Bantams send Arsenal crashing in huge upset

BRADFORD caused a massive upset after beating Arsenal 3-2 on penalties to progress through to the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

The League Two Bantams, who came close to beating the Premier League outfit in normal time before a late Thomas Vermaelen equaliser sent the game beyond 90 minutes, are still 33-1 with Ladbrokes to go all the way and lift the trophy.

Vermaelen, Marouane Chamakh and Santi Cazorla all fluffed their lines in the spot-kick drama and bet365 reacted by quoting the Gunners at 7-1 to end their trophy drought this season and 1-14 to once again finish the campaign without success.

Hills are 4-6 that Wenger never wins another trophy as Arsenal manager and 11-10 he can bring some joy to the Emirates, while the same firm rate the Frenchman 7-2 to have departed the club before the end of this season.

Aston Villa are 4-1 with bet365 to win the League Cup following their excellent 4-1 triumph at Norwich, while in the Premier League Sunderland eased their relegation fears and pushed Reading further into the mire with a 3-0 victory at the Stadium of Light.

A first-half blitz was the catalyst for the victory - James McClean and Steven Fletcher were on target inside 30 minutes - and Stephane Sessegnon added a late third as Sunderland were eased to 4-1 by Coral and Ladbrokes for the drop with Reading now at 1-4 with Blue Square Bet.

Match in Focus

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Sp. Gijon v Espanyol

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Sporting Gijon have picked up just six points from a possible 51 against top-half teams this season
Expert verdict
Sporting Gijon's 2-2 draw at bottom club Osasuna did little to boost their survival chances in La Liga so they desperately need a home win over Espanyol. Gijon conceded a last-minute goal in the 3-2 defeat to Real Madrid in their last game on their own patch and their defensive vulnerability could cost them against an Espanyol side who have won 12 of 16 matches against teams in the bottom half.

 

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