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

19:45 We 29Jul

Celtic v FK Qarabag

Home Win Draw Away Win
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  • Qarabag have kept clean sheets in four of their six previous Champions League matches
Expert verdict
The name might not be familiar but Celtic know Qarabag pose a threat. The Azerbaijan champs, who beat FC Twente and eventual finalists Dnipro in last season’s Europa League and also held Inter and St Etienne to draws, are no mugs. A trip via four time zones won’t have helped but they can frustrate the Scots.

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