Chelsea face Swansea City in the first leg of their League Cup Semi-Final at Stamford Bridge tonight, in what should be a good game between two in-form sides.
Swansea face a remarkable opportunity to progress to a Wembley final as they face Chelsea in the first leg of the League Cup Semi-Finals at Stamford Bridge tonight.
The Swans will benefit from a clean bill of health over their squad and the absence of some key Chelsea players, but they will be wary of Chelsea's newfound attacking potency, particularly with the addition of Demba Ba to the Blues' roster.
The match should be an entertaining spectacle with both teams in form and playing excellent football, although despite the Blues' obvious danger and apparent upturn in form, Swansea boss Michael Laudrup will be buoyed by the fact that Chelsea have only won two of their last six home games in all competitions.
The South Wales club have not made the semi-finals of a cup since 1964, when they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Preston. After Bradford's heroics against Aston Villa, they will surely be inspired by both their giant-killing display and the prospect of a winnable final. Chelsea, meanwhile, may seek to win the competition to instill a winning mentality in a relatively new squad. Whatever the result, this one looks finely balanced before the teams go into action.
Chelsea injuries and suspensions
Swansea injuries and suspensions
In doubt: Angel Rangel (calf)
Chelsea are still without John Terry and Petr Cech, although the former is believed to be close to a return, although he is certain to be absent tonight. Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel have departed to compete in the African Cup of Nations as part of the Nigeria squad.
Swansea have few injury concerns, although Gerhard Tremmel is expected to start ahead of Michel Vorm as a reward for his performances during the latters injury. Angel Rangel is recovering from a calf problem but is likely to play.
Match Date\Time: Wednesday, 7:45 p.m. local, 2:45 p.m. ET
Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, England
TV: Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports HD, Sky Sports 3D (U.K.)