Bradford City vs Swansea City, Capital One Cup Final: Open Thread

“With starting odds of 1,000-1 as a minimum, Bradford’s achievement of reaching the Capital One Cup Final really can be considered a once in a millennium opportunity. In an era in which the selected elite dominate both domestic league and cups, a Bradford vs Swansea City final is a refreshing change to the usual mundane hierarchy,” writes Dave Waterhouse for the website Three And In. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

There are few Bradford or Swansea City supporters reading this. The vast majority of you are neutrals in this cup tie, but since it’s the first cup final this year, I would highly recommend that you watch it. Bradford has been incredibly exciting to watch in the tournament this season. And we all know how well Swansea can play.

For viewers in the United States, the game will be shown live on beIN SPORT beginning at 10:55am ET with commentators Ian Joy and Ross Dyer. If your TV provider doesn’t offer beIN SPORT, you can listen live via radio at or

Swansea starting XI: Tremmel, Rangel, Ki, Williams (c), Davies, Britton, de Guzman, Routledge, Dyer, Hernandez, Michu

Bradford starting XI: Duke; Darby, McArdle, McHugh, Good; Thompson, Doyle, Jones, Atkinson; Hanson, Wells.

The surprise team selection is that Ki Sung-Yueng has been picked to partner Ashley Williams in centre defense for Swansea. The Korean midfielder has been picked instead of Kyle Bartley and Garry Monk, which will come as a blow to both of those footballers who were hoping that one of them would play instead of the injured Chico Flores.

It’s a brave decision by Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, but it’s a sound one in my mind. Both Bartley and Monk are still having nightmares after their weak performance against Liverpool from last Sunday. And Ki offers the height and strength in the back. He’s played in that position before for Swansea.

It’s an intriguing matchup between two contrasting styles. May the best team win.

Enjoy the League Cup Final.

64 thoughts on “Bradford City vs Swansea City, Capital One Cup Final: Open Thread”

          1. No surprise it was the same when we played Bolton. Corporate wankers only interested in the top 6 teams. No wonder the phrase Against Modern Football is increasingly used.

  1. The Swans in Europe next year with a win today. Cardiff doubtless on its way up.

    The Welsh dragon is definitely in the ascendant within the football world.

    Best of luck to your guys, Gaffer. I tend to root for the underdog when neutral but both of these teams are underdogs in a way.

  2. Listening to the game on Talksport Live. The size of the pitch favors Swansea and early on Swansea are keeping good possession. Bradford are finding it difficult to keep possession.

  3. Excellent goal by Nathan Dyer, but Michu’s shot was spot on to give Dyer the opportunity.

    When Dyer moved to Swansea from Southampton, he was on the scrap heap. He had a troubled time both on and off the pitch at Southampton. Fair play to the lad. All his hard work over the years has paid off.

    Still a long way to go though.

    The Gaffer

  4. It’s not over yet, but brilliant pass by Hernandez and Michu was so cool, calm and collected. Swansea 2-0!

    My only concern so far is Ki Sung-Yueng’s yellow card. He has to be careful.

    The Gaffer

  5. Game over! I cannot see Bradford coming back to win this one. The score could end up 4 or 5 to nil.

    Will be good to see Swansea in Europe next season.

  6. the fairy tale ends for the Bantams well done and the phoenix continues to rise for Swansea.congrats Gaffer hope your side will be able to hold on to ML.

  7. The match is far from over. One goal for Bradford and it’s an entirely different game.

    Despite all of Swansea’s possession, it doesn’t mean anything unless we can win the game. It’s looking good right now, but Bradford have been able to beat Arsenal, Aston Villa and Wigan, so it’s not over ’til it’s over.

    The Gaffer

    1. Cup rounds are not the se as a final, this surface at Wembley alone coupled with Swansea playing style meant it was always going to be a struggle for the league 2 side.

      This result isn’t a surprise… A great win all the same!

  8. The difference between Swansea and all the other Premier League teams that Bradford have played?

    Swansea have shown them respect and been nothing but professional in their approach.

    Swansea will do well to hold onto Laudrup.

