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Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City

  • Chelsea edged out Swansea City at Stamford Bridge to keep pace with the Manchester clubs.
  • Antonio Rudiger's second half header proved to be the difference for the Blues.
  • Antonio Conte was sent to the stands in the first half and could face a touchline ban after gesticulating towards referee Neil Swarbrick.
  • Chelsea: Courtois; Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill (c); Zappacosta, Fabregas, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Pedro.
  • Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Mawson, Ki, Olsson, Carroll, van der Hoorn, Bony, Sanches, Roque, Ayew.
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14 day 21:39

Full-time: Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City

Antonio Rudiger's second half header proves to be the difference at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea edge past a resilient Swansea, who had Lukasz Fabianski to thank for keeping them in the contest.

Antonio Conte, who was sent to the stands for his protests over a corner Chelsea didn't receive, will be happy with the three points and perhaps the performance, with key players rested.

That's it for IB Times UK's coverage this evening. Enjoy your evening.

14 day 21:35

Cahill makes an incredible intervention to clear Olsson's cross as Chelsea begin to live dangerously. Morata is then cautioned for kicking the ball away as the clock ticks down.

14 day 21:32

Four minutes of stoppage time left to play in west London. Still 1-0 to Chelsea.

14 day 21:31

Big chance for Swansea!

Routledge darts forward and plays a great cross in for Bony, who just cannot connect. A bit of a let-off for Chelsea.

14 day 21:30

Not much in the way of attacking play to report on as head into the final knockings at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea still one-up, and they look comfortable now.

14 day 21:29

Could prove to be a huge goal for Chelsea.

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14 day 21:25

Swansea make a final change with Routledge coming on for Ayew.

14 day 21:25

Hazard's first involvement is almost decisive as he latches onto a pass and pulls it back for Morata, who just fails to convert and kill the game. Swansea live on.

14 day 21:23

Chelsea make a double change: Pedro and Willian are off, Hazard and Drinkwater on.

14 day 21:21

Bournemouth have halved the deficit at the Vitality Stadium! Joshua King's prods home from close range to set up a grandstand finish.

14 day 21:20

Can the Swans break through?

14 day 21:17

Victor Moses is now on for Zappacosta. Just over quarter of an hour left at Stamford Bridge, Swansea have been coming into it as an attacking force in the last few minutes.

14 day 21:16

Fabianski on hand again to deny Alonso after good work from Willian. Alonso had a couple of chances but couldn't find his way past the Swansea stopper.

14 day 21:14

Swansea win a corner that Morata does well to head away and then clear completely. Victor Moses is set to come on for the hosts with 20 minutes remaining.

Ayew then tries his luck for the Swans but his cross-shot is claimed by Courtois.

14 day 21:12

Burnley are now two goals to the good away at Bournemouth. Robbie Brady with the Clarets' second of the evening.

14 day 21:10

Willian is the next Chelsea player to test Fabianski; the Brazilian's drive parried by Fabianski, who thanks his defenders for alleviating the danger.

14 day 21:09

Rudiger's a happy chap.

14 day 21:07

Morata darts away from Mawson but can't get his effort on target. The Englishman did well to heap pressure on the former Real Madrid man.

Second substitution for Swansea; Mcburnie on, Mesa off.

14 day 21:05

Fabregas lofts in a free-kick which is met by Morata. The Spaniard heads goalbound, but is thwarted by Fabianski, who saves excellently.

14 day 21:04

Rudiger drives from his own box, exchanges passes with Willian and wins a throw out of Olsson. Tremendous athleticism from the German, but Chelsea can't profit from his work.

14 day 21:01

Alonso should make it two! He seems to take a while to set himself before shooting at Van der Hoorn's feet.

Chelsea come again through Zappacosta, whose cross is headed behind for another corner.

14 day 20:58

Chelsea play the corner short to Kante, whose shot deflects off Bony and into the path of Rudiger, who manages to head home. 1-0 to the hosts, much to their relief.

14 day 20:57

GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City (Rudiger)

14 day 20:56

Willian sprays a ball to Alonso, who gives to back to the Brazilian. He crosses low to Pedro, whose shot balloons over. Frustration grows for the champions.