Swansea v Chelsea - Sunday 16:00, Sky Sports 1
Swansea were abysmal against Leicester and look set for a long, arduous season ahead. It is difficult to see what Francesco Guidolin’s game plan actually is, with no discernible pattern of play and baffling substitutions like that of Gylfi Sigurdsson against the Foxes.
With Swansea’s upcoming fixtures against Chelsea, Southampton, Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal, it is hard to envision anything other than a miserable start to the season. The only reason for optimism lies in the return from injury of £15.5m signing Borja Baston, which Swansea fans must hope leaves Fernando Llorente less isolated up front.
Chelsea put in their most accomplished performance of the season so far against Burnley, outclassing their opponents in a comfortable 3-0 victory. The team looked much more balanced and showed genuine title potential, registering their first clean sheet at home since January with even Oscar tracking back to make tackles. With a disjointed Swansea side for opponents, we think there’s value in Chelsea to win both halves at 4.4.
The surprising return of David Luiz has led many to question whether Antonio Conte will switch to a back three, but the former Juventus manager ought to refrain from the temptation and avoid tinkering with the balance. Such a move would force Eden Hazard into the centre and prevent him from cutting onto his right foot from the left wing where he is most effective. The only other alternative would be to play him as a wing-back, but the star man operates far better from a higher starting position.