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.

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This Stamford Bridge clash appears to be one of the biggest mismatches in this season’s Champions League. Jose Mourinho may even have one eye on Sunday’s trip to Manchester United but whatever starting 11 he selects should be good enough to comfortably overcome the threat of Maribor.

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