Aston Villa v Bradford City;
Capital One Cup Semi-Final Second Leg, Villa Park;
Tuesday, 22nd January 2013; 19:45 KO.
Aston Villa are set to welcome back striker Andreas Weimann after suffering from illness last week, while Fabian Delph is also set to return after overcoming an ankle injury he picked up at the weekend.
As for League Two side Bradford City, new signing Michael Nelson is to be handed his debut, while forward James Hanson is also likely to be in the Bantams’ squad after missing the last two games with a toe injury.
Parkinson’s men won’t make it easy for Aston Villa
Despite holding a superior advantage over Aston Villa from the first leg, Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson still believes that they are the underdogs going into the game at Villa Park.
The Bantams continued their giant-killing of England’s top teams, with a 3-1 victory over the Villains in the first leg at Valley Parade.
Parkinson told the club’s official website: “Villa will still be favourites to progress.
“But if we give it our best shot in the second leg, regardless of whether we go thorough to the final or not, at least we can say that we have given it everything.”
The Bantams begun their Capital One Cup journey way back in August, beating Notts County 1-0.
Since then, they have already taken two Premier League scalps, knocking out Wigan Athletic and Arsenal on penalties, while also defeating Championship side Watford away.
“We know that we have a chance of making a bit of history – we want to be history-makers,” said the former Hull City and Charlton Athletic boss.
Parkinson feels that his players should not only fight for a chance to play at Wembley, but for the thousands of supporters that would have travelled in the adverse weather conditions to watch their side attempt to make history.
He said: “We want our supporters to drive back up the motorway after the game, regardless of the result, having seen their team play with real passion, commitment and desire.”
Match Prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford City (3-4 agg.)
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