Chelsea v Swansea City

Chelsea will kick off their Premier League title defence against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, where the first points of the season will be up for grabs.

The Blues may have lost their two most recent pre-season matches (1-0 defeats to Arsenal in the Community Shield and Fiorentina in a friendly), but they boast the best opening-day record in the league, having won 12 of their last 13 matches on the first day of the season. They beat the Swans 5-0 the last time these two met in Wales last season, so the Blues should be confident of facing them at the Bridge.

Swansea will be keen to forget that recent mauling against the holding champions, but they haven't beaten the Blues since 2013. Their last three pre-season friendlies have all ended in 1-1 or goalless draws, so manager Garry Monk will probably be looking for another stalemate rather than daring for a win. But the Welsh club did very well for themselves last season and should have the confidence to start this campaign on the front foot.

Chelsea already have one major injury concern, with star striker Diego Costa suffering from a hamstring injury that makes him a big doubt for the opener. French forward Loic Remy or new signing Radamel Falcao will therefore deputise for the high-scoring Spain international.

Spanish centre-back Jordi Amat is Swansea's only injury doubt, and is not expected to start. Fans will be more interested in seeing some of their new signings at work, with Andre Ayew, Franck Tabanou and Eder all hoping to make their Premier League debut.

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