Capital One Cup Semi Final Live Odds : Bradford v Aston Villa, Chelsea v Swansea on offer for punters

The Capital One Cup resumes this week with Paddy Power releasing the latest odds on Bradford v Aston Villa, Chelsea v Swansea, as well as a new free bets offer as the firm report that Chelsea are proving popular to lift the trophy outright.

This week sees the first legs of the Capital One Cup semi-finals take place and they both are sure to be cracking encounters.

Bradford City, who are currently plying their trade in League Two, are first up as they host Aston Villa of the Premier League as the ‘Bantams’ attempt to replicate their giant killing exploits against Arsenal in the previous round.

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Bradford making it to this stage of the competition is quite remarkable, especially as they beat Arsenal on home soil in the quarter-finals.

Although they will be delighted to have made the final four, they will not just be coming into this one to make up the numbers and will fancy their chances of taking a victory into the second leg.

Phil Parkinson is extremely proud of his side and there really is something special about Valley Parade on these cup nights. The fans can act as a twelfth man for the team in this one and although the odds are stacked against them, you cannot write Bradford off.

As for Aston Villa, they have also been impressive in the competitive and Paul Lambert’s men were 4-1 winners at Norwich City in the previous round as their price of 8/11 reflects their superiority.

In the Premier League, they have been struggling, but this is a welcome distraction and the Villains know there will never be a better chance to make it to a final at Wembley.

Lambert will be looking to all but clinch the tie in this first leg so the pressure is off them at Villa Park, but it won’t be easy as for many of the Bradford players, this is the biggest game of their careers so far.

With confidence a little the brittle side amongst the Villa players, the price of 7/2 for the Bantams home win is sure to attract plenty of attention.

On Wednesday evening, Swansea City make the journey to London to take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in what has the makings of being a cracking 90 minutes of action.

Of course, the Blues will be the big favourites for this one at 4/9, and are looking to take a healthy lead to the Liberty Stadium for the second leg later in the month.

One thing you can never do is take Swansea lightly though and you can expect them to put in a big performance here.

Demba Ba is eligible to play for Rafael Benitez’s men in this one, which is a boost for the side as the striker netted twice in his debut at Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday. The ex Newcastle man can be backed at 3/1 to find the net first in this one.

Benitez knows the pressure is on him to deliver silverware in this Capital One Cup as on paper, Chelsea are by far the strongest team still in the tournament.

They cannot afford to be complacent though and must be at their best on Wednesday evening.

The Swans can come into this one with plenty of confidence after a 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

Michael Laudrup’s team fancy their chances against anyone they face at the moment and after Queen Park Rangers won at Stamford Bridge last week, they know that the Blues can be beaten on home soil.

If the service is right for the incredibly impressive Michu, then Swansea can cause a lot of problems for Chelsea. Danny Graham is also beginning to find his form of last season, and has chipped in with three in his last three games, and his price of 10/1 to score first could reap dividends.

The only thing going against them is fatigue, with many players out on their feet against Arsenal. Nonetheless, 7/1 on the away win looks more than a shade of value.

It should be a superb couple of nights in this tournament that has been full of excitement this campaign.

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