Date: 11th August 2008 at 9:56pm
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Roberto Martinez will turn his attentions to the Carling Cup on Tuesday evening as he prepares to face Brentford at the Liberty Stadium.

Both Swansea and Brentford were left picking up the pieces after opening day defeats. The Bees’s being stung by a 42nd minute Andy Bishop strike that saw Bury pick up all three points at Gigg Lane.

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It even left Brentford manager Andy Scott declaring the performance by his side as inexcusable. Life in the championship did not get off to a wining start for Swansea either with a disappointing 2-0 loss to Charlton at the Valley. However, the performance deserved at least a point.

Putting defeats aside, both sides will be pushing to get into the second round of the League Cup competition. Last season saw the Griffin Park outfit dumped out of the cup in the first hurdle as Bristol City triumphed over the Bee’s by thee goals to nil.

Roberto Martinez’s side fared slightly better than their London opponents. After a solid 2-0 win over Walsall in the first round, Leroy Lita then broke Swansea hearts in the 104th minute to fire then-Premiership outfit Reading into the third round.

Tuesday’s match also will mark the return of a former Swan as Marcus Bean is likely to feature for the League Two outfit. Using his connections with former club Queens Park Rangers, Kenny Jackett then manager of the club brought the Defender on loan to South Wales. Darren Pratley also faces his former employ

Vital Quotes:

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Swansea City Team News:

Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez is expected to ring the changes from Saturday’s side with another important League game to be played on the weekend. Dorus De Vries is sure to keep his place but there is likely to be changes throughout the field.

The likes of Tate and Lawrence could be given important match time along with new signings Fede Bessone and Alberto Serran. Captain Garry Monk serves a one match ban after his sending off against Charlton.

In midfield, Orlandi didn’t even make the bench at the Valley so he’ll be hoping to start on the left wing. Alongside him could be the likes of Owain Tudur-Jones, Shaun MacDonald and Kristian O’Leary.

Martinez will be without Angel Rangel and Gorka Pintado who are both injured, while Jason Scotland is still lacking match fitness to start a full game.

Player to watch: Guillem Bauza

Is likely to play again due to our lack of strikers that are fit. After firing blanks in front of goal at Charlton, he’ll be looking to get on the scoresheet on Tuesday night.

Brentford Team News:

Brentford are also likely to make changes to their side. Defender Sam Wood is required to have a late fitness test after suffering a knock to his ankle while Charlie MacDonald is out with a groin problem. Gary Smith and Ryan Dickson are also doubtful.

Player to watch: Alan Connell

The striker joined the club at the beginning of last season from Hereford and scored 12 goals in 36 games, average a goal every 3 games.

Match Facts & Stats

Brentford finished 14th in League Two last season.

Head to Head:
Swansea League Wins – 27, Brentford Wins – 26, Draws – 19.

Swansea City are yet to beat Brentford in the League Cup, drawing 1 and losing 1.

Ref Watch:

Referee: S J Bratt

Assistant Officials: A P Bennett and A Williams

Fourth Official: K Johnson

Match Prediction:

Swansea City should be looking at a comfortable win and progression through to the second round. Score: 2-0 win.

Next Fixtures:

Saturday 16th August:
Swansea City vs Nottingham Forest
Liberty Stadium