Swindon v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: County Ground

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Kick-off: 7:45 GMT

 

So, after our win against Fulham in the league at the weekend, it’s onto Swindon and the 3rd round of the Capital One Cup tonight.  We can expect wholesale changes to the side Mourinho put out in the league, with Mourinho narrowly avoiding a public flogging with the confirmation that Juan Mata will play tonight.  Mind you, whilst he hasn’t quite been placed in the stocks yet, anything less than a win for us at the County Ground would undoubtedly have the press bagging up the rotten fruit and veg to chase him down.

In spite of winning this twice with us during his first spell in charge at Chelsea, with Sp*rs at the weekend, there’ll be little room for sentimentality from Mourinho in this game. Mind you, even with the possibility of an entirely different side being fielded, there should be more than enough talent on show to leave us little margin for excuses tonight.

 

MANAGER’S VIEWS

Going into tonight’s Capital One cup game, Swindon manager Mark Cooper says, “It’s another fantastic test for the players.  It’s great for the club, I’m sure it will be a full house. It will be all about the players and the club and the fans.  We’ll prepare the best we can but we’ll have to prepare to play against some of the best players in the world.”

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho meanwhile, says “The people who didn’t play (Saturday) are going to play. Juan (Mata), David Luiz and Michael Essien, (Ryan) Bertrand and (Cesar) Azpilicueta.  And I hope he (Mata) tells me on the pitch, ‘You are wrong, I am the best and I have to play every game.’”

 

SQUAD NEWS

For Swindon, Reis, Smith (both knee), Oakley (foot) and (knee) are all injured, Mason (thigh), Harley (knee) are doubts, Byrne misses his third game through suspension although Pritchard returns from his ban.

For Chelsea, Jose Mourinho has promised those who didn’t play against Fulham at the weekend, will turn out for us tonight, so we should be expecting to see the likes of Mata, Ba, Azpilicueta, Bertrand, Luiz, Essien, De Bruyne and Schwarzer in this game.

 

TEAM

CHELSEA: (Possible line-up): Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Bertrand; Essien, Lampard; De Bruyne, Mata, Willian; Ba.

 

PREDICTION

We haven’t played tonight’s opponents in this cup since 1964 so there’s not a lot to measure this against (we lost by the way).  Swindon have not lost at home since February and are yet to concede in the Capital One Cup this season whilst we’ve won this trophy 4 times, 2 of them under Jose Mourinho but it still won’t be a priority for us. Of course, in spite of a completely changed side for us there should be more than adequate talent on display although whether or not they can gel, will be the difference between this game being a banana skin and not.

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