Most neutrals will be rooting for Bradford City today as they bid to lift the Capital One Cup at Wembley. The League Two outfit have captured the public’s attention and affection by beating the likes of Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa on their way to the final and most fans will be hoping Phil Parkinson’s men can secure one last victory, this time against Swansea.
So, can Bradford do it? The heart says yes but the head contradicts and so do bookmakers, bet365 making the Bantams 9/2 to capture the silverware on offer and BetVictor making them 9/1 to do so in the 90 minutes while. Michael Laudrup’s troops are just 2/5 at Stan James to prevail in normal time.
Admittedly, there are no guarantees in sport and indeed, Parkinson’s boys have defied the odds throughout their incredible run but this contest could sadly prove to be a bridge too far.
Nevertheless, punters shouldn’t expect Bradford to be overawed. They’ve shown that they’re capable of keeping calm under pressure and can keep it tight, so a case can be made for a Swans triumph by a one-goal margin at 13/5 (Ladbrokes) as well as a 2-1 reverse for the plucky Bantams, at 17/2 with bet365.
Michu meanwhile, is the main threat for Swansea, the Spaniard having enjoyed a tremendous first season in English football. On-target against Chelsea in the last four, the ice-cool striker will relish the big stage and he’s 7/2 at Paddy Power to break the deadlock.