Bradford City v Leeds United tips – Bantams set to weigh in with victory

No love lost in this Yorkshire derby and Bradford look well placed for an upset

Bradford City v Leeds United tips – Bantams set to weigh in with victory

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Andy

August 26th, 2014

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It was only a couple of seasons ago that Bradford City embarked on an amazing run in the League Cup which saw the Bantams reach the final as a League Two side.

There were some huge scalps claimed along the way including Arsenal, with Valley Parade set to be packed to the rafters in the hope of witnessing a local scalp against a team who continue to travel on troubled waters.

Unsurprisingly, Bradford are actually the favourites to win this Capital One Cup clash considering that Phil Parkinson’s team are a decent League One side and will fancy their chances against a Leeds team who were soundly beaten 4-1 at Watford on Saturday.

Leeds’ previous away game saw them beaten 2-0 at Millwall and Dave Hockaday’s future as manager is looking bleak, with owner Massimo Cellino a firebrand character who doesn’t appear too keen to reinvest the £11 million received for Ross McCormack back into the squad.

Bradford lost at home to Peterborough on Saturday although it was their first reverse of the season, having accrued seven points from their first three encounters while also registering a 1-0 win at Morecambe in the previous round of the competition.

We think City are the likely winners in this game, with the home side sniffing blood. “This is all about being proud to be a Bradford City supporter,” said joint-chairman Julian Rhodes.

“In nearly 100 years of playing Leeds, we’ve beaten them twice – and only once ever at Valley Parade. That was 82 years ago.

“I don’t expect anyone who will be here tomorrow was at that game, so we’re literally talking about the chance of a lifetime to watch us hopefully win against Leeds United.

“There’s only one division between us. I know we played them in the Premier League and got a draw but it’s always been a case for Leeds of them turning up knowing they’re not going to lose.

“I don’t think they’ll be feeling like that tomorrow night. I really do think it’s a real opportunity for people to finally enjoy the bragging rights the next day at work.

“It’s going to mean a lot to the players. It could be a night as good as any we had in the cup run.

“I’m actually looking forward to this one more than the Villa and Arsenal games. Don’t get me wrong, they were fantastic nights and ones that people will always remember.

“But this will be at least as good as those – if not better. Let’s not underestimate this. Bradford City are playing Leeds at Valley Parade – where they have beaten them only once before.

“Forget the money, that’s got nothing to do with it. I just think the smile on people’s faces if we can pull it off would be priceless.

“We’ll worry about the money afterwards – if we get through. This is all about the pride and the occasion.”

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