It has been an eventful first few months for Andre Villas-Boas since he took charge of Chelsea and the Portuguese must sometimes wonder whether he made the right decision to swap the relative calm of FC Porto for the trials of managing a Premier League title contender.
Villas-Boas saw his team beaten 3-1 at Old Trafford last Sunday and the defeat left a nasty taste in his mouth to the extent that an official complaint was lodged about the officials. Chelsea certainly created plenty of chances against Manchester United and they are going to be many people’s banker at 2/9 (William Hill – £25 free bets) to claim victory this coming weekend.
The 33-year-old comes face-to-face with Brendan Rodgers on Saturday, with the pair having worked under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge and the Swansea manager is very much someone who likes his team to pass the ball with confidence.
City broke their Premier League duck by beating West Brom 3-0 on Saturday and that will serve as an enormous confidence boost to a team that had failed to score in any of their first four games, although two of them had seen the Swans keep clean sheets.
The Welsh side now face the prospect of trying to stop Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Nicolas Anelka, although the pressure will be firmly on Chelsea to win this match and they might not have things completely their own way.
Scott Sinclair will be eager to make an impression against a club that he recently criticised for not giving young players a chance and the Swansea striker is 16/1 to open the scoring for the second game running.