    1. can anyone explain to me why the manager doesn’t decide who is going to take a penalty?

      it would avoid situations like this so an imbecile like Dyer wouldn’t cause all sorts of problems.

        1. IanCransonsKnees is correct. Guzman is the penalty taker. Dyer just wanted the hat trick, thinking that the game was already out of reach of Bradford, so why not give him a go, Dyer thought.

          The Gaffer

          1. yeah, I understand. But acting so petulantly like that is unbecoming. And arguing so vehemently is basically like arguing directly with the manager. If I was the manager I would have considered yanking him out right then and there.

          2. 3-0 up against a league 2 side down to 10 men? The game was definitely over.. De Guzman should have given Dyer the penalty and not been a selfish git.

    2. The only way for Dyer to erase those disappointing moments in arguing with Guzman is to get another goal to get his hat trick.

      The Gaffer

        1. I agree. He’s looking out for himself instead of the team’s best interests. I like his hunger to score more, but that was disappointing behavior from Dyer.

          The Gaffer

  9. Shock…..Horror….. This was not close, the road to Wembley is always full of surprises but on the day, the big occasion the bigger team almost always wins.

    The gulf between league 2 and the prem is clearly on display…

    Congratulations to Swansea quite the 10 year turn around! Especially when you consider how many players have left…. A great story.

      1. I think the BPL clubs that played Bradford did Bradford & the cup a diservice, cup ties are where anything can a point.. Finals are completely diff in my opinion.

        Finals are rarely taken as lightly.

    1. Come off it. It was real enough for Villa, Wigan, and Arsenal fans to be pissed off when Bradford beat them.

      Swansea can only beat what was put in front of them and they did that, which is more than can be said for the other Premier League teams.

      A pathetic response which simply oozes jealously. I’m sure your lot will show their classlessness against Spurs tomorrow despite the poingancy of the occasion.

      1. Jealous? no, mad that we are out of the FA Cup hell yeah, it was ours to take and we blew it. We fields 6 development players in the match, and 4 reserves. So jealous no.
        Look what I’m saying isn’t new. And I’ve been saying this for years on here back to CFC v Arsenal. So it is hardly sour grapes or jealousy just reality… No one cared. The match of the day was City V CFC. and even if it was City v CFC in the League Cup final, fans would have rather have had the 3 points with a win. Sorry to introduce ideas outside of the Swansea bubble that has become EPL Talk… but do you folks read anything else?

        1. Trickybrkn, you said that no one considers the League Cup a real competition after ‘that’ final. That’s an absolutely ridiculous thing to say.

          If no one cared, nobody would have posted on this thread.

          Did you even watch the game?

          The Gaffer

      1. Dust
        i hope your Spurs punish the Hammers so the one Hammer fan will be pissed off what a Jacka$$. what was the last Silverware your side won?


  10. Congratulations Swansea City! It’s the proudest day in the history of the club. And, for me, being a Swansea fan for 35 years, it’s the proudest footballing day in my life.

    The Gaffer

    1. Happy for you Gaffer, it surely must mean a lot. Swansea are a well run club and are certainly deserving of the success they’re having. Just uhh, don’t get behind the wheel tonight!

    2. Great win Gaffer. Europa League can be trying (Kharkiv Thursday night, 1330 match Sunday can’t be too fun), but the extra money and European exposure should help in the Summer transfer window. Loic Remy should be looking for a new club since QPR look doomed. Looking like the new French connection is going to keep the Toon up and in much better shape than before the new year.

    3. You guys with the “thumbs down” on a comment like The Gaffer’s make me laugh. Don’t even know what the “L” on your forehead stands for. 😀

    4. It is brilliant to win things but even better to win them the “right” way. Well done by the Swans, now let United win easily and we will be happy too hehehehe!!! On a very serious note Swansea have been brilliant this season and of all the games this year only the last Liverpool game was a real stinker. I am looking forward to you guys playing us again Gaffer, should be fun.

  11. The Gaffer
    Congrats on your side and the steps from oblivion to silverware and European football. hope you have a great evening you have been thru a lot of crap to get to this moment.ENJOY!

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