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Juan Mata and Demba Ba will look to make an impression in the Capital One Cup third round match against SwindonReuters

Juan Mata is set for a start when Chelsea travel to League One side Swindon in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

Mata has been controversially left out of the Chelsea side this season, with Jose Mourinho preferring Oscar in the No.10 position.

While the Portuguese's decision to play the Brazilian was justified this weekend when Oscar scored the opening goal against Fulham, Mourinho continues to be criticised over the manner in which he has treated Mata.

The Spaniard has been Chelsea's best player by far in the last couple of seasons, but Mourinho clearly does not prefer the playmaker and Mata could not even find a place in the 18-man squad on Saturday.

However, the third round of the League Cup gives the 25-year-old the opportunity to shine and show Mourinho that he deserves a place in the starting XI.

While Chelsea are the overwhelming favourites for the tie, Swindon cannot be taken for granted having already knocked out Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers in the second round.

Swindon manager Mark Cooper is looking to emulate Bradford City's run to the Capital One Cup final last year.

"There is no pressure on us, if you do lose everyone expects it," he said. "We're going to play and use it as a no-pressure game and hopefully we'll play freely and enjoy it.

"It's a bonus game for us because no one really gives you a hope when you're playing against a team as big as Chelsea.

"When you play in the Capital One Cup sometimes you get drawn against teams who rest a lot of their players or all of their players so if they don't quite fancy it then you knock them out.

"That's what Bradford did last year -- they had a great run and knocked out Arsenal and Aston Villa. You do take inspiration from that but whether Jose Mourinho lets that kind of thing happen I doubt very much."

Team News: Apart from Mata, David Luiz, another player who wasn't even in the squad against Fulham, will return, while the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Michael Essien and Ryan Bertrand will also be given opportunities.

Swindon have plenty of injury problems with Ryan Mason and Ryan Harley joining a list that already includes Aaron Oakley, Tijane Reis and Alex Smith, while Nathan Byrne serves the third of this three-match suspension.

Tottenham loanee Alex Pritchard, though, comes back from suspension, while former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger is set for another start after scoring his first league goal in the 3-2 win over Bristol City.

Where to watch

The match is scheduled for a 12.15 a.m. IST (Wednesday) start, with it set for a Live telecast on Ten Action.

Expected lineups: Swindon: Foderingham, Thompson, Hall, McEveley, Ward, Luongo, N'Guessan, Kasim, Pritchard, Ajose, Ranger.

Chelsea: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Bertrand; Essien, Van Ginkel; De Bruyne, Mata, Willian; Ba.

Prediction: 4-1 to Chelsea