League Cup: Aston Villa are favourites, says Paul Lambert

Capital One Cup semi-final, second leg

  • Venue: Villa Park
  • Date: Tuesday, 22 January

Coverage: Watch highlights on The League Cup Show on Wednesday at 2305 GMT, BBC One.

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says his side will be favourites to beat Bradford in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final and win through to a Wembley final.

League Two side Bradford go into the game with a 3-1 lead after a stunning win in the first leg.

But Lambert said: "I don't sense any apprehension at all. We are ready for it and we know what we have to do.

"I am pretty sure everyone will make us favourites to turn it around."

Villa were embarrassed by Phil Parkinson's side at Valley Parade, when goals from Nahki Wells, Rory McArdle and Carl McHugh put Bradford in charge.

Did you know?

Bradford City are the first fourth- tier club to progress this far in the League Cup since Wycombe in 2006-07.

The manager of the Chairboys at that time? Paul Lambert.

A 2-0 win for Villa will be enough to send the Premier League side to Wembley on away goals after extra-time, and Lambert believes his side are capable of getting the result they need.

He added: "It's well within our capabilities to turn it around. They are playing well enough to do it.

"I also know for a fact the stadium will be absolutely bouncing.

"It'll be a different ball game to a fortnight ago."

Lambert also feels securing the victory Villa need to reach the Capital One Cup final will, in turn, help his players to instigate an improvement in the club's ailing Premier League form.

The midlands club have not won a league game since defeating Liverpool on 15 December, and consequently they are just one point and one place above the relegation zone.

"If we get through, the confidence will be great. The feeling around the club will be massive," he said.

"It will be a great thing. It can definitely play a huge part in the season turning (around)."

Striker Andreas Weimann, who scored Villa's solitary goal in the first leg, is available after illness.

Goalkeeper Shay Given (hamstring) and midfielder Fabian Delph (ankle) face late fitness checks.