Football: Capital One Cup Round 5 - Bradford v Arsenal
Tuesday December 11
Sky Sports 2 7.45pm
Arsenal’s topsy-turvy but highly entertaining 12-goal game against Reading in the previous round of the Capital One Cup has clearly convinced broadcasters that the Gunners are worth following on their mission to win a first trophy in seven years.
On Tuesday night the Sky cameras follow Arsene Wenger’s troop to Valley Parade, where League Two side Bradford City will look to go one step further than their quarter-final appearance of 1989 – when they were knocked out by Bristol City. Bantams boss Phil Parkinson declared himself ecstatic with their penalty shootout victory against Wigan in the previous round, admitting Wigan gave his side “problems we don’t normally come up against in League Two, in terms of the movement of the team and their shape”.
Arsenal had problems of their own when they went 4-0 down within 37 minutes of their fourth-round tie at the Madejski Stadium. That they eventually ran out as 7-5 winners after extra time left observers almost as bemused as Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin – both of whom threw their shirts into the crowd after the final whistle, unaware that another 30 minutes had to be played.
Wenger has listed the League Cup as fifth on his list of priorities for this season, so the likes of Andrei Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh are likely to get another run-out on Tuesday, along with youngsters Serge Gnabry and Thomas Eisfeld. Parkinson will hope Arsenal follow the same kamikaze game plan that saw them fall so far behind so fast at Reading.
Whichever Gunners side turns up, for promotion hopefuls Bradford this is a pressure-free tie with little to lose. And that’s always dangerous.
The other fifth round fixtures:
Norwich v Aston Villa (Tuesday 7.45pm)
Swansea v Middlesbrough (Wednesday 7.45pm)
Leeds v Chelsea (Wednesday December 19, 7.45pm)