The League cup will complete its semi final line up in 2012 for the rest of the competition to culminate in early 2013. Just to remind you of the teams remaining in the competition:
• Arsenal – 2/1 Paddy Power
• Bradford – 100/1 Bet365
• Norwich – 14/1 Blue Square
• Aston Villa – 12/1 Ladbrokes
• Swansea – 8/1 Stan James
• Middlesborough – 28/1 Betfair
• Leeds – 26/1 Betfair
• Chelsea – 6/4 Betfred
Chelsea have been given some respite as they go off to the Fifa World club final in Japan, so will play their game a week later.
Bradford Vs Arsenal – Live on Sky Sports
Firstly, Opta facts, courtesy of http://www.oddschecker.com/football/english/league-cup/bradford-v-arsenal/winner
• Andrey Arshavin has scored three goals and assisted eight more in just eight appearances in the League Cup.
• Theo Walcott has scored eight goals in his last seven League Cup starts.
• Arsenal have made the quarter final of the League Cup in each of the last 10 seasons, the longest consecutive run of any team in the history of the competition.
• Arsenal have lost more League Cup finals than any other team; five.
• Arsenal have never lost a League Cup tie (eight ties) against a team from the 4th tier of English football, conceding just five goals in 12 matches.
• Bradford have won just one and lost six of their last eight games in all competitions against Arsenal. That dates back to 1922.
• The Gunners visited Bradford twice in the Premier League drawing one match and losing one.
• Arsenal have scored 13 goals in the League Cup this season; a competition high despite playing only two games to date.
• The Gunners have scored 15 goals in their last four League Cup away games.
The game could be hit or miss on the team that is selected for Arsenal. With Arsenals recent performances, it would pay them to field a strong team. We cannot ignore goals from that infamous Reading game, but backing over 2.5 goals is 8/15, which is nuts to get 1.57 on 3 goals or more. The teams have to score the goals first! The better price is for both teams to score at 4/5 as the hosts will give it everything. Betvictor gamble 4/5 on both teams to score.
Recommended betting – Both teams to score: 4/5 BetVictor
Norwich Vs Aston Villa
Norwich are on a roll, take on a Villa side, who have knocked out Manchester City on their travels. Norwich will eye this as a trophy to win and can especially at Coral’s 23/20!
Opta Facts – courtesy of http://www.oddschecker.com/football/english/league-cup/norwich-v-aston-villa/winner
• Darren Bent has scored four goals in his last seven League Cup appearances.
• Villa have lost just one of their last seven League Cup matches away from home (W5 D1 L1).
• Norwich have won just one of the last nine meetings with Villa (W1 D5 L3), but it came in the last game at Carrow Road (2-0).
• Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored four goals in his last four League Cup appearances.
• Only Liverpool (11) have made the final of the League Cup more times than Aston Villa (8) and only the Reds (8) have won it more often than the Midlanders (5).
• Villa and the Canaries have been drawn to play each other four times in the League Cup with the Midlanders winning all four ties.
• This will be the third meeting of Villa and Norwich in the Quarter Finals, but the most famous encounter was the 1975 final which Villa won 1-0.
We cannot ignore that Villa are one of the most successful teams in this competition. However, Norwich have the edge in our view and what better than add the Capital one cup to their cabinet! With only the semi finals and the final in front of either team, it would pay to go full blaze and pocket a semi final place.
We are convinced Norwich can win this and go 23/20 outright in 90 minutes.
Recommended betting – Norwich to win in 90 minutes: 23/20 Coral
Swansea Vs Middlesborough
Opta facts courtesy of http://www.oddschecker.com/football/english/league-cup/swansea-v-middlesbrough/winner
• This will be Middlesbrough’s 12th away League Cup draw in a row. They have won seven and lost four of the previous 11.
• Danny Graham has scored four goals in his last five League Cup appearances.
• The last time these two sides met was in the 2010-11 Championship and Swansea came back from 1-3 down with half an hour to play to win 4-3.
• There has been a goal scored in the 88th minute or later in nine of the last 10 League Cup matches involving Swansea.
• The last time Swansea lost at home in the League Cup was in August 2009 against Scunthorpe when they had three players sent off.
• This is the first time Swansea have ever made the quarter-final of the League Cup.
• Boro have reached the League Cup semi-finals five times; the first two they were eliminated, the next two they went on to lose in the final and the last occasion they went on to win the trophy.
Middlesborough have been unlucky not getting drawn at home, but this will not matter to them too much, as they have business to conduct. Looking at the match odds, Swansea are under priced at 4/6 with Coral, with the visitors 9/2 with Boylesports and the draw at 13/5 Sportingbet.
With Middlesborough’s history in the competition, they will have fond memories of winning the trophy. In our view in terms of quality there will not be too much difference between the teams, and this is why we are drawn to value, and the Boro are terrific value at 5/2 with Betfred to qualify, which is incredible value. This is worth a bet outright, but so is both teams to score at Coral’s 4/5!
• Both teams to score – 4/5 Coral
• Middlesborough to qualify – 5/2 Betfred