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  • January 23, 2013
  • • 14:45
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: C. Foy
  • • Attendance: 19506
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Swansea City win Aggregate 2 - 0

League Cup Preview: Swansea - Chelsea

League Cup Preview: Swansea - Chelsea

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Rafa Benitez's side has been in good form on the road but faces a big challenge when it travels to south Wales after Michu and Danny Graham handed the Swans a first-leg lead.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SWANSEA

Tremmel
Rangel, Monk, Williams, Davies
Ki, Britton
Hernandez, De Guzman, Routledge
Michu
CHELSEA

Cech
Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole
Ramires, Lampard
Oscar, Mata, Hazard
Torres

Swansea has a relatively clean bill of health, though will be without Kemy Agustien and Neil Taylor (both ankle).

Central defender Chico (knee) is a major doubt for the game, so Garry Monk – who started against Stoke at the weekend – is expected to continue in his absence.

Michael Laudrup has selected Gerhard Tremmel in all of Swansea's League Cup ties so far and the German keeper should start again on Wednesday night.

Rafa Benitez remains without Nigerian duo Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel, both of whom are on Africa Cup of Nations duty.

David Luiz is unlikely to feature, having picked up an ankle injury which ruled him out of Chelsea's 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday.

Oriol Romeu is the only long-term absentee, but the unavailability of the Spaniard as well as Mikel means the 34-year-old Frank Lampard is likely to start his fourth game in just 11 days.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Swansea has lost just one of its last nine games, a 1-0 defeat against Arsenal in the FA Cup third-round replay.
  • The Welsh club hasn't been beaten at home since Dec. 8, and has lost just twice at the Liberty Stadium all season, while only the top three and Arsenal have scored more goals at home than Swansea (22).
  • Michael Laudrup's side holds this season's Premier League record for the most passes leading to a goal, with 28 passes preceding Michu's strike against Norwich earlier this season.
  • Swansea is yet to lose a game in which it has scored first, winning 13 out of the 15 games in which it has opened the scoring this season.
  • Swansea is 90 minutes away from a first ever appearance in a major cup final (having lost in the semifinals of the FA Cup in 1926 and 1964), and could become the first Welsh winner of the league cup.
  • Chelsea may have struggled at home under Rafa Benitez, but it has won each of its last six away games in all competitions and conceded just 11 times on its travels across the entire season.
  • Only Derby County's Michael Jacobs (five) has more assists than Juan Mata in this season's League Cup, while Swansea's Danny Graham (pictured) is the joint-second highest scorer.
  • Chelsea has drawn 1-1 with Swansea on its last two visits to south Wales, and hasn't won away to the Welsh club since 1983.
  • The Blues have won more penalties than any other side this year (eight), and have converted seven.
  • The reigning European champions has won 50 percent of the league matches in which it has trailed this season, but never overturned more than a one goal deficit.

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Available Squads
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
4ChicoDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
33Ben DaviesDefender
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
5MichuMidfielder
11Pablo HernándezMidfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
20Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
4Sung-Yong KiMidfielder
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
21Dwight TiendalliDefender
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
30Danny GrahamStriker
9Itay ShechterStriker
14Roland LamahMidfielder
1Petr CechGoalkeeper
2Branislav IvanovicDefender
3Ashley ColeDefender
24Gary CahillDefender
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
7RamiresMidfielder
8Frank LampardMidfielder
11OscarMidfielder
17Eden HazardMidfielder
8Juan MataStriker
9Demba BaStriker
21Ross TurnbullGoalkeeper
23David LuizDefender
20Paulo FerreiraDefender
26John TerryDefender
23Ryan BertrandDefender
21Marko MarinMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker

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