This is the second leg of the League Cup semi-final with Aston Villa hosting League 2 side Bradford City. In the previous leg, Villa lost 3-1 and must win by a 2 goal advantage if they are to progress to the final in Wembley. Aston Villa have been struggling in the cup and league with their previous victory being against Ipswich in the beginning of the year. Bradford are fighting for promotion and for a trip to Wembley, they will be the happier of the two sides with their recent performances.
One player that has impressed over the course of the season is Naki Wells, the Bermuda forward scored one against Villa and has definitely caught the eye of many football fans and scouts.
Aston Villa Team News:
Nathan Baker and Ashley Westwood are unavailable for this game. Baker obtained an injury during the game against West Brom while Westwood is cup-tied. Shay Given and Fabian Delph will receive late fitness test.
Bradford Team News:
Bradford may give a debut to new signing Michael Nelson and James Hanson may return following a broken toe
Aston Villa Facts:
Paul Lambert’s side have scored 15 goals in five matches in this season’s competition.
Prior to their first-leg defeat at Bradford, Villa had won all 27 previous League Cup games against teams from the fourth tier, scoring 95 goals.
The Villans have won six of the last seven League Cup matches at Villa Park.
Bradford are playing in the semi-finals of the League Cup for the first time in the 53-year history of the competition.
The Bantams have kept clean sheets in only two of their last 14 League Cup ties.
They have won nine consecutive penalty shootouts – an English record.
Aston Villa 4-1 Bradford
I’m going for a win, I don’t expect extra time but I expect Bradford to score as well. Yorke has said that if Lambert fails to get Villa to Wembley he may get sacked, I agree with him. This is a huge game for the team and for the manager; Villa must win or the fans will completely turn on the team and manager.