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Bradford v Swansea


Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium

Swansea will be overwhelming favourites when they take on League Two side Bradford City in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.


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Bradford have been on a magnificent run to book their place in the cup final, beating the likes of Watford, Arsenal and Aston Villa on their way.

The Bantams' league form have been indifferent of late, winning just one match since their first-leg semi-final win over Aston Villa at Valley Parade.

Defender Rory Mcardle has seemingly recovered from an ankle injury and returned to training earlier in the week and is set to return to the heart of the defence to partner Andrew Davies.

Gary Jones and Nathan Doyle will be the most likely midfield pairing, while Garry Thompson, Will Atkinson and Kyel Reid will be fighting it out for the wide positions. James Hanson and Nahki Wells are set to be partnered up-front to put the Swans defence under pressure.

Meanwhile, Swansea have had their fair share of troubles in the Premier League in recent weeks culminating in the calamatous 5-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

Michael Laudrup's side has only won once in their last five matches, a 4-1 drubbing of Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers at the Liberty Stadium.

Centre-back Chico Flores has lost his race to recover from ruptured ankle ligaments for the clash beneath the Wembley arch, meaning Garry Monk or Kyle Bartley will have to continue in the side after deputising at Anfield.

Ashley Williams will in all likelihood return to the centre of defence, along with the returns of Wayne Routledge, Michu, Nathan Dyer and Angel Rangel after all of them were left on the bench for the defeat on Merseyside.

Laudrup confirmed that Gerhard Tremmel will continue in his role as the Swans' cup goalkeeper, ahead of regular number one Michel Vorm.

Posted: 22/02/13 17:09

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