Gulf in class may be too much for City this time

Bradford City v Aston Villa
 
Aston Villa should really have too much for Bradford in their Capital One Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday.

Don’t be deceived by Arsenal’s failure to win at Valley Parade in the quarter-finals because they were very complacent and Villa are unlikely to fall into the same trap.

There are three division between these sides and even though Villa are locked in a relegation battle, they should win this. In fact it’s because Paul Lambert’s under pressure that I fancy them - he can’t afford to make changes and risk getting beaten.

Make no mistake, Villa are in massive relegation trouble but they should also get to Wembley.
 
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Wales v N Ireland

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  • Northern Ireland have failed to score in three of their last four games
Expert verdict
Northern Ireland got the very best outcome they could have hoped for in Group C but their Euro 2016 adventure is set to end at the hands of a Wales side spearheaded by Gareth Bale. Wales will be high on confidence after their impressive 3-0 success over Russia and have a genuine outside chance of reaching the final.

 

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