Bradford have defied the odds in all but one of their Capital One Cup ties to reach the semi-final but if their remarkable run is to continue all the way to Wembley, they’ll need to prevail as underdogs once more, this time over two legs, as they face Aston Villa.
The Bantams are a whopping 6/1 at BetVictor to qualify from the double-header while their Premier League opponents are just 1/7 at best with Paddy Power so bookies are obviously convinced that this contest is a bridge too far for the League Two outfit but the fans won’t be concerned by that and they’ll still turn out in huge numbers for the first leg at Valley Parade.
Paul Lambert’s men are odds-on at 4/5 with Betfred to take a lead back to Villa Park and Boylesports post 19/5 against City continuing their remarkable run by claiming victory in front of their own supporters. However, the way the Villans are defending at present, suggests that the outcome is far from a foregone conclusion in West Yorkshire, where bet365 post 8/11 against both teams finding the net and BetVictor price a stalemate at 29/10.
The latter isn’t out of the question, after all, Bradford drew with top flight pair Arsenal and Wigan in normal time earlier in the competition and with goals likely to go in at both ends, bold punters might fancy William Hill’s 7/1 for it to finish one-each.
Alternatively, punters sensing another upset can tackle Coral’s 3/1 marked against the Bantams in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market and Skybet price City front man Nahki Wells at 7/1 to give Phil Parkinson’s troops a shock 1-0 lead.