This is the semi-final of the League Cup and the first match played between these two sides as Bradford city host Aston Villa. Bradford’s journey to the semi-final has been an epic one, beating each team from one of the three divisions that are currently above Bradford city. Additionally they continue their penalty run after beating Arsenal in their ninth consecutive penalty victory. The semi-final encounter will also bring financial security too Bradford with the team bound to make 1 million through the semi-final appearances.
Aston Villa have begun their journey of recovering some much needed confidence after conceding 15 goals and losing all their festive matches. It wasn’t until the 2-2 draw at Swansea and their FA Cup victory against Ispwich that has finally begun to spring confidence into the team. Aston Villa are the favourites here because of their current League but they are coming up against a team that has knocked out Wigan and Arsenal.
Bradford Team News:
Forward James Hanson and defender James Meredith are all doubts for the game due to illness and injury. While Kyel Reid and Carl McHugh are fit again and may feature
Aston Villa Team News:
Marc Albrighton is out injured, Westwood is cup tied and El Ahamdi is with Morocco at the African Cup of Nations. Vlaar and Dunne remain long-term injuries
Bradford have already eliminated Premier League sides Wigan Athletic and Arsenal from the League Cup this year. No fourth-tier side has ever defeated three top-flight teams in the same League Cup competition.
Bradford have only once made the semi-finals of a major cup competition, beating Blackburn 3-0 in the last four of the 1911 FA Cup
Phil Parkinson’s side have only lost three of their 17 games at Valley Parade in all competitions this term, with Rochdale (2-4) the only team to win there by more than a single goal.
Aston Villa Facts:
Aston Villa have won all 19 previous League Cup ties against teams from the fourth tier, scoring 95 in total in 27 games (including replays and second legs) and never failing to net.
This will be Aston Villa’s 14th appearance in the League Cup semi-final, equalling the record held by Arsenal and Liverpool.
The Villans have progressed through eight of their previous 13 semi-finals, including in their last one against Blackburn in 2010, though they have only won two of 13 first-leg games (D7 L4).
Bradford City 1-2 Aston Villa
This is going to be a seriously close game, Bradford City did beat Arsenal and that’s why I can’t predict a crushing victory. I respect our opponents and I think they’ll give us a good game. I was even tempted to predict a draw! I think that Bent will be fired up, N’Zogbia has impressed but I couldn’t predict our starting 11 and I think that’s going to be the biggest surprise tonight.
You can also predict the game, all you have to do is comment below what you think the scoreline will be. You get 4 points for the correct score and a point for the correct result. Here is the top 5!