Rafa Benitez will be aiming to reach his first domestic final for Chelsea as his side go up against Swansea in the Capital One Cup semi-final. Benitez who has endured a rough start to his managerial career in West London will be hoping that winning the first piece of domestic silverware available will quieten the Chelsea boo-boys.
Chelsea who comfortably beat Championship side Leeds United in the previous round will be without club captain John Terry (knee) who is still a few days away from being fully fit. Petr Cech (groin), Oriol Romeu (knee) and Yossi Benayoun (knee) are all out injured for Chelsea. John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses have left for the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has had an impressive start to his managerial career in South West Wales and he will be hoping to guide the Swans to their first major trophy in the clubs 100-year history. Swansea who knocked out Middlesbrough last round will know the current European champions will prove to be a stern test. Laudrup can take heart from Swansea’s fourth round victory at Anfield, beating Liverpool 3-1 and hope his players can put in a similar performance at Stamford Bridge.
Gerhard Tremmel is likely to start once again in goal, and Angle Range is fit again following a calf problem. Neil Taylor (fractured ankle) is Swansea’s only absentee.
KICK-OFF: Wednesday 9th January (kick 7:45pm)
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Swansea (Hernandez) 1-1 Chelsea (Moses), Premier League, November 2012
Swansea (Sinclair) 1-1 Chelsea (Taylor og), Premier League, January 2012
Chelsea (Torres, Ramires x2, Drogba) 4-1 Swansea (Williams) September 2011
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