EPL: Do Swansea Have a Chance to Upset Chelsea on Saturday?

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistNovember 2, 2012

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 25:  Michu of Swansea celebrates scoring the second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and West Ham United at the Liberty Stadium on August 25, 2012 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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At the beginning of the EPL season, Swansea City were an unknown quantity with new manager Michael Laudrup, who had never managed in England during his career, and new signings that were brought in from Spain like Michu, Chico Flores and Pablo Hernandez.

The Swans surprised everyone, maybe even themselves as well, with a brilliant start to the season as they scored eight goals in their first two matches and were on top of the EPL table for a brief spell.

Since that somewhat miraculous hot start to the season, the Swans have hit a cold streak of form with just five points from their last seven matches.

Although the Welsh club have cooled off since their hot start in August, they are riding a small wave of momentum heading into Saturday's home match at the Liberty Stadium with league leaders Chelsea.

Laudrup and company beat Wigan in the EPL two weeks ago and were only beaten 1-0 by Manchester City last weekend on the road.

On Wednesday, the club went into Anfield and defeated former manager Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool, 3-1, in the Capital One Cup to advance to the quarterfinals of the competition.

With three positive results in their past three matches, is it right to think that the Swans would be able to upset Chelsea on Saturday?

The quick response to that question would be no based on the dominance that Chelsea have had all season in the EPL, with the exception of their 3-2 defeat to Manchester United last weekend.

However, Swansea have been a good club at their home ground, they earned 31 of their 47 points last season at the Liberty Stadium.

This season has been no different with the Swans recording the majority of their points at home so far this season with eight of their 11 being earned in Wales.

But, their opponents on Saturday have been great both at home and on the road this season, which why Chelsea are the leaders of the EPL after nine matches.

In four road matches this season, the Blues have managed to earn 10 of the available 12 points, with the only slip up being a goal less draw with QPR.

Roberto di Matteo's club have had a few bumps in the road in the past few weeks with losses to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League and Manchester United in the EPL.

However, Swansea is nowhere close in comparison to Shakhtar or United and are also without their best player in keeper Michel Vorm, who is out with a groin injury that he suffered last weekend against Manchester City.

The Swans still do have a slight chance of beating the league leaders at home but it is not likely given the fact that their top player is out for a considerable amount of time and Chelsea are a much better squad at the moment.

There is no doubt that there will quality players on both side of the Liberty Stadium pitch on Saturday, but Chelsea have a few more than Swansea do and that will be the difference in the match.