Chelsea will be hoping to progress to the fourth round of the League Cup tonight when they face League one opponents Swindon. The club's activities over the summer have been well publicised and in particular the return of their beloved, reinstated manager Jose Mourinho, who has in fact won this cup twice during his first spell at the club.
Mourinho’s team have been placed bookmakers’ favourites to win the trophy this season, and although he will not put out a full-strength squad against Swindon this evening, it is still likely to feature such top flight players as Juan Mata, Peter Cech and David Luiz, creating a formidable opponent for Mark Coopers’ Swindon side.
Although Coopers’ squad are viewed as the clear underdogs in this fixture, they have a number of players that could cause Chelsea problems, such as Tottenham academy graduates: Nathan Byrne, Alex Pritchard and current top goal-scorer Ryan Mason.
KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 7.45pm.
PAST THREE MEETINGS...
Chelsea 2 (Peacock, Wise) Swindon 0, Premiership, April 1994
Swindon 1 (Mutch) Chelsea 3 (Shipperley, Wise, Stein), Premiership, January 1994
Chelsea 3 (Durie, OG 2) Swindon 2 (OG, Bodin), Division 2, February 1989
Last time Chelsea faced Swindon in the League Cup they lost 3-0, it was at the County Ground in 1963.
Swindon have not been defeated at home since 26 February, which saw Bury beat them 1-0.
Chelsea have won the League Cup four times, the only teams to have won it more are Aston Villa (5) and Liverpool (8).
Swindon to win: 10.5
Chelsea to win: 1.36
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