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Aston Villa vs Bradford City

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On January 22nd Aston Villa welcomes Bradford City at the Villa Park in Birmingham. The Bantams will try to become first fourth-tier finalist since 1962. Phil Parkinson’s team managed a great 3-1 win at the Valley Parade in the first leg. They face an improving Premier League team for a place in the League One Cup final.

It is the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final. In the first leg Bradford won with a score 3-1. Bradford knew they had to do their best to hold comfortable result. Villa knows they need to score quickly and put pressure on Bradford. Early goal could help them to progress in the game. Bradford probably will not just sit back and will use counterattacks if they don’t want to end up under huge pressure.

 

Aston Villa are seventeenth in the EPL standings with twenty points after twenty three games. They are just one point above the relegation zone teams. Their present form has seen one win, two draws and two defeats in their last five matches. They had a 2-2 draw with WBA last weekend. Their last five home games have ended with one victory, one draw and three defeats. Paul Lambert’s team has won only one game of their last eight.                                                                        Aston Villa haven’t played in the League Cup at home since August’s opening 3-0 win over Tranmere. Also Aston Villa have passed Man City, Swindon and Norwich to progress to this stage.

 

Bradford City are ninth in the League Two table with forty points after twenty seven games. Their present form has seen one win, one draw and three losses in their last five games. Their last five games on the road have seen two draws and three losses. Also they have just two wins in their last nine games.                                                                                                Bradford are trying to reach the final of this competition. They have already passed Notts County, Watford, Burton Albion, Wigan Athletic and Arsenal. If they will progress to the final, they will be the first fourth-tier team that knocked out three Premier League teams.

 

Aston Villa need to score goals, so Brett Holman probably will return to a more attacking tactics with Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke up front. Fabian Delph is under doubt after the game against West Brom. Barry Bannan is trying to return to full fitness. Nathan Baker has leg problem and is likely to miss out this tie. Andreas Weimann will hope to recover from the illness.

 

Phil Parkinson gave a rest to his key players in the last Tuesday’s Football League defeat against Crewe. So, those rested players could return to the starting line-up for this Cup semi-final game. New signing Michael Nelson could play in defence for Bradford. Other new player Andy Gray is unable after appearing for Leeds earlier in the competition.            Top goalscorer James Hanson could return on the field after missing the last two mathces with a broken toe. Stephen Darby, Will Atkinson and Garry Thompson are also available for this game.

 

Aston Villa line-up: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, Holman, Westwood, Bannan, N’Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Benteke.

Aston Villa

Last three matches:

West Bromwich Albion 2 – Aston Villa 2;

Aston Villa 0 – Southampton 1;

Bradford 3 – Aston Villa 1.

 

Bradford City line-up: Duke, Darby, McArdle, McHugh, Good, Hines, Jones, Doyle, Atkinson, Hanson, Wells.

Bradford City

Last three matches:

Bradford 1 – Oxford United F.C 2;

Bradford 3 – Aston Villa 1;

Barnet 2 – Bradford 0.

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