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League Cup

  • 8 January 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Coral Windows Stadium, Bradford, West Yorkshire
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 22245

Bradford - Aston Villa Preview: Bantams looking to prolong dream Capital One Cup run against Villans

Bradford - Aston Villa Preview: Bantams looking to prolong dream Capital One Cup run against Villans

Clive Brunskill

The League Two minnows have proved they can spring a shock by knocking both Wigan and Arsenal out of this competition but will remain underdogs for this semi-final tie



Darby, Meredith, McHugh, McArdle
Jones, Atkinson, Jones, Doyle
Hanson, Wells


Lowton, Clark, Herd, Lichaj
El Ahmadi, Delph, Westwood, Bennett
Bent, Benteke

Andrew Davies (knee), Luke Oliver (Achilles) and Garry Thompson (knee) are all expected to miss out for Bradford.

However, the Bantams have few other injury worries as they prepare to host Premier League opposition yet again this season.

Paul Lambert, meanwhile, will have to juggle his squad as the Villans have a number of injury problems to contend with across several positions.

Marc Albrighton is doubtful for the clash after injuring his foot against Ipswich but could make the squad whilst Richard Dunne (groin) and Stiliyan Petrov (leukaemia) have no set return dates.

Ron Vlaar (calf) and Nathan Baker (hamstring) should both still be out while long-term absentee Gary Gardner (knee) will be absent until May.

Neither side has any suspensions for the game.

  • Bradford have an excellent record against Premier League opposition in the Capital One Cup this year, having knocked out both Wigan and Arsenal.
  • If the Bantams progress against Aston Villa, they will be the first fourth-tier team to knock out three Premier League teams in the same year.
  • Phil Parkinson's men conceded four goals in their last home game, losing 4-2 to Rochdale in League Two.
  • Aston Villa have conceded 18 goals in their last five games, including 10 in just two away fixtures.
  • The Villans have won every single time they have faced a fourth-tier team in the League Cup - 19 victories in total.
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor (pictured, right) has five goals in seven League Cup games.
  • This will be Villa's 14th appearance in a League Cup semi-final, a record matched only by Arsenal and Liverpool.


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Available Squads
12Matt DukeGoalkeeper
2Stephen DarbyDefender
16Carl McHughDefender
23Rory McArdleDefender
-Curtis GoodDefender
31Will AtkinsonMidfielder
18Gary JonesMidfielder
24Nathan DoyleMidfielder
9James HansonStriker
41Zavon HinesStriker
-Nahki WellsStriker
-Jon McLaughlanGoalkeeper
8Richard RavenhillMidfielder
7Kyle ReidMidfielder
-Ritchie JonesMidfielder
18Blair TurgottMidfielder
17Alan ConnellStriker
-Ross HannahStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
29Joseph BennettDefender
2Nathan BakerDefender
34Matthew LowtonDefender
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
16Fabian DelphMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
20C. BentekeStriker
10Andreas WeimannStriker
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
37Enda StevensDefender
43Eric LichajDefender
32Stephen IrelandMidfielder
40Samir CarruthersMidfielder
39Darren BentStriker
36Graham BurkeStriker
Players to Watch
Nahki Wells
Nahki Wells
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
1 3 0 0
The powerful forward was in excellent form as his side dumped Arsenal out of the competition in the quarter-finals, proving to be a real thorn in the side of Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker. The Villa defence has been shaky at best of late and will not relish facing the athletic striker, who has 15 goals in 31 appearances this term.
Darren Bent
Darren Bent
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 39
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The Englishman scored the equaliser against Ipswich on his return to first-team action in the FA Cup, and Paul Lambert could hand him another start at Bradford to test his resolve. The striker may still be on his way during the January transfer window after falling out of favour but he remains a potent threat in front of goal.
Villa's form has fluctuated wildly in all competitions recently, making this tie particularly tricky to predict. Paul Lambert's side also find themselves in the midst of a relegation battle in the Premier League, meaning changes are likely ahead of the trip to Bradford. The Bantams have proved themselves capable of causing a shock on several occasions this season, but the visitors' extra quality should tell on the night.
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