League Cup Final: Nat's stats

  • By: Nat Whitney
  • Last Updated: February 20 2013, 17:50 GMT

Nat Whitney digests the key numbers ahead of this Sunday's Capital One League Cup final between Bradford and Swansea.

80,000 new followers for this ball boy
80,000 new followers for this ball boy

Three - Bradford have seen off three Premier League on their way to the Capital One Cup final, can they make it four on Sunday?

The first victory over a top-flight side came in the last 16. The game ended 0-0 and went to a penalty shoot-out before Jordi Gomez fired his spot-kick over and Matt Duke saved another as they set up a quarter final against Arsenal. The Gunners took a strong team with them but Bradford went ahead after 16 minutes when Gary Thompson struck. It looked like 1-0 was going to be the final score before Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen equalised in the 88th minute to send the match into extra-time. In the end it came down to penalties again and Santi Cazorla, Marouane Chamakh and Vermaelen all missed for the Gunners as Bradford advanced 3-2. The semi-final saw Bradford take a 3-1 lead against Aston Villa into the second leg in the Midlands. Despite losing 2-1 on the night they advanced to the final 4-3 on aggregate and now meet Swansea at Wembley.

Seven - The Bantams maybe having a wonderful time of it in the cup but they are seven points off the play-offs in League Two.

The Bantams currently sit in 11th place in the League Two table and their recent form isn't great with just one win from five league games. They are seven points behind Northampton who currently occupy the last play-off place in seventh, although they can cut that deficit to four if they win their game in hand. Could Bradford's cup heroics cost them promotion?

2004 - Bradford are looking to become the first team outside the top-flight to qualify for Europe since 2004.

In 2004 Millwall secured a place in the UEFA Cup after making it to the FA Cup final. With Manchester United already guaranteed European football the Lions were awarded a spot in the first round but lost over two legs to Hungarian club Ferencvaros. Birmingham played in the Europa League while in the Championship but their place was secured with League Cup success during their relegation season in the Premier League. Bradford don't have the luxury of playing a team guaranteed European football so there's even greater incentive for them on Sunday.

1962 - The last time a team reached the final of the League Cup from the fourth tier of English football was 51 years ago.

Rochdale were the last side to reach the final from the fourth division. They played Norwich over two legs but lost both ties and 4-0 on aggregate. Bradford will be looking to go one step better than Rochdale to finish off one of the most amazing stories in English football to date.

92 - Swansea may have made the final beating the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool but they had to wait until the 92nd minute to beat Crawley Town in the third round of the competition.

Gary Monk spared Swansea's blushes against Crawley Town as he found the net in the second minute of added time to send the Swans into the fourth round. Crawley had led the game at one point but Danny Graham levelled the game up before Monk grabbed the winner.

2006 - Swansea's biggest trophy to date came in 2006 as they won the Football League trophy.

In front of around 42,000 fans Swansea won the Football League trophy - the last one they won. They beat Carlisle United 2-1 with Lee Trundle and

Adebayo Akinfenwa grabbing the goals for the Swans.

Two - Swansea's appearance in the League Cup final means this is the second consecutive final where a Welsh team has featured.

In 2012 Cardiff City made it to Wembley and only narrowly lost Liverpool on penalties after a 2-2 draw which saw both sides trade goals in normal time as well as in extra time. The odds on Swansea to win the cup this year are a lot more in their favour than they were for Cardiff in 2012 though.

80,000 - The Swansea City ball boy who was involved in an incident with Eden Hazard gained around 80,000 new followers on Twitter after his antics.

When people ask about what happened in the second leg of the semi-final between Swansea and Chelsea in years to come not many will simply say it finished 0-0, this was because the biggest talking point revolved around a Swansea ball boy who dived on the ball to time waste and then made a huge fuss when Hazard tried to wrestle the ball off of him leading to the dismissal of the Belgian as well as a three-match ban. The ball boy's first tweet after the incident received nearly 40,000 retweets and over 7,000 favourites.


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