventually came through Carlos Tevez in the 61st minute, sending Swansea back to Wales with no points.

A sweet 3-1 victory over Liverpool under old manager Brendan Rodgers in the League Cup on Wednesday would have lifted Swansea's spirits and served as a reminder of the flashes of brilliance the side is capable.

Thumping back-to-back wins over QPR (5-0) and West Ham (3-0) to open the Premier League have been followed with a less-than-impressive run of one win in seven games but Laudrup's side know they are capable of troubling even the best sides in the Premier League on their day.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25