Bradford City to face Aston Villa in Capital One Cup semi-final


Bradford's reward for knocking Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup is a semi-final against Aston Villa, while Chelsea will take on Swansea.

League Two Bradford will play the first leg of their semi-final at home against five-time winners Villa.

Chelsea, who thrashed Leeds 5-1 on Wednesday night to progress, will play their opening leg at Stamford Bridge.

The first matches will be played in the week starting 7 January and the second legs a fortnight later.

League Cup pedigree

  • Aston Villa won the last of their five League Cups in 1996
  • Chelsea have won it four times, including in 2005 and 2007
  • Bradford and Swansea have never won the competition

The Bantams pulled off one of the biggest League Cup shocks by beating Premier League side Arsenal on penalties at Valley Parade last week.

Villa won 4-1 away at Norwich and are currently unbeaten in six matches in all competitions.

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez is expecting a tough test against Swansea, who are 10th in the Premier League and drew 1-1 with the Blues in November.

"Swansea are a good team and we have to do well in a semi-final of any competition," said Benitez. "They like to play football on the floor and it will be interesting.

"Every competition is important for us; a top side has to try to win every competition and now we are in the semi-finals so we are close to winning."

Capital One Cup semi-final draw:

Chelsea v Swansea

Bradford v Aston Villa

Ties to be played weeks commencing 7 & 21 and January