Bradford City and Arsenal will battle in the Capital One Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday, with the Gunners entering as sizable favorites against their League Two counterparts. The Bantams did beat Wigan Athletic in the last round, however.
Premier League clubs are always forced to make tough lineup decisions for these Cup matches. But Arsenal doesn't play again until Monday, so manager Arsene Wenger will likely employ a pretty strong group with hopes of keeping his side's trophy dreams alive.
Let's take a look at the viewing information for the Capital One Cup clash, along with a preview and prediction as the Gunners look to avoid an upset against the Bantams.
Where: Coral Windows Stadium in Bradford, England
When: Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 2:45 p.m. ET
Watch: beIN SPORT
Live Stream: beinsport.tv
Arsenal comes off a crucial weekend victory over West Brom. Mikel Arteta struck twice from the penalty spot to get the Gunners back within striking distance of the top four. It gives the Premier League side some momentum heading into Tuesday's match.
A lot will depend on the lineup Wenger decides to start. If he goes with all, or at least most, of his top players, it's a match the Gunners should win handily. Bradford will at least have a puncher's chance if the veteran boss uses mostly reserves like he did against Reading.
Olivier Giroud and Gervinho are the most important selections. The Gunners don't have a lot of depth up front, as illustrated by their early struggles scoring goals while Giroud and Lukas Podolski were settling in.
They need two main options up front because Bradford relies on a strong defensive game plan. The Bantams held Wigan scoreless in last round's victory and are allowed barely over a goal per game in League Two matches.
Since they know getting into a wide-open match with Arsenal would likely result in a loss, the Bantams will undoubtedly attempt to slow the pace of the match down. That's why the selection of Giroud and Gervinho is so key.
In terms of players who the Gunners must keep under control, Nahki Wells tops the list. He leads the club with 11 league goals and has tallied twice in Capital One Cup play. Arsenal can't let him break loose early and change the complexion of the match.
All told, as long as the Gunners take the match seriously, it's hard to imagine a scenario where they don't advance to the semifinals. They simply have more talent and it will shine through.
Prediction: Arsenal 3, Bradford City 0
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