swansea +1.25 @ 1.99 on the asian handicap
chelsea will look to capitalize on home advantage as they welcome swansea to stamford bridge for the first-leg of their league cup semi-final. the blues head into the match as clear tournament favourites and the pressure will be on rafa benitez and his players after disappointing showings in the champions league and club world cup. a convincing 5-1 victory at southampton on saturday saw chelsea progress to the fourth round of the fa cup with debutant demba ba netting twice. the senegalese forward is available for selection having not featured for his former club newcastle in the competition this season.
swansea compete in their first ever league cup semi-final having overcome middlesbrough last month. michael laudrup’s side will not fear their opponents having drawn with chelsea earlier in the premier league this season. the swans came from behind to draw 2-2 with arsenal on sunday with danny graham’s equaliser three minute from time forcing a replay. spanish goal scoring sensation michu continued his outstanding form with his 15th goal of the season and is attracting interest from europe’s elite clubs. ashley williams is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up having been rested on sunday.
swansea can keep up their impressive form with a positive result at chelsea.