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League Cup Preview: Birmingham City v Swansea City

23 September 2013 14:56

Swansea City kick off the defence of their League Cup crown with a trip to Birmingham City on Wednesday in the third round.

The Welsh club, who claimed the first major trophy of their 101-year history with victory in final of last season's competition, were granted a bye for the second round as holders.

And, somewhat encouragingly for Michael Laudrup's side, their bid to retain the title begins at a ground where they have avoided defeat in their last three visits.

Swansea come into the game off the back of a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace, while Birmingham's confidence is up after they ended a run of five games without a win by beating Sheffield Wednesday 4-1.

The Championship outfit's star man was undoubtedly Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard, who scored all four goals on his debut for the club, including a 13-minute hat-trick.

The two sides have never met in the League Cup before and, although this will be their 30th match in all competitions, the last two of those fixtures have come over a period of 18 years.

Swansea boss Laudrup's main concern will be his player's welfare as they deal with the physical toll of competing in the Premier League, UEFA Europa League and League Cup simultaneously.

And the Dane will hope for no further injuries, with Pablo Hernandez (hamstring) and Neil Taylor (thigh) already ruled out.

Birmingham, meanwhile, will be without central defender Kyle Bartley, who is ineligible to play against his parent club, but have no other concerns.

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Competition
League Cup
Date
25 September 2013
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
3 - 1
Venue
St. Andrew's Stadium (Birmingham)
Attendance
7470

Goals

D. Burn 57'  
1 - 0
M. Green 61'  
2 - 0
T. Adeyemi 81'  
3 - 0
3 - 1
90'+5 W. Bony

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13 59'
23
4
31
6 57'
27
18
7
24 81'
17
25 61'
Coach: L. Clark
# Player Bookings
25
19
3 88'
16
2
20
7 45+1'
8
24
14
10 90+5'
Coach: M. Laudrup

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
22
10
16
20
26
30
11
# Player Bookings
26
21
15
33
4
1
9

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