There is an added bonus to this week’s footballing weekend as we reach the conclusion of this year’s League Cup. The finalists of this campaign are Bradford City and Swansea City, two unlikely teams who have both fully deserved their chance to lift the trophy at Wembley. Regardless of who wins this game it will be history in the making, as neither side having ever won this competition. Swansea will go into this match as obvious favourites but Bradford have shown they are no push overs and in the final of a cup competition anything can happen. Choose a free bet for this match here.
No matter what the result of this match Bradford will be extremely proud of their achievements of having made it to the final, knocking out three Premier League teams in the process. They will head into this game under no pressure and feeling full of confidence, a combination that could well prove to cause this Swansea side a lot of problems. They are priced on William Hill at 15/2 to win this game in 90 minutes, a very high price for a side that has so far been brilliant in the competition. Their stand out player all season has been their striker Nahki Wells who has managed to score 18 goals so far. Skybet has him placed at 8/1 to score the first goal of this game and is at 11/4 to score anytime. Despite being huge underdogs the magic of cup competitions means you can never rule out an upset and the longer they stay in this game they could see the game go into extra time and possibly have to be settled on penalties. If this does occur then anything can happen, on Skybet they are at 4/1 to lift the trophy.
Bradford’s League Cup progress:
Notts County 0-1 Bradford (After Extra Time)
Watford 1-2 Bradford
Bradford 3-2 Burton Albion (After Extra Time)
Wigan Athletic 0-0 Bradford (Bradford win 4-2 on penalties)
Bradford 1-1 Arsenal (Bradford win 3-2 on penalties)
Bradford 3-1 Aston Villa
Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford
The Swans have once again had a great season in the Premier League, this time under the guidance of manager Michael Laudrup. This has been matched by their great run in the cup having knocked out Chelsea over two legs in the semis. Having seen their fierce Welsh rivals Cardiff go down to Liverpool on penalties in last year’s final they will be keen to do one better than them and bring the trophy back to Wales. William Hill has priced them at 4/11 to win this game in 90 minutes whilst Skybet is offering odds of 1/6 for them to lift the trophy. Like Bradford they have had one man in particular who has lighted up their campaign this year. Michu has been unquestionably one of the signings of the season and has so far racked up 18 goals this season. Skybet has him at 3/1 to be the first goalscorer in the game and 8/11 to score anytime. Despite it being a cup final you would certainly fancy Swansea to win this match, it is hard not to back a Premier League side against a League Two side, but you never know.
Swansea’s League Cup Progress:
Swansea 3-1 Barnsley
Crawley 2-3 Swansea
Liverpool 1-3 Swansea
Swansea 1-0 Middlesbrough
Chelsea 0-2 Swansea
Swansea 0-0 Chelsea
All this should make for a fascinating final which will hopefully deliver. Sometimes the importance of the League Cup is questioned by the bigger clubs but for these two sides winning this really would be a big deal. There will be a lot of people cheering on Bradford this weekend as everyone loves to see an upset but it is hard to see them beating the in-form Swansea at Wembley. It should be a closely fought game but perhaps Swansea’s class might tell in the end. A 3-1 Swansea win is priced at 11/1 on William Hill. This should be a game with quite a few goals so over 2.5 goals at 7/10 on Bet365 looks a good bet. Hopefully both teams will go out with an attacking mind set, otherwise you feel if Bradford sit back and let Swansea attack them it could be over quite early on. The longer they stay in this game and if it stays even with twenty minutes to go then anything could happen.
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