SWINDON (Sporting Alert) — As expected Juan Mata starts for Chelsea in tonight’s Capital One Cup third round game with Swindon at County Ground.
Mata has been struggling to get into the Jose Mourinho’s start team, but has been given the chance to prove himself tonight.
Also start is Fernando Torres, who has been given the nod up front, with David Luiz, another player left out completely over the weekend partnering Gary Cahill in the heart of the defense.
Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba are both on the bench, with the latter expected to play some part in tonight’s contest.
Petr Cech has been replaced in goal by Mark Schwarzer, while forward Willian also starts the game.
Right-back Cesar Azpilicueta and left-back Ryan Bertrand also get a runout, with the veteran Michael Essien starting in midfield and captaining the squad with John Terry on the bench.
Swindon v Chelsea Teams
Swindon: Foderingham, Nathan Thompson, Hall, Ward, McEveley, Kasim, Luongo, Pritchard, N’Guessan, Ajose, Ranger.
Subs: Louis Thompson, Storey, Barthram, Belford, Branco, El-Gabbas, Wood.
Chelsea: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand, van Ginkel , Essien, De Bruyne, Mata, Willian, Torres.
Subs: Blackman, Terry, Ramires, Schurrle, Ba, Eto’o, Baker.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)