Mark Lawrenson predicts Swansea City v Chelsea FC

The Liverpool FC legend is backing Chelsea FC to ease to a 3-1 win against Swansea City on Saturday evening

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Mark Lawrenson has tipped Chelsea FC to ease to a 3-1 win against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Blues will travel to South Wales looking to boost their slim chances of a top-four finish with a third successive Premier League win.

Chelsea FC have eased to victories over Burnley and Southampton in their last two top-flight outings to move to within five points of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

The west London side’s morale was boosted last weekend following a 2-0 win against the Saints in the FA Cup semi-final to edge a step closer to silverware despite a difficult season.

Swansea are winless in their last five Premier League games to leave the Welsh outfit four points ahead of Southampton with four fixtures left in the 2017-18 season.

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to ease to a 3-1 victory over the relegation candidates to put Spurs under more pressure in the top-four race.

“If Southampton do beat Bournemouth, they will only be a point behind Swansea – who will kick off this game shortly after the final whistle at St Mary’s,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“Swansea are back in trouble because they have only managed three draws in their past five games, although their only two defeats in that run came at Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium.

“I don’t see them returning to winning ways here, though. Chelsea have not been in great form in the league but they have showed their quality by reaching the FA Cup final.”

Chelsea FC have won the Premier League title in two of the past three seasons under Jose Mourinho and then Conte.

The Blues signed Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and AS Roma defender Emerson Palmieri in the January transfer window.

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