Chelsea ran riot in their FA Cup third round clash against Southampton at the weekend but they are unlikely to issue another hammering as they tackle Swansea in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg.
Nevertheless, the Blues are favourites at 9/20 with BetVictor to take a lead to the Liberty Stadium and they definitely deserve that status but the extent of the probable victory shouldn’t be anything like the 5-1 mauling they inflicted on Saints.
Michael Laudrup’s men keep the ball well and on that basis they are unlikely to be picked apart so easily so a case can be made for a home win by a one-goal margin at 29/10 via Ladbrokes.
Alternatively, Coral post 8/1 against a 1-0 Chelsea success and also offer 7/4 about Rafa Benitez’s troops prevailing ‘to nil’ against a Swans teams that has failed to score in two of their last three on the road.
At the other end, Demba Ba will be hoping to feature again and after he marked his Chelsea debut with a double at the St Mary’s Stadium, you wouldn’t bet against him breaking the deadlock at Stamford Bridge, where he’s 7/2 (Paddy Power) to bag the opener.
Chelsea to beat Swansea by one – 29/10 (Ladbrokes)
Demba Ba to score first – 7/2 (Paddy Power)