Swansea vs Chelsea Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on January 23, 2013

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Chelsea must try and overturn a 2-goal deficit when they take on Swansea City tonight with Bradford City awaiting the winners in the final of the Capital One Cup.

The League 2 side continued their fairytale run in the League Cup by beating Aston Villa 4-3 on aggregate on Tuesday night to secure their place in the final , so the victors from tonight game will be red-hot favourites to lift the trophy at Wembley.

Swansea will be looking to protect the 2-0 advantage they earned with a shock win at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, with Michael Laudrup hoping to reach a major final for the first time in the clubs history.

The Swans head into the game in fine form after beating Stoke 3-1 on Saturday to lift them to ninth in the table, while Chelsea should also be in confident mood having beaten Arsenal 2-1 at the Bridge on Sunday and Rafa Benitez is upbeat on his sides chances of turning the tie around.

Team News

Swansea have been boosted by the return of centre-back Chico Flores after he recovered from a knee injury and should start along side captain Ashley Williams at the back.

Gerhard Tremmel is expected to return in goal after playing in all previous rounds of the competition but midfielder Kemy Agustien is out with an ankle injury.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez is expected to recall fit again captain John Terry with the defender set to start his first game in over two months. Terry injured his knee against Liverpool back in November but is now fully fit and likely to play alongside Gary Cahill at the back tonight with Branislav Ivanovic moved to right back.

David Luiz is once again likely to miss out after an ankle injury ruled him out of Sunday’s 2-1 win over Arsenal, and Benitez is expected to opt for Demba Ba ahead of Fernando Torres up front.

John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses are both missing as they’re away on international duty with Nigeria at the African Cup of Nations, and Oriol Romeu remains out injured.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Tonight’s game promises to be an intriguing affair that pits Chelsea’s excellent away record against Swansea’s strong home record. The Blues have won their previous six games on the road in all competitions but the Swans have only lost twice on home soil this season. But I’ve just got the feeling Chelsea are going to turn this around and book their place in the final, but only on the away goals rule. Swansea 1-3 Chelsea

What would your line-up be and what’s your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section below.

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21 Comments

  1. Innocent junior ifeanyi

    January 23, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I’m so confident chelsea will turn this tie around with a brilliant display at the liberty. FINAL SCORE: SWANSEA CITY 1-4 CHELSEA. (GOAL SCORES) DE GUZMAN, OSCAR, BA, LAMPARD AND HAZARD.

  2. Simeon onyema

    January 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I would lyk chelsea to beat swansea 3 0 all goals from demba ba

  3. Vincent

    January 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I see Chelseafc beat them 5. Swansea 0- 5 Chelsea

  4. ajayi abiodun gutrie

    January 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    i dont think so!!, that chelsea is going to turn around this game tonight after their carelessness took swansea to emerge a good two goals at stamford bridge.i dont think that chelsea can go to wales and defeat the swans!

  5. Kazzem ajayi

    January 23, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Chelsea will qualify

  6. Ben Lewis

    January 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Swansea and Chelsea are going to be going all out tonight, such a massive game for them both.

    Being a Swans fan I’m hoping for a Chelsea thrashing though realistically I think it’s just too close to call.

    Though if I had to hazard a guess,

    Swansea 1 – Chelsea 2

    Chelsea will score both in the first half, both from Ba.

    Swans will then ‘Park the Bus’ and await an opportunity to counter attack and Michu will snatch one at 80 mins+

    That’s what’s happening in my head anyways.

    Regardless of outcome, it’s going to be an amazing match.

  7. Shedrachy

    January 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    90 miunit would desite who God wnt 2 win 2 wemble

  8. rasheed

    January 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    God WILL HELP CHELSEA TO WON

  9. amos ikechukwu

    January 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Im so full of confident that chelsea will pay swansea back with a glorous defeat 2nite. Likely chelsea will beat swansea 4:0, 2 goals from demba ba, 1 goal from lampard. And 1 goal from hazard.

  10. Hamza ahmad

    January 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I am also confident that this would be chelsea’s day and that they would turn it beautifully winning greatly

  11. Mafia

    January 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    if ba is goin strik we re goin 2 win.

  12. kingsley

    January 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I see chelsea progressing beating swansea 4-1 putting in mind of our away form so far especially against southamptom, leeds and the stuborn stoke city

  13. FRED WILLIAMS

    January 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Chelsea is going to beat Swans 4 goals to nothing. Ba is going to be man of the night?

  14. Corper stephen Dikeocha

    January 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    It will be a great match tonight at the liberty stadium. But at the end of the game chelsea must secure 3-0 victory against swansea. Remember last champions league. It is in this kind of situation that blues use to display their real blue colour. They must revenge tonight.

  15. Johnson john

    January 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Is gonna be a though match anyway but as a blues fan chelsea will have the day by 4 goals to 1 in favour of the blues………up chelsea,up oscar,up mata and up hazard +demba ba

  16. Mark87

    January 23, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Swansea’ home record is to good to back any team to beat them there by 3-0.

    Swansea will beat Chelsea tonight 3-1

  17. Akpan

    January 23, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    to nite is going to be a cracker at d liberty stadium cos over turning 2- goal deficit is not going to be easy wit an inform Swansea side but am very optimistic dat the Blues will smile after 90 mins. Full time score @ d liberty stadium Swans 1 – 4 Che. Blues till I die.

  18. Prince

    January 23, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    2 nit wil be gr8t at Liberty. Mata, demba Ba, Lampard, Hazard, Oscar nd Strong Remires pls go nd make us praud. We blues fans look unto u. Pls go 4 goals.

  19. Proffessor of Philisophy

    January 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Chelsea will use Swansea to set a very remarkable EXAMPLE tonight.Up Chelsea.
    Chelsea 6-0 Swansea

  20. adekanye abiodun

    January 23, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I pray dat chelsea win by 5 goals to nil 2 from ba,1 from hazard,1 from lampard and last from ivanovic…

  21. great goodies

    January 23, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    swansea 1 vs chelsea 4 demba BA*2* mata *1* lampad*1* (penalty)

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