There is all to play for at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon as Swansea take on Bradford in the Capital One Cup Final (Sky Sports 1, 4pm). Not many would have predicted that these two teams would contest the final when this competition started earlier this season but they are both bidding to make history as Swansea compete in their first ever major domestic cup final, while Bradford take their place in a cup final for the first time since 1911.
It is Premier League side Swansea who go in as 4/11 odds on favourites this weekend but League Two outfit Bradford have shown little regard for more illustrious opponents in this competition so far and they can be backed at 15/2 with William Hill. It has been a fairytale story for the Bantams and they are the first team from the fourth tie of English football to reach the League Cup final since Rochdale in 1962.
Bradford have disposed of Notts County, Watford, Burton, Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa to get this far and they are bidding to become the first team from outside of the top flight to win the League Cup since Sheffield Wednesday in 1992. Nahki Wells, who has scored 18 goals this season, has been a key figure for them so far as he has scored three goals in the competition and he is a best price 10/1 to score first this weekend.
Wells' pace up front could be key on Sunday for a Bradford side that are currently 11th in League Two, although it will be a concern that they have won two and lost seven of their last 11 in all competitions. Swansea, who are eighth in the Premier League, have fared little better in recent weeks as they have won just two of their last eight, failing to score in six of them.
They were thumped 5-0 by Liverpool on Sunday as Michael Laudrup rotated his side in preparation for this cup final, although the likes of Michu will return this weekend. Michu is 7/2 favourite to score first and Hills offer 6/4 for Michu to score in a Swansea win.
The Swans can expect to see a fair amount of the ball in this match and Bradford could tire as the game goes on. They will find that Swansea keep the ball far better than Aston Villa did and they could run out of gas in the end. In fact, Bradford's seven League Cup games have involved eight goals in the final 10 minutes, while Swansea have scored a goal in the final 10 minutes of five of their six matches in this competition.
A goal to be scored between the 81st minute and full-time can be backed at 5/4 on Sunday and ultimately Swansea should have enough quality to see them win their first ever major domestic trophy. Bradford are likely to provide stiff opposition though and the Bantams are 4/6 to win with a +2 goal advantage in the handicap market.
Bradford v Swansea Form
Check the season's statistics for both Bradford and Swansea, plus the odds ahead of Saturday's match.
Bradford v Swansea Tips
Tip #1: Michu to score and Swansea to win @ 6/4 with WilliamHill.
Tip #2: Nahki Wells to score first each-way @ 10/1 with WilliamHill.
Tip #3: Match goal scored between 81st minute and full-time @ 5/4 with WilliamHill.
Correct Score Odds
18/1 Bradford 1-0
50/1 Bradford 2-0
22/1 Bradford 2-1
12/1 Draw 0-0
17/2 Draw 1-1
20/1 Draw 2-2
13/2 Swansea 1-0
6/1 Swansea 2-0
15/2 Swansea 2-1
First Goalscorer Odds
13/2 Luke Moore
8/1 Itay Shechter
9/1 Pablo Hernandez
10/1 Jonathan De Guzman
10/1 Nahki Wells
10/1 Nathan Dyer
10/1 No Goalscorer
11/1 James Hanson
12/1 Wayne Routledge
14/1 Roland Lamah
14/1 Sung-Yeung Ki
Odds supplied by WilliamHill.com, who offer live in-play betting throughout the League Cup Final on Sunday.
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