Tale of two cities
Ahead of Sunday's Capital One Cup Final between Bradford City and Swansea City we've left no stone unturned to deliver an exhaustive guide to the Wembley showpiece. A season that has in many respects celebrated the underdog has a fitting final and it should be a thriller...
Last Updated: 22/02/13 12:20pm
Without question Bradford's ascent to the Capital One Cup final has been the feel-good football story of the season, so to get you in the mood we've pulled together video highlights from every single Bantams game en route to Wembley. From Meadow Lane in the first round to Wembley on Sunday it's been quite the journey for the League Two outfit. See just how they did it by watching our highlights package that includes all the goals and talking points from the mother of all cup runs. Sit back, take a minute and rejoice at the underdog here.
See how Swansea made it to the Capital One Cup final with our video highlights package from every round en route to Wembley. A journey that began back in August and encompassed the giant-killings of Liverpool and Chelsea has never been anything less than fully engrossing. Just to remind you of how Michael Laudrup's classy Swans have marched to the capital, we've pulled together every goal and talking point right here.
Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson and his players appear to be at odds over which is the League Two club's priority ahead of this weekend's Capital One Cup final at Wembley. Win promotion or fulfil the impossible dream? It's a tough call to prioritise but we're pretty confident once the first whistle blows on Sunday there won't be a player in claret and amber thinking about life in League Two...or the manager for that matter! Read what Parkinson has had to say on the subject here.
"This is not the most important game in my life" - Michael Laudrup explains why he is not suffering from cup final fever ahead of Swansea's Wembley meeting with Bradford. Laudrup does though admit to feeling an underlying excitement for his players as they prepare for their big day at Wembley. But he expects any nerves to quickly disappear once kick-off time comes. Read the full article here.
Ahead of Sunday's game Matty Briggs has been cast in the role of Bradford City chief scout as he looks to find possible weaknesses in Michael Laudrup's classy Swansea City outfit. The Bantams' journey to the home of football has been arguably the story of the season and our man in the stand believes there are reasons to be optimistic for Phil Parkinson's side. Read the full article here.
For Swansea's chance of success, much will depend on the rock at the heart of their defence. Adam Bate looks at the statistics that show Ashley Williams has been one of the key defensive performers in European football this season. The Swans skipper has been outstanding all term and will need to be at his best again on Sunday to ensure there is no upset in the capital. Read the article in full here.
Ahead of Sunday's showpiece we caught up with Bradford City's Nathan Doyle to discuss the final step on what has been a fairy tale of a journey. Can the Bantams claim a fourth top flight scalp to win silverware? We know one player who wouldn't bet against it...To read our exclusive interview with the Bradford favourite click here
Swansea supporter John Hartson gives us his take on the club as they aim to win their first major trophy on Sunday. The big Welshman predicts that the Swans will get the job done but has warned Bradford will relish their underdogs tag and could pose more than a few problems for Michael Laudrup's side. To read our exclusive interview in full click here.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and who are we to argue having lovingly raided the archives from August through to February to recreate some spine-tingling memories for both sets of supporters via two fantastic galleries. If you're of a claret and amber persuasion click here, while if your heart belongs to the Liberty Stadium you'll probably prefer this one. If you're a neutral, both are well worth a visit...
Get in the mood for Sunday's game by listening to our Football Podcast, with Sunday's Wembley showdown having taken centre stage this week. Sky Sports News Radio presenter Mikey Burrows hosts this week and is joined in the studio by journalists Matt Briggs and Ben Midgleys to chew the fat over whether Bradford City can complete the most remarkable of story of the season in the capital. Click here to listen to our Football Podcast in full.