Capital One Cup 2013

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

It’s never easy to remember what the League Cup is called these days and the executive folk at Capital One may have thought they’d be in with a VIP day at Wembley next month to see the likes of Manchester United or Arsenal but the reality is that if the Bookmakers have it correct, they’ll have to endure Bradford v Swansea.

Bradford of course lead The Villa 3-1 from the first leg, but while Paul Lambert’s side is hardly filled with experience, we reckon the few older heads in their ranks should see their side home against a Bradford side for whom many of their players will be nervous, knowing this is their only likely crack at playing at Wembley in their career.

It won’t help the League Two side that they arrive in poor form. The Bantams have won just two of their last ten overall and have just one in seven on the road. We can’t see anything other than an Aston Villa win, it’s just about by how many. There are numerous options of where to have a bet. Firstly we can’t believe Villa won’t trade lower than the 2.18 they start at to Qualify from tonight, whilst the Villians to lead at Half-Time and Full time is a good shout at 2.08.

Swansea stunned Chelsea when they stole a 2-0 victory at the Bridge a fortnight ago after two horrendous errors from Ivanovic. They’re unlikely to get such gifts again at the Liberty stadium. The Swans have only been beaten on their own turf once in the last 11 games – (Norwich won 4-3), and Chelsea could only muster a 1-1 draw there in November.

The last six domestic game Chelsea have played away from home have yielded six wins however and you’d have to back Chelsea to score with their midfield talent, whoever they are playing. However we aren’t convinced they’ll have enough to qualify, even at a best priced 5/2 at Ladbrokes. We’d rather place our money on both sides scoring at 1.66 on Betfair.

Ladbrokes will give you 9/5 on a Swansea v Aston Villa final – that looks a fine bet.

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