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Swansea City vs. MK Dons

Liberty Stadium

19th February

19:00

Swansea City vs MK Dons

Swansea City turn their attentions to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tomorrow as they face MK Dons in the first leg of the Semi-Final.

Roberto Martinez's side are 2 games away from a trip to the new Wembley and he is certainly looking to take his side to London in May.

The Spaniard watched the Swans win the trophy 2 years ago as a player, under then-manager Kenny Jackett.

Swansea City will also be up against former goalkeeper Willy Gueret. The Frenchman joined the Dons at the beginning of the season and has averaged less than 1 goal conceded per game.

Vital Quotes:

Roberto Martinez:

'We know there is a huge prize at the end of it and this is the last and probably hardest hurdle.

'You realise how close you are and how important it is to be really focused over the next two games.'

'We are excited to be playing in a game where you can enjoy the cup feeling without having the pressure that you have in the league,' he said.

'It's a competition where we've played a lot of games and it's great in a way that it's the last home game of the competition and in that respect we are excited.'

Swansea City Team News:

Martinez must choose at least 6 first teamers tomorrow night, thanks to the Trophy's rules.

Paul Anderson is back in training and is available if fully fit.

The Swansea boss has no other injury news. Orlandi, and Lawrence are still out injured.

Roberto may well choose to rest some of his players after Saturday's game. The likes of O'Leary, Amankwaah, Austin, Bauza and Brandy will be hoping for starts.

Player to watch: Ferrie Bodde

If he plays I think he'll be vital in getting us through to the final. Has played a big role this season and alongside Pratley, the centre midfield duo are usually involved in all our attacking moves.

MK Dons Team News:

Jemal Johnson looks set to play on the left side of a 3-man attack when the Dons visit the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night.

Lloyd Dyer is currently struggling with tonsilitis and manager Paul Ince is expected to make a late decision on whether to include him in the side.

Aaron Wilbraham is out with a knee injury and loanee Felix Bastians isn't able to play as he is cup-tied.

Dobson isn't match fit yet after arriving from Stevenage.

Player to watch: Mark Wright

Wright has scored 5 goals in the last 3 games, scoring a brace in the 3-3 draw with Shrewsbury and netting a hatrick in a 5-1 win at Bury.

Match Facts & Stats

MK Dons are currently better away than at home. At home they've lost twice in the last 6, drawing 2 and winning just 1. Away they've won 4 in the last 6.

The Swans have won both their games against the MK Dons - in the 05/06 season. We won both 3-1, Leon Knight scored a hatrick on his debut for us at the Liberty Stadium.

Match Prediction:

Tough one to predict but Swansea should be looking for a comfortable win and a clean sheet to set themselves up for the second leg. Swans to win 2-0

Next Fixtures:

Friday 22nd February
Swansea vs Luton
7:45pm




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Date:Monday February 18 2008

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Your Comments

RM must not underestimate these if he's serious about getting to wembley
cyjax
Dont think he will be pretty much 1st team tonight i think
swans11
 

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