By Andrew Robinson
Aston Villa are on the brink of seeing their wretched season get even worse as they face into tonight’s must-win second-leg tie against Bradford at Villa Park.
Paul Lambert’s side welcome the Bantams to Villa Park on Tuesday night and must overturn a 3-1 deficit after everything went right for Phil Parkinson’s men in the first leg.
They relied heavily on the heroics of Matt Duke and the wastefulness of Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann, before hitting Villa with a killer third goal, which may have put the tie beyond doubt.
Despite suffering the same humiliation as Arsenal and Wigan before them, Lambert is confident that his side’s desperate form recently will not prevent them making it to Wembley final for the first time since they were controversially beaten 2-1 by Manchester United in 2010.
After a spirited performance against West Brom last Saturday, the Villa gaffer said:
I don’t sense any apprehension at all. I just feel we are ready for it and we know what we have to go and do. I am pretty sure everyone will make us favourites to turn it around. I think everyone will do that.
Lambert’s side are 4/11 favourites to pick up a much-needed win at home, but the 11/10 outsiders to make it through to a final, where they’ll be looking for a sixth League Cup win.
Something will have to give tonight as Parkinson is confident his League Two boys can make history and qualify for the final. They are on offer at 4/6 with Paddy Power to do so and 7/1 to make it convincing with a second leg win.
They have done the club proud and whatever happens at Villa Park that won’t change, but make no mistake, we are going there to finish off the job we started at our place.