Capital One Cup: Swansea and Middlesbrough battle for a semi-final berth
Last Updated: December 12, 2012 10:48am
Michael Laudrup: Swansea will be hoping to avoid becoming another notable Capital One Cup scalp
A place in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup will be up for grabs on Wednesday when Swansea City take on Middlesbrough.
We already know the identity of two of those who will make up the last four, with Bradford City and Aston Villa securing their passage on Tuesday.
It has been a competition of shocks so far, so Swansea will be aware that they are there to be shot at in midweek.
As a Premier League outfit facing Championship opposition on home soil, Michael Laudrup's side will be expected to take another step closer to major silverware.
The Swans' recent form bodes well, with a narrow 4-3 defeat to Norwich City on Saturday bringing to an end a six-match unbeaten run in the top-flight.
They have seen off Barnsley, Crawley and Liverpool to reach this stage.
Boro, meanwhile, are set to take in their 12th consecutive away tie in the League Cup, with their last cup clash at the Riverside Stadium coming way back in August 2008.
Tony Mowbray's side have grown accustomed to life on the road and a long trip to South Wales will hold no fear.
Promotion out of the Championship remains the priority for Boro, who sit third in the second tier, but a cup run has provided a welcome distraction and they will not want an adventure which has already carried them past Bury, Gillingham, Preston and Sunderland to end just yet.
Swansea defensive duo Garry Monk and Kyle Bartley are in line for starting berths.
Ashley Williams misses out through suspension while Laudrup may choose to rest Chico Flores with the busy festive period approaching.
Leon Britton could return in midfield from a knee injury, but goalkeeper Michel Vorm is unlikely to be rushed back from his groin injury and Pablo Hernandez is still struggling with a thigh injury.
Middlesbrough boss Mowbray will make a series of late checks before naming his side.
Full-back George Friend has returned to training after a hamstring tear, while central defender Jonathan Woodgate and midfielder Faris Haroun are feeling the after-effects of Saturday's 3-2 Championship victory at Peterborough, in which both made comebacks from calf problems.
All three players will travel to South Wales and be assessed there before Mowbray makes a final decision.
However, midfielder Josh McEachran will miss out as he is ineligible under the terms of his loan agreement with parent club Chelsea.