It was a little over ten years ago that the Yorkshire club were a Premier League team although financial mismanagement has seen them drop down three divisions and this cup run has served as a welcome boost as City bid for promotion this term.
Meanwhile, Paul Lambert will return to Carrow Road on Tuesday night to face his former employers and the Scot might get a hostile reception from some supporters despite transforming the fortunes of the Canaries who were struggling in League One when he took over.
Bradford City v Arsenal 19.45
Despite being a League Two club for several seasons, Bradford are the best supported team in the division and there will be a rare full house on Tuesday night when Arsenal head north looking for a place in the Capital One Cup semi-finals.
The Bantams kickstarted their cup run at Meadow Lane back in August when beating Notts County, before beating Watford, Burton Albion and Wigan Athletic en route to the last eight and the goalless draw at DW Stadium before a penalty kick triumph was the stuff that dreams are made of.
Phil Parkinson now has to figure out a way of beating Arsenal and you can get 8/1 (BetVictor free bets) about Bradford making the stadium erupt on Tuesday night, with City having gone unbeaten in their last five games and warming up for the Gunners by beating Torquay by a single goal.
However, it’s a tall order to see the League Two side upsetting the odds considering that Arsene Wenger will be keen to win some silverware after growing dissent from the supporters and they couldn’t have been handed a better opportunity to qualify for the semi-finals.
The visitors are a 2/5 chance (Coral bookmaker) to win the match and there is a tempting even money at Stan James that Arsenal lead at half-time and full-time.
Norwich v Aston Villa 19.45
Chris Hughton can do no wrong. The new Norwich City manager is performing minor miracles at Carrow Road after doing the same at St James’ Park and St Andrews, with Hughton one of the few men who can claim to have a perfect record when it comes to improving the fortunes of the clubs that he has managed.
Predecessor Paul Lambert might be wondering if he should have left east Anglia in the summer for Villa Park considering the Canaries are reaching new heights while his Aston Villa team could be scrapping against relegation, although the Midlands side are becoming tough to beat.
In fairness to Lambert, he has treated the League Cup with every seriousness and a victory at Manchester City demonstrates the desire to win some silverware in his first season, with Boylesports going 14/5 about an away win.
Even so, it’s hard to oppose a Norwich side who have now been unbeaten since the beginning of October and claimed a 4-3 win at Swansea on Saturday which saw Robert Snodgrass turn in a match-winning performance for his team.
William Hill go 23/20 about a home win and that looks a solid bet considering that the Canaries have been mustard at home this season, especially with Grant Holt posing a dangerous threat in attack. He’s 11/2 to score first while Snodgrass is a 10/1 chance and looks very sharp at the moment.