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Eden Jon 21st Jan 2013 - 16:00

Villa to burst Bradford's Bubble?

Aston Villa v Bradford

Capital One Cup second leg

90 minute betting: Aston Villa @ 2/5 Draw @ 7/2 Bradford @ 7/1

To qualify: Aston Villa @ Evens Bradford @ 8/11

(This is a cup match and all markets are based on 90 minutes play unless stated)

A tale of two contrasting teams.

A Premier League side who have failed to meet expectations and a League Two outfit that has surpassed even their most avid supporter's dreams.

Aston Villa stand precariously close to the relegation positions and two draws and four defeats in their last six matches is evidence of a team lacking confidence.

However, they appear to have turned their winning mentality to full blast when it comes to the Cup competitions. They are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup and now, despite needing to turn around a 3-1 deficit, are one game away from a Wembley appearance (Vila @ 7/2 to lift the Capital One trophy).

Villa Park will be packed with the Villans faithful, who will be desperate to dispel any memories of the first leg encounter at Valley Parade and will expect a commanding performance from Paul Lambert's team.

And with Christian Benteke (First scorer @ 3/1, Anytime scorer @ 8/11 and the selection of our special enhanced wincast offer: Benteke to score and Aston Villa to win in 90 mins @ 6/4), Darren Bent (First scorer @ 3/1, Anytime scorer @ 8/11) Andreas Weimann (First scorer @ 4/1, Anytime scorer @ Evens) and Gabriel Agbonlahor (First scorer @ 9/2, Anytime scorer @ 6/5) to choose from in the strikers positions, goals a plenty will be top of Villa's priority list. (Villa to score in both halves @ Evens and Total Villa goals: Two @ 11/5, Three @ 10/3 and Four or More @ 18/5).

Christian Benteke has scored seven Premier League goals this season and despite the team's results, has looked in excellent form throughout. And Charles N'Zogbia is a strong and steady influence from midfield.

Defensively, the home side will be eager to halt the goals against column gaining further height (Villa Clean Sheet @ 6/5)

The Bantams sit in tenth place in League Two. However this is just two points behind the play off positions and they have belied their odds on numerous occasions during their Cup run for supporters of the club to believe that a Cup final place is theirs for the taking.

Nahki Wells (First scorer @ 7/1, Anytime scorer @ 2/1 and the selection of our special enhanced wincast offer: Wells to score and Bradford to win in 90 mins @ 10/1), Rory McArdle (First scorer @ 33/1, Anytime scorer @ 12/1) and Carl McHugh (First scorer @ 33/1, Anytime scorer @ 12/1) were the hero's in the first tie as Valley Parade celebrated a victory over Villa that proved the penalties win over Arsenal was no flash in the pan.

Nahki Wells opened the scoring in the home tie and the bigger clubs are starting to take notice of the striker who has netted thirteen times in the league. Bradford have conceded just two goals in three matches against Premier League opposition during their sparkling run and who is to say that the journey is over yet.

The opening 30 minutes may well dictate the outcome, as in previous games, Bradford have pounced early and forced their opponents to attack in force. This has worked a charm in allowing Bradford players to mount counter moves as they did so successfully when netting their third against Villa.

Has the Bradford dream come to a halt or will they Bantams be celebrating a trip to Wembley's hallowed turf?

Best Bets:

Villa to burst Bradford's bubble - Aston Villa 3 Bradford 0 @ 9/1
Villa to qualify @ Evens

Worth a Speculation:

Time of First Bradford goal - Up to and Including the 15th minute @ 13/2
Time of First Villa goal - Up to and Including the 15th minute @ 11/4

 

Opta Facts & Stats:

  • Villa's defeat away at Bradford in the first leg was their first-ever League Cup defeat to a side from the fourth tier (W23, D4).
  • In the first leg Villa racked up 11 shots on target, more than they have managed in any other game (in all competitions this season) but could only score one goal (Bradford had eight on target and bagged three).
  • The Bantams have a fine record in penalty shootouts in recent cup and knock-out competitions, winning their last nine shootouts, notably defeating Arsenal and Wigan in this year's Capital One Cup.
  • If Bradford can progress to the final, they will be the first fourth-tier side to defeat three top-flight teams in the same League Cup competition.
  • Villa have one victory in five home games in all competitions (L3 D1).
  • The Bantams are without a win in five away games, losing three and drawing two.
  • Only Theo Walcott has scored more goals in the League Cup this season than the inform Bradford striker Nahki Wells (three goals), he also has 13 in League Two this season.
  • Should Bradford progress it will be their first major cup final since 1911, when they managed to win the FA Cup beating Newcastle 1-0 when the final was replayed after a 0-0 draw.
  • Villa last reached the League Cup final in 2010, eventually losing 2-1 to Manchester United. It was the eighth time the Villans have made it to the final.
  • Villa have never been knocked out at this stage by lower league opposition, winning all three previous ties against lower league sides.

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