The Swans face Championship opposition for a place in the semi-final of the competition where they could potentially face Aston Villa or Norwich City, with Michael Laudrup looking to win some silverware during his first season in charge of the Welsh team.
As you might expect, City are warm favourites at 4/6 (Ladbrokes free bets) to claim victory in ninety minutes and some will regard that as a decent price considering that Swansea have largely been strong at the Liberty Stadium this term including a 1-1 draw with Chelsea and a 3-1 victory against West Brom.
Perhaps Laudrup will indulge in a spot of rotation although we have reached the business end of the Capital One Cup and the possibility of extra-time will want to be avoided ahead of a hectic fixture schedule where the games will come thick and fast.
As for Middlesbrough, they won at the Stadium of Light to get to this stage of the competition and are going great guns in the Championship with promotion a distinct possibility under Tony Mowbray.
Boro are a 9/2 chance (BetVictor) and the visitors have won five times on the road this season including victories at Blackburn, Watford and Brighton, with their counter-attacking style yielding plenty of points away from home.
Both of these teams play attractive football and there could be plenty of goals on the cards, with Swansea losing 4-3 at home to Norwich on Saturday and Boro winning 3-2 at Peterborough. Bet365 go 4/5 about Over 2.5 Goals and that looks attractive considering neither team will want extra-time.
We’re prepared to go for a crazy scoreline and a 4-2 win in Swansea’s favour can be backed at a mindblowing 80/1 with Stan James. 5-2 is even bigger at 125/1 and we should see the net bulge at both ends considering the scoring form that both teams are enjoying.