Swansea City’s odds of winning the Capital One Cup have been slashed dramatically after they stunned Chelsea in their semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge, while the same is true of Bradford City following their remarkable victory over Aston Villa on Tuesday.
The Swans had gone into last night’s clash with the European champions as 13/2 outsiders to win in 90 minutes, while also being a 5/1 chance to win the trophy for the first time in their history.
However, unanswered goals from Michu and late substitute Danny Graham – both following horrendous mistakes by the usually dependable Branislav Ivanovic – gave the visitors an impressive triumph in west London.
With such a solid lead to defend in the return leg at the Liberty Stadium in two weeks’ time, Michael Laudrup’s men are now rated by the bwin bookies as the new 11/10 favourites to win the competition.
Chelsea enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and chances against the Swans but were thwarted by the outstanding Ashley Williams and his defensive colleagues, while also being unfortunate to see a late Demba Ba effort ruled out for offside.
The Blues were as short as 11/20 to lift the Capital One Cup prior to the midweek action but have now drifted out to 12/5.
Considering how desperately Rafael Benitez needs a trophy to enhance his chances of landing the Chelsea job on a full-time basis – and his reputation among other potential suitors – the interim Blues boss will surely select a full team for the return meeting in Wales.
And with the quality at his disposal, it is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility that Chelsea could force extra-time at the very least with a two-goal win, so that 12/5 quote could still have some takers.
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Meanwhile, Bradford fans must still be pinching themselves after seeing their side follow up their quarter-final shoot-out win over Arsenal with a well-deserved 3-1 triumph over another much-fancied Premier League side.
A clinical Nahki Wells finish and powerful headers from Rory McArdle and Carl McHugh were enough to help the League Two outfit past a shell-shocked Villa and provoke delirious scenes of celebration at Valley Parade.
The Bantams are now dreaming of Wembley and having been as long as 33/1 to win the Capital One Cup prior to Tuesday’s victory, Phil Parkinson’s men have now been slashed to 8/1 (they are 4/5 favourites to advance to the final).
However, Villa, for whom Andy Weimann grabbed what could yet prove a decisive away goal, will still fancy their chances of overturning the two-goal deficit at Villa Park and they can be backed at 4/1 to lift the trophy for the first time since 1996.