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Stuart Dalgleish 23rd Feb 2013 - 22:36

Bradford’s dream to come to nightmare end – League Cup final preview

Bradford (8/1) have had an unbelievable run in this year's Capital One Cup, but slick Swansea (2/5, draw 10/3) can crush their hopes when they meet in the final at Wembley.

It won't be anything new for the League 2 side though, they have been the outsiders in all but one of their matches in the competition this season and in the match that they were favourites (Burton in the third round) they had to come back from 2-0 down to progress, this team just doesn't know when to give up.

That's one thing that you can be certain of in the capital, Bradford will keep going until the final whistle, and Swansea will have to earn their victory.

People will be thinking that because Swansea are the Premier League side that they will rack up a cricket score, but I imagine Phil Parkinson will pack his midfield and try frustrate the Swans, and this might not be as one-sided as you think.

The pitch will certainly suit Michael Laudrup's men; they will be spraying passes all over the park and will look to tire out their (supposedly) weaker opponents, if Bradford hold their shape for the first half though Draw/Swansea (16/5) in the double result market could be worth a shout.

Both teams should be fresh as they have rotated, as you'd expect, their squads over the last few weeks; with City's star striker Nahki Wells (10/1 FGS) only playing five minutes in their last two games and the likes of James Hanson (11/1) and Carl McHugh (50/1) playing bit-part roles recently too.

Swansea made wholesale changes to their team last week, but it back-fired spectacularly as they were thumped 5-0 at Liverpool.

Michu (7/2), Ashley Williams (40/1), Angel Rangel (20/1), Wayne Routledge (12/1) and Nathan Dyer (10/1) all started that game on the bench, but all five of them are likely to be on from the beginning at Wembley.

That man Michu is who we base our offer around; we go 6/4 from 5/6 that the Spaniard scores and Swansea win in 90 minutes, for the Bantams we've increased Wells to score and Bradford winning in 90 minutes from 9/1 to 20/1.

It is expected that big bids will come in for the Swansea number 9 in the summer, if he helps them win a major trophy then that will only add £s to his value, and the Swans are not in a position where they have to sell so they'll be able to get a top price for their prized asset.

At the other end of the scale of course for Bradford is their star striker Wells, again his exploits this season have attracted interest but they will almost certainly have to sell if anything over a couple of millions is put their way, and I'm pretty sure it will do.

Big money isn't likely to come in for Hanson, Matt Duke or the skipper Gary Jones (33/1), but they have been equally as crucial to this fine run as their chief striker Wells, in fact Duke has been incredible between the sticks for City this season, helping the club through three penalty shoot-outs which is part of their English record nine successive spot kick wins in a row, the League 2 side are 14/1 to win it on pens, with Swansea 12/1.

I don't think it will go all the way this time though, Swansea's class will tell in the end and if Bradford tire then a bet on Swansea -2 at 5/2 could be realistic, -1 at 10/11 might be the safer bet.

In the timecast market you can get 17/10 on Swansea scoring the first goal and it being after 31 minutes, the Welsh team winning with both teams scoring in our new match result and both teams to score market is 9/4.

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