Bradford 11-2 for glory after semi-final success

LEAGUE TWO Bradford are 11-2 with Coral to win the Capital One Cup after they booked their place in the final last night with a 4-3 aggregate victory over Aston Villa.

Bradford held a 3-1 advantage from the first leg at Valley Parade but Aston Villa, who were backed from 6-5 in to 10-11 with Ladbrokes to qualify, dominated the first half and took the lead after 24 minutes when striker Christian Benteke converted a Joe Bennett cross. 

But the game was turned on its head ten minutes after the break when Bradford’s James Hanson powered a magnificent header into the back of the net. 

The goal knocked the stuffing out of the hosts and although Andreas Weimann scored late on to give Villa a 2-1 victory on the night, it was not enough to deny the Bantams their place at Wembley.

The result was a disaster for under-fire Villa boss Paul Lambert, and Hills responded by quoting him at 5-1 to be out of a job by the weekend and 2-1 to leave the club before the end of the January transfer window.

Capital One Cup (best prices): 8-11 Swansea (Paddy Power, 11-4 Chelsea (Ladbrokes), 11-2 Bradford (Coral). 

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Sociedad v Espanyol

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  • Sociedad's five home league and European games have produced 24 goals
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Espanyol look a big price to spring a surprise in San Sebastian. The Catalans have only lost two of their last seven – they were against Barcelona and Real Madrid – while Sociedad do leak goals at home after conceding ten in four league outings. The visitors signed off last term with three away victories in four, and can return to winning ways.

 

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