By Rob Boulton
The M4 and M1 motorways will be even busier than normal this Sunday as two sets of football fans make their pilgrimage to the home of English football, Wembley Stadium. Whatever the match holds in store, just being in a major showpiece final is enough to give both Swansea and Bradford a serious dose of cup fever.
Swansea making the final isn’t such a surprise, as the club have been on an upward spiral in recent years as Roberto Martinez, Paulo Sousa, Brendan Rodgers and now Michael Laudrup have created vibrant attacking sides capable of causing even the biggest names in English football real problems. In keeping two clean sheets against Chelsea in the semi-final of the competition they also showed they can defend as a unit when required to. Whilst being a huge shot in the arm for Welsh football, Sunday is actually a day purely for Swansea and their supporters to enjoy, and as overwhelming favourites they will be hoping the journey home will be as joyous and feverish as the journey to Wembley will be.
Bradford appear to be revelling in their role as complete underdogs, and they know they have no pressure to contend with so they’ll be the more relaxed of the two sides, though still fiercely determined to win and pull off the final incredible result after a journey which has seen them humble Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa already. Everybody loves a cup upset, so you’d imagine most neutrals will be hoping the Bantams can pull off a stunning victory and possibly take advantage of some nerves in the Swansea camp.
This is Swansea’s first ever cup final appearance in their 100 year history, and Bradford’s first cup final since they beat Newcastle in the 1911 FA Cup Final so this is a very special day to be cherished and enjoyed by everyone attending. Let’s hope the game is an open and exciting one, and both teams get to celebrate at least one goal as I always think that adds so much to the day – and may the best team win and pick up the weird three-handled trophy!
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