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League Cup

  • February 24, 2013
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Wembley Stadium, London
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 82997

Capital One Cup Final Preview: Bradford - Swansea

Capital One Cup Final Preview: Bradford - Swansea

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Both sides head to Wembley on the back of poor league form, with the Bantams, only the second fourth-tier side to make the final of the competition, hoping for another upset.



Darby, McHugh, McArdle, Good
Atkinson, Jones, Doyle, Hines
Wells, Hanson


Rangel, Williams, Tiendalli, Davies
Routledge, De Guzman, Britton, Dyer

Despite some suggestions that Bradford would be better off winning promotion and exiting the cup, now that they are in the final manager Phil Parkinson will name his strongest possible lineup.

The Bantams have no fresh injury worries and are therefore expected to name the same starting lineup that began both legs of the semifinal victory over Aston Villa.

Goalkeeper Matt Duke, who has impressed throughout the competition, will continue between the sticks, while James Hanson, who used to stack shelves in a supermarket, should keep his place up front.

Michael Laudrup has virtually a full-strength squad to pick from. Neil Taylor and Chico Flores (both ankle) are his only absentees, and with the Swans boss resting key names in the defeat to Liverpool this week, he is likely to ring the changes and bring his star men back into the fray.

Dwight Tiendalli could replace Flores at the back, while Michu, Ashley Williams, Angel Rangel, Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge all started on the bench in the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool but should all feature from the start at Wembley.

Kyle Bartley, Garry Monk, Roland Lamah, Kemy Agustien and Itay Shechter are thus all likely to drop out of the starting lineup.

  • Bradford will be only the second team from the fourth tier of English football to play in the Capital One Cup final, the other, Rochdale in 1962, lost 3-0 to Norwich.
  • If they manage to lift the trophy the Bantams will become only the second team outside the top flight (after Sheffield Wednesday) to eliminate four Premier League sides in the same run (having dumped Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa out already).
  • The League Two side is seven points off the playoff places in the league, having won just one league game in 2013, making their cup run all the more unbelievable.
  • Bradford's last major domestic cup final came way back in 1911 when the club beat Newcastle in an FA Cup final replay.
  • The Bantams lost their last league outing 2-1 away to bottom-of-the-table Wimbledon, hardly the perfect preparation for a cup final at Wembley.
  • Bradford captain Gary Jones (pictured) was given his first professional contract in the Football League by Swansea in 1997, where he made eight appearances for the club under three managers.
  • Swansea has managed just two wins in its last eight games across all competitions, failing to find the net in six of them and losing its last match 5-0 to Liverpool.
  • Laudrup's men's last goal away from the Liberty Stadium came at Stamford Bridge in the Capital One Cup semifinal back in early January.
  • Sunday will be the Welsh side's first-ever major domestic cup final.
  • Should the final go to penalties, the League Two side may well be favorites after winning its last nine successive shootouts, including two in this competition, a record for any English club.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Bradford City

Swansea City


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