Side with Swans and a start

  • By: David John (Twitter: @SLifeDaveJohn)
  • Last Updated: January 23 2013, 9:46 GMT

David John is siding with Swansea with a goal start in their Capital One semi-final second leg against Chelsea.

Laudrup: Can take down Chelsea and reach Wembley
Laudrup: Can take down Chelsea and reach Wembley

Swansea v Chelsea (1945GMT)

Swansea have been excellent all season and they stand on the brink of a first major cup final in their 100 year history.

Manager Michael Laudrup spoke before the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final at Chelsea that he wanted his side to still be in with a realistic chance of realising their Wembley dream so a 2-0 advantage has them firmly in driving seat.

But there lies the quandary. They would not swap the position they are in for anything I am sure but the pressure is very much on for them to complete the job against perennial finalists and the current champions of Europe - as their fans keep reminding us.

So can Laudrup's men rise to the occasion? Confidence could not be much higher after an impressive 3-0 victory over Stoke at the weekend and the Dane plans to have his side get on the ball and attack - sitting back and trying to defend what they have for 90 minutes would seem a recipe for everything going wrong.

Even with the likelihood that the hapless Fernando Torres will lead the line once more, Chelsea continue to score freely which should give Rafa Benitez at least some encouragement they can come up with the victory by the three clear goals required.

They have not been beaten on the road since December 1 either - bar their trip to Japan - and the experience they can draw on in situations like this will be invaluable.

But I have to admit to liking the approach taken by the home side as defender Ashley Williams said: "We don't fear anyone."

And nor should they. As well as the victory at Chelsea, they have secured wins at Liverpool and Arsenal this season after admitting last year they were rather in awe of the more established clubs in the Premier League.

That mindset has altered for the better though and they look well capable of justifying a quote of 4/11 to reach the February 24 final.

Even if things go against them in the early stages and they do concede I don't see them capitulating - they have recorded two draws at home with Chelsea in the last 12 months and although a Cup clash creates a different atmosphere and emphasis, a similar outcome is predicted.

Swansea with a one-goal start on the handicap can be backed at 10/11 and a small wager on that is the suggestion.

Verdict: Swansea 1 Chelsea 1 (DJ)

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