Bradford City Looking for Capital One Cup Upset After Expulsion from FA Cup

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2012

WIGAN, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: Rory McArdle and Alan Connell of Bradford celebrate after the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Wigan Athletic and Bradford City at the DW Stadium on October 30, 2012 in Wigan, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday night, League Two side Bradford City will play their biggest match of the season in the quarterfinals of the Capital One Cup against Arsenal at home. 

Tuesday's match at Valley Parade comes less than week after the Bantams were kicked out of the other and more prestigious cup competition in England, the FA Cup.

Late last week, Bradford were expelled from the FA Cup for fielding an ineligible player against Brentford in the club's second round match at home on November 30th. 

That ineligible player was identified as 19-year-old Curtis Good, who is on loan at the club from Newcastle United. 

The Bantams failed to get permission to use Good in the competition before the deadline, which was just a few hours before Bradford took to their home pitch for their 1-1 draw with Brentford. 

Bradford were scheduled to play a replay with Brentford to determine who would advance into the third round of the FA Cup, but that replay has been cancelled and Brentford have advanced to the next stage of the competition to face the winner of the replay between Bury and Southend United on Tuesday.

The club have filed an appeal with the FA about their expulsion from the FA Cup, but the decision is unlikely to be repealed. 

Amongst all of the attention surrounding the club for fielding an ineligible player in FA Cup, Bradford City have to focus on their quarterfinal match in the Capital One Cup against EPL side Arsenal. 

With a chance at winning the biggest prize in all of English football now taken away from them, the Capital One Cup is the biggest prize left on the table to win this season. 

The Bantams are in good form going into their match with the Gunners as they sit in fourth place in the League Two table with 35 points. 

Bradford have taken points from five of their last six League Two matches, with their latest success being a 1-0 win over Torquay United at home on Saturday. 

In League Two play, the Bantams have played 11 matches at home and have earned seven wins, two losses and two draws from those matches. 

To go along with strong form at Valley Parade, Bradford are also riding a ton of confidence going into Tuesday's quarterfinal match as they have beaten three clubs ranked higher than them in English football on the road, all with eligible players. 

Bradford have beaten clubs from all of the top four divisions in English football in their four wins in the Capital One Cup this season.

Victories on the road over League One's Notts County, Watford of the Championship and EPL club Wigan Athletic, as well as a home win over fellow League Two side, Burton Albion, have propelled the Bantams into the quarterfinals. 

With nothing to play for in the FA Cup and everything to play for in the Capital One Cup to go along with just their second home-field advantage in the competition and a very high amount of confidence going into the match, the Bantams are poised for an upset over the Gunners.