Betting round-up: Battle for Bradford

The Bantams have been the fairytale story from this year's League Cup, but are tipped to struggle against Premier League opponents Aston Villa on Tuesday Indonesia   By PAUL GOUGH
Betting Editor


Bradford City are being given little chance of pulling off yet another League Cup upset and making it all the way to the final when they face English Premier League outfit Aston Villa in the first leg of their semi-final showdown on Tuesday [Wednesday morning Australian time].

League Two club Bradford have been the story of this season's League Cup, firstly knocking out Premier League side Wigan in the fourth round before producing one of the biggest upsets in recent history when they defeated mighty Arsenal on penalties in the quarter-finals.

But since their shock win over Arsenal, Bradford have won just one of their past five league matches to be sitting seventh in League Two and have been knocked out of the FA Cup.

And although Aston Villa are 16th in the Premier League and face the prospect of relegation for the first time since 1987, Paul Lambert's team gained a creditable 2-2 draw away to Swansea before progressing to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 home win over Championship side Ipswich on Saturday.


Chelsea to win the League Cup at $1.59 at Betfair
Bradford and Aston Villa to draw at $4 at Betfair

However, before that, Villa had one of the worst runs in their history when they lost three-successive league games while conceding a total of 15 goals and scoring none.

So while there is no doubt Bradford are capable of causing another upset, few are prepared to back them against Villa, who have been installed as the $1.65 favourites at Eskander's Betstar and $1.73 at to win the first leg, with Bradford priced $4.90 and $4.75 respectively.

At leading betting exchange Betfair - where punters get to set their own odds - Villa have been installed as the $1.78 favourites with Bradford at $5.10 and the draw at $4.

And there has been little support for Bradford, with Villa having attracted nearly 80 percent of money wagered so far on the match.

However, Bradford are capable of holding Villa to at least a draw at home in the first leg, although even with that result they are likely to be overwhelmed in the second leg at Villa Park in a fortnight's time.

But even if they get past Bradford, few believe they are capable of beating Chelsea in the final.

The Blues, who have also won four of the past six FA Cups as well as three League Cups in the past 15 years, are favourites to beat Swansea in the other semi-final.

Ahead of this week's first leg semi-final showdowns, Chelsea are the $1.55 favourites at TAB Sportsbet and $1.59 at Betfair to win the League Cup, ahead of Villa at $3.40 and $4.60 respectively.

Swansea are priced at $7 at both TAB Sportsbet and Betfair with Bradford the rank outsiders at $34 at TAB Sportsbet and $38 at Betfair.

* Note prices subject to change


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