LC Preview: Bradford City v Aston Villa

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Let’s be honest here this is the game that both clubs wanted. Aston Villa face lower league opposition and lets face it with no disrespect intended a game that should be won over two legs. Then you have Bradford – against the Premierships whipping boys and based on their performances this season anything is possible.

Regardless of how positive the Villa fans appear to be manager Paul Lambert summed it up perfectly in yesterdays press conference by stating “We haven’t achieved anything yet – you don’t get anything for a semi-final.”

The last time Villa reached the hallow turf at Wembley was when we was beaten by Chelsea in that season that sore us visit Wembley twice in one season under O’Neill. The bad thing is we lost both.

Paul Lambert’s men started this years campaign away at Champions Manchester City where a brace from Gabby Agbonlahor ensured a 4-2 victory after extra time. Swindon away awaited the Claret and Blue army and Paolo Di Canio’s men gave them a run for their money but Villa came out victorious with a 3-2 win.

Next up was Christ Hughton and his Norwich side that hadn’t lost a game in 10 including wins over both Arsenal and Manchester United. Brett Holman, Christian Benteke and a double from Andreas Weimann sore Villa smash the Canaries on their own turf with a 4-1 victory.

Bradford last reached Wembley way back in 1911 when they beat Newcastle to win the FA Cup. On top of that, in case you don’t already know they have already knocked out both Wigan Athletic and Arsenal to reach this stage.

The run has probably secured the Bantams financial future with both Semi-Finals being televised it will bring in at least £1million keeping the administrators at bay.

Being an Aston Villa fan I will take nothing for granted and despite what happens tonight we must remember the game is played over two legs, but a win tonight wouldn’t half help things along wouldn’t it?

Team News

Bradford City: Boss Phil Parkinson could re-call Carl McHugh who has been struggling with a calf injury while there are question marks over left-back James Meredith who is hoping to overcome illness.

Tom Naylor has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Aston Villa: Marc Albrighton is Paul Lambert’s only fresh injury problem after he picked up a foot injury in the 2-1 victory over Ipswich the weekend.

Ashley Westwood, Richard Dunne and Ron Vlaar are all still casualties while Karim El Ahmadi is on African Nations duty with Morocco.

Statistics

  • This will be the 39th meeting between the two clubs with Villa beating Bradford last time out 3-0 back in 2001.
  • Aston Villa have won both previous League Cup meetings with the most recent game finishing 7-1.
  • This is the first time Bradford City have reached this stage of the competition in their history.
  • This is the 14th time Villa have took part in the Semi-Finals of this competition. They have never progressed to the final when they have failed to win in the first leg (D2 L3)

 

 

 

 

Looking for somewhere to drink? or wondering how to get to the ground? Then check out the Avillafan Travel Guide to Bradford.

 

6 COMMENTS

  1. Disgrace, 4/5 of those players are not fit to wear the shirt, no defence back four can’t defend set plays, baker looks out of his depth and Bennett looks like a championship player at best, midfield looks light weight and up front we should have had 3 or four tonight but, the worst thing was bent didn’t seem interested!! Sell him now lambert and get some one that’s wants to play for the villa!! We are just not good enough, championship here we come!!

  2. never have i ever said this , but im ashamed and embarrassed to be a villa fan tonight. Ive seen this team loose 8 0 to chelsea and 3 0 at home to wigan , lose when weve bin winning in the 89th minuite. but never have i seen such a lact luster preformance. I dont think we shouls say lerner out , hes invested over 100 mil in this club of ours. i dont think we should say lambert out hes been in the job 6 months. you know who we should blame ? the players ! those guys who wernt lose a wink of sleep tonight in there million dollar mansions. rant over

  3. Change needs to happen and I don’t think it is PL who is to blame. Learner needs to invest or has he gave up on this huge club already? It’s a total disrespect to our history what is happening right now. In my opinion it seems Learner is happy for our club to become a Championship side. To be well beaten by a club from how many leagues lower, should just not happen. There doesn’t seem to be a plan of action to correct the situation, it’s not rocket science, just neglect!!!!

  4. I’m sick of wasting my hard erned cash on watching crap!
    Lerner get the cheque book out or get out of villa park..
    I love what u did to the surrounding area of villa but you need to spend and spend big…
    I seem to remember you soent$89m dollies on the browns 2009…. Where’s our £89m quid…
    Spend or go!!!

  5. Spend the cash Lerner!
    2 defenders
    2 midfielders
    2 strikers & a keeper…
    £75m min…
    If not I urge all villa fans a mass boycott of home games!!!

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