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League Cup

  • December 11, 2012
  • • 22:45
  • • Coral Windows Stadium, Bradford, West Yorkshire
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 23971
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Bradford City won 3 - 2 on penalties

Bradford City - Arsenal Preview: Gunners hoping to avoid giant-killing in Capital One Cup

Bradford City - Arsenal Preview: Gunners hoping to avoid giant-killing in Capital One Cup

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The visitors will look to book their place in the semi-final, but will have to make it past a Bantams side who have already taken one Premier League scalp this campaign

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BRADFORD CITY

Duke
Darby, McHugh, McArdle, Meredith
Thompson, Jones, Doyle, Atkinson
Hanson, Wells
ARSENAL

Szczesny
Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Squillaci, Gibbs
Ramsey, Arteta, Rosicky
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chamakh, Gervinho

Bradford have no fresh injury concerns coming into the tie, with striker Zavon Hines (ankle) and winger Kyel Reid (groin) both making good progress but unlikely to return before Christmas. Luke Oliver (Achilles) is out for the rest of the season, while Andrew Davies (knee) looks set to return in January.

Arsenal fielded a weakened squad during their 7-5 victory over Reading in October, but Arsene Wenger has insisted that, while one or two players will be rotated, he will be fielding a strong side here. One of those set to miss out is Bacary Sagna, who is still suffering from an ankle problem.

Abou Diaby (thigh) is thought to be around two weeks away from a return, while Laurent Koscielny (thigh) and Theo Walcott (calf) are also sidelined. Andre Santos could return from an abdominal injury that has kept him out for the past few weeks.

With the Gunners likely to rotate in some capacity, Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky could partner Mikel Arteta in the centre of midfield, allowing Wenger to rest Jack Wilshere and the influential Santi Cazorla.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • There have been 25 previous clashes between the two sides, with 11 going Arsenal’s way, nine Bradford’s and five ending in a draw.

  • The Bantams have already taken one Premier League scalp this campaign, beating Wigan on penalties at the DW Stadium in October.
  • The hosts boast the best home defensive record in League Two, having conceded just six times in 11 matches at Valley Parade.
  • Bradford have only lost once in their last 12 fixtures.
  • Arsenal currently have the second-best defensive record on the road in the Premier League this season, conceding just six in eight games.
  • Mikel Arteta (pictured, right) has made an average of 87.1 passes per game this season, the third-most of any player in Europe's top five leagues behind Manchester United's Michael Carrick (88.1) and Barcelona's Xavi (98.8).
  • The Gunners have not won the League Cup since 1993, and have not won a single trophy since 2005.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Bradford City

Arsenal

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Bradford City AFC BRA
Bradford City AFC Bradford City
Draw
Arsenal FC ARS
Arsenal FC Arsenal
85%

Top 3 Predictions

Bradford City AFC BRA
1 - 3
Arsenal FC ARS
Bradford City AFC BRA
0 - 3
Arsenal FC ARS
Bradford City AFC BRA
0 - 8
Arsenal FC ARS

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