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League Cup

  • 12 December 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 15048

Swansea - Middlesbrough Preview: Boro eye another giant killing and Capital One Cup semi-final spot

Swansea - Middlesbrough Preview: Boro eye another giant killing and Capital One Cup semi-final spot


Tony Mowbray's side look to reach last four for the first time since 2004, when they won the competition, and face a 13th consecutive away tie in order to do so



Rangel, Chico, Monk, Davies
Dyer, Ki, De Guzman, Routledge

Parnaby, Woodgate, Bikey, Friend
Ledesma, Leadbitter, Bailey, Haroun
Miller, McDonald

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup will be without long-term absentees Neil Taylor (ankle) and Michel Vorm (groin) as well as centre-back Ashley Williams who’s suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season in his side’s defeat to Norwich on Saturday.

Midfielders Leon Britton (knee) and Pablo Hernandez (hip) could also be missing for the Swans.

Kemy Agustien and the returning Kyle Bartley are available to throw into the mix along with Luke Moore should Laudrup make changes to his team.

Middlesbrough will be without on-loan midfielder Josh McEachran for the clash against the Swans, so Nicky Bailey and Richard Smallwood will battle it out to join Grant Leadbitter in the middle.

Jonathan Woodgate also may not be risked to play two games in four days by boss Tony Mowbray, so Seb Hines could start in the centre of defence.

Faris Haroun made a goalscoring return to the team against Peterborough and may keep his place while the physical play of Ishmael Miller may be preferred to Marvin Emnes in attack.

  • Swansea have scored three goals in all three of their Capital One Cup games so far this season in matches against Barnsley, Crawley and Liverpool.
  • Middlesbrough’s visit to the Liberty Stadium is their 12th consecutive away tie in the Capital One Cup.
  • Emmanuel Ledesma is Tony Mowbray’s side’s leading scorer in the competition this year scoring twice in four games.
  • Boro have drawn just one game in their last 13 in all competitions. They’ve won nine of the matches, losing just three. All the defeats came in the month of November.
  • This is the first time Swansea and Middlesbrough will face off in the Capital One Cup.
  • The two teams have met on 41 occasions with Boro just edging the Swans with 18 victories to their 14 with the other nine meetings ending as draws.

Players to watch


Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Spaniard is in red-hot form at the moment. Everything he touches seems to go in the back of the net. If he has a good day, there’s a strong chance Swansea will advance to last four of the competition. His movement from deep will be something Middlesbrough will have to shackle with either a defender or a deep lying midfielder - that player will have to have their wits about them as the 26-year-old has proven his intelligence to peel off his marker and find space at will.

G. Leadbitter

Position: Midfielder

Games: 1

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The midfielder has the ability to go up against Premier League opposition and has the experience needed for the clash against the Swans. He showed tenacity in the last round's victory over Sunderland and will need to do so again in what will be a fiercely-contested battle in midfield. His shooting should also not be underestimated as he’s shown on numerous occasions he can hit the back of the net from distance. Swansea will go a long way in winning the game if they can shut him down

Editor's Prediction

Tony Mowbray’s side defeated Premier League opposition in the face of Sunderland in the last round but Swansea, coming off a defeat at the weekend, should bounce back and advance to the semi-finals of the competition. Michu and the rest of the potent Swans’ attack will have too much for the Middlesbrough defence on this occasion as they’ve been playing some great attacking football lately.

Last Five Matches

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