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Michu: Could he be the difference?

Michu: Could he be the difference?

Swansea City travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea in the second Capital One Cup semi-final hoping to land the first blow in the two-legged tie.

Chelsea, fresh from their drubbing of Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday, have been in scintillating form of late and have enjoyed somewhat of a revival under interim manager Rafael Benitez.

The Blues have gone from strength to strength, scoring 16 goals in their last five games, winning four out of five. The only blemish coming in a shock 1-0 loss at home to Queens Park Rangers.

Rafa Benitez's team progressed to the semi-final after hammering Leeds United 5-1 at Elland Road in their quarter-final.

Chelsea will be without first choice goalkeeper Petr Cech (groin), talismanic captain John Terry (knee) and midfielders Oriol Romeu (knee), and Yossi Benayoun (knee) for the clash, while Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel are on international duty with Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Meanwhile, Michael Laudrup and his charges can secure Swansea their first major final in their 100-year history with victory over the Blues, and will hope to replicate their quarter-final performance where they beat Liverpool 3-1 at Anfield.

The Swans have been consistent under Laudrup and are unbeaten in five going into the match. They were, however, lucky to escape with a 2-2 draw in their FA Cup third round clash against Arsenal on Sunday where Danny Graham equalised in the dying embers of the match to earn the Welshmen a replay.

Laudrup will have virtually a full-strength squad to take to Stamford Bridge, with only Neil Taylor, who is out for the season with an ankle injury, missing for the Swans.

Michu returned to action as a substitute against Arsenal and showed no sign of rustiness, scoring Swansea's opening goal, and he should start the match.

Posted: 08/01/13 15:01

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