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Simon Gott 21st Feb 2013 - 19:00

Capital One Cup Final – Opta Facts


Bradford City v Swansea City

  • Bradford City have become only the second team from the fourth tier to reach the League Cup final; the other was Rochdale, who lost 0-3 to Norwich City in 1962.
  • The last team from outside the top-flight to win the League Cup were Sheffield Wednesday, who beat Manchester United in 1991. Since then, five other teams have made the showpiece, including Cardiff City last season, but all have been defeated.
  • Only three of the 12 teams from outside the top division to face a top-flight side in the League Cup final have won the competition (QPR 1967, Swindon Town 1969, Sheffield Wednesday 1991).
  • The Bantams are looking to become only the second team from outside the top-flight (Sheffield Wednesday 1991) to eliminate four top tier sides from the same League Cup competition.
  • This will be Bradford's first appearance in a major domestic final since 1911, when they beat Newcastle United 1-0 in a replay to lift their only FA Cup.
  • Swansea, meanwhile, have never before made the final of a major domestic cup.
  • Three of the last four clashes between the Swans and the Bantams (all played in League One between 2005/06 and 2006/07) have ended level, with the Welsh side winning the other 1-0.
  • Overall, these sides have a completely overall record; in 54 previous meetings (all in the league), they have won 20 apiece and drawn 14.
  • Swansea have only won two of their last eight games in all competitions (D3 L3) and have failed to score in six of those games.
  • Michael Laudrup's side have not scored a goal away from the Liberty Stadium since a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge in the Capital One Cup semi-final back in early January.
  • The Welsh side have scored a goal inside the final 10 minutes of five of their six Capital One Cup games this season; the exception being a 0-0 second-leg draw at home to Chelsea in the semi-final.
  • Bradford have only won two of their last 11 games in all competitions, drawing two and losing seven.
  • Phil Parkinson's side have won their last nine successive penalty shootouts, a record for any English club, including two already in this Capital One Cup competition (v Wigan and Arsenal).
  • Swansea manager Michael Laudrup twice won the Danish Cup whilst in charge of Brondby (2002/03, 2004/05) and also reached the Copa Del Rey final with Getafe in 2007/08 before losing to Valencia.


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