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Capital One Cup Preview

The Capital One Cup returns this week.  Here we look at three games that could see an upset..

Swindon v Aston Villa – Upset

This game has the potential for a real upset.  Swindon are used to giant killing heroics in 2012 having defeated Wigan in the FA Cup in January, and then won at Stoke earlier in this season’s Capital One Cup.  With Aston Villa struggling for goals and points, confidence is low around Villa Park at present and if Swindon can get into Villa early on and get the crowd behind them, then a cup upset is a real possibility.  Swindon go into the match on the back of a surprising 4-0 rout at high flying Stevenage, so Di Canio must be confident his side can produce that sort of performance for the second time in four days and claim another Premier League scalp in the process.

Wigan v Bradford – No upset

This fixture is more associated with Rugby League, but Wigan and Bradford meet in tonight’s Capital One Cup Fourth Round.  Bradford have done remarkably well to get this far in the competition, and are the lowest ranked side still in the running, a real credit to League Two.  With a large following expected to descend West to the DW Stadium tonight, Bradford will certainly be supported to the maximum as they hope to stun Wigan and reach the quarter finals.  Wigan haven’t been great at home this year, but did finally pick up their first home win against West Ham on Saturday.  Had this game been played at Valley Parade then you would seriously back Bradford to cause an upset, but as it is Wigan should be too strong.  That said, Bradford have beaten both Notts County and Watford on their travels to get this far, so Wigan can’t take victory for granted.

Leeds v Southampton – No upset

Southampton may be in the higher division, but are Leeds to win tonight it would barely be considered a shock.  Firstly, Premier League survival is of far greater significance than a prolonged cup run for the Saints so expect a second string eleven, especially considering that they only played on Sunday.  Secondly, Southampton will hardly be relishing a long trip up North for a game that in the long run is of little importance.

Still, Adkins is desperate for some kind of momentum so he may see victory at Elland Road as a perfect springboard for an improvement in terms of league results.  As for Leeds, they showed exactly how much this cup means to them by defeating Everton in the last round with a spirited performance, and Warnock will demand more of the same.  Leeds have hardly been setting the Championship alight this season, so a cup run could prove a welcome distraction and a strong line up is expected by the Whites.

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