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Match Day Moments - Swansea (a)

Match Day Moments - Swansea (a)

Now this is the acid test!

On the pitch we`ll all be hoping that Chelsea can over-turn a 2-0 first leg deficit whilst off the pitch I`ll be keeping my beady-eye on the comments being posted in order to reclaim this sites integrity - you`ve been warned!

The Liberty Stadium tonight will be a cauldron, there`ll be thousands of Welshmen believing that they`ll be heading off to Wembley Stadium, next month, to take on Bradford City in the Capital One Cup semi-final, can we silence them but at the same time probably incurring their wrath?

I`d like to think so, we have the pedigree but do we have the balls to go into the dragons den and drain their bellies of fire?

I guess we`ll see as soon as the action commences tonight, so why not join us from 19:00 hours onwards as we start the build up to the fixture, discuss the starting eleven picked by Rafa the Gaffer and then discuss the action as it unfolds before our very eyes.

Cometh the final whistle we`ll know if it is us or Swansea who`ll be taking on the perennial under-dogs that Bradford seem to have been in this competition.

On a personal level, I`ll also have an indication of how the membership have reacted t my warnings and how many might, if the mood takes me, be heading for the exit door - remember, you have been warned!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday January 23 2013
Time: 4:39PM


There seem to be doubts if the match will go ahead. Dont no how true. Its been snowing heavily at swansea. Am suprisely very hopeful that today will go our way.
Chelz Akamz
23/01/2013 16:49:00
0 Damn another one bites the dust :(
23/01/2013 16:51:00
Meanwhile David Beckham's son; Brooklyn was on trials at cobham on tuesday along with other u-13 kids, with Beckham present and cheering for him. I asked an online man utd fan why the lad didnt choose to go to their academy and he said the lad had been reported several times in the past to be a chelsea fan and may have chosen the chelsea path. This is an interesting bit. I wonder if he can be as good/and can bend it like his dad....
Chelz Akamz
23/01/2013 16:57:00
am prepared for the worst, but will be great if we turn it around
23/01/2013 17:00:00
looks like a typical chelsea comeback match...we need to be careful with our predictions so we dont jinx it though...I am courteously optimistic...go chelsea!!
23/01/2013 17:10:00
#carefullnessactivated. We have the pedigree indeed to achieve this. With our away form and going by our exploits en route munich,away games dont pose much problem to us...
23/01/2013 17:18:00
very typical @FV...keep it up...!!...what ever happens'll enjoy the match...
23/01/2013 17:23:00
using my heart, am predicting a 4-1 chelsea win. BA with the double, but ma head tells me our best will be to force it to extra time.
23/01/2013 17:26:00
Nice to see your staying optimistic foreign_Viewer, i can tell you want the best for your team like the rest of us
23/01/2013 17:30:00
Let's thrash them pretty hard...go go go go go go boys
23/01/2013 17:43:00
If Ba starts and if Luiz pairs up with Ramires in the pivot,we will be lining up a strong XI already. 1 thing that troubles me is our lack of width in the absence of Moses....wish Marin can fill in well if he manages to get the nod. I want to appeal to Rafa the gaffer not to make unnecessary gambles in this game...hopefully it will be a blue night tonight.
23/01/2013 17:45:00
For those worrying about if the match will go ahead: I'm about 10 miles from the stadium (where I work) and even though the snow has been hammering down since about 14:40 friends close to or at the stadium reckon apart from a bit of snow on the roads, things are clear enough to go ahead. Swansea Council out gritting the roads as I write this (17:45) and everything should be fine to go as long as they can get the fans into the stadium. Downside is that one of the major roads into Swansea has a breakdown which has caused an hour long tail-back. Colleagues who left at 16:20 have only just cleared the breakdown which normally takes 2 mins drive!!! Crazy night. One work-mate has actually just left on foot to WALK halfway to the stadium!
23/01/2013 17:47:00
Sorry... Don't mean I work AT the stadium. Where I work is 10 miles FROM the stadium.....
23/01/2013 17:48:00
Just wishful thinking on my part but i would love to see us playing BA and Torres both upfront with Mata behind. I have a gut feelong that these two can run havoc against any opposition. Totally contrasting styles and will be a night mare to mark them both. The best part is that they both like to also create for others. But i dont think Rafa will ever take such a chance. I am not sure if many at VC will even agree with me, but i guess, this is how you can free up Torres and bring him back to life. Just a thought.
23/01/2013 17:50:00
I'd be happy for Torres and Ba upfront, but it means you have to sacrifice someone else on the pitch. Mata, Hazard and Ramires HAVE to play. Swansea have a strong midfield on the counter ro Ramires' pace is much needed and for this game you must play Hazard and Mata for their creativity. That leaves either Lampard or Oscar (from the likely starting XI) who could be dropped out. I think Lampard will play so that means no Oscar. That leaves us with quite a narrow line up and Swansea defend well through the middle (no so much out wide). Davies is their weak link and I think we need someone on him at all times (Where Oscar/Mata/Hazard can do some serious damage). For me it's Cech, Ivan, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Rammy, Lamps, Mata, Hazard, Oscar and Ba. That would at least bring a smile to my face before the nerves set in....
23/01/2013 17:54:00
Cant find the F_V post mates! Like the first casualty has been recorded.
23/01/2013 17:54:00
@Chelsea-fan...nice tots..really nice...but I honestly dont think this is the match to try it out for the first time...maybe FA cup match this weekend against an oppsition from the much more lower league will be a better time to try...we have to go all out and try to win this...'ll start Ba and sit torres...if by an hour things still remain tight (i hope not)...'ll yank off one of the pivot players and bring in torres...I hope we can nick it...
23/01/2013 17:57:00
Chris Foy gives thumbs up after stadium inspection...After a long time,this will be the first time I'm hanging around for a match day moment in a long time. Let's hope it goes down well...Come on you blues!!!
23/01/2013 17:58:00
@Ohans...nice observation!!!....omg!...that was sooo Merlin means business....good good good stuff...i was almost sending out an angry post directed at @FV., but Merlin showed up and did the fantastic!!!....encore merlin!!!....
23/01/2013 18:00:00
For those worrying...the game will go ahead as planned. Its snowing but not bad enough to stop the game.
23/01/2013 18:02:00
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