The first major silverware of the season is still in the sights of four teams as the Capital One Cup semi-finals take place in January, with all the action live only on Sky Sports plus extensive terrestrial highlights on BBC One.
Two teams will book their place at Wembley Stadium for the Capital One Cup final on February 24, with the first legs being played on January 8-9, followed by the second legs on January 22-23.
Sky Sports will show both legs from each semi-final tie exclusively live as League Two giant-killers Bradford City meet Aston Villa, while FA Cup and Champions League holders Chelsea clash with Swansea City.
Bradford are the first team from the bottom tier of the Football League to earn a place in the final four since Wycombe did so in 2006-07.
They have been drawn against Paul Lambert’s struggling Aston Villa side, who endured a torrid festive period in the Premier League, including a 8-0 thrashing by fellow semi-finalists Chelsea.
Lambert will be hoping that progression to their second League Cup final in four years will ignite their faultering season.
Around 50 places separate the teams in the league pyramid but the Bantams have already taken the scalps of two top-flight sides.
In the fourth round, Phil Parkinson’s men defeated Premier League side Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.
With the teams inseparable after 120 minutes, Bradford goalkeeper Matt Duke was the hero in the penalty shootout, keeping out Jordi Gomez to take the Yorkshiremen through.
Then Bradford pulled off one of the greatest shocks in recent League Cup history when they beat Arsenal in the quarter-finals, again on penalties in a dramatic shootout.
This earned them their meeting with Villa, who have knocked out Tranmere Rovers, Premier League champions Manchester City, and Norwich City to reach the semi-final stages.
Swansea City’s bid to win the Capital One Cup for the first time will be under threat when they meet Chelsea in their semi-final.
The Swans have happy memories of their last trip to Wembley in 2011, when they beat Reading to secure promotion to the Barclays Premier League, and would love to celebrate more success there.
But Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez will see this competition as an ideal opportunity to win over his doubters after a indifferent start to his tenure as Blues’ manager.
Two clubs will be one step away from cup glory and there will be plenty of drama as dreams are realised and hearts are broken.
Ben Shephard will present live coverage of all four games on Sky Sports HD during January, with analysis from Jamie Redknapp and Gary Neville.
Both legs of the Chelsea/Swansea tie at Stamford Bridge and the Liberty Stadium will be broadcast in stunning 3D on the Sky 3D channel.
BBC Sport will have free-to-air highlights of all four games in The League Cup Show, presented by Manish Bhasin, on both Wednesdays.
Looking ahead, the Capital One Cup’s Wembley showpiece will take place on Sunday, February 24, a match that will also be exclusively live on Sky Sports.
Details of how to follow the 2012-13 Capital One Cup semi-finals below:
Tuesday 8th January Bradford City 3-1 Aston Villa – Semi Final, 1st Leg Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.30pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 1 Wednesday 9th January Chelsea 0-2 Swansea City – Semi Final, 1st Leg Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.00pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 1 / Sky 3D The League Cup Show – Highlights 11.05pm-11.50pm – BBC One Tuesday 22nd January Aston Villa v Bradford City (agg 1-3) – Semi Final, 2nd Leg Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.30pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 1 Wednesday 23rd January Swansea City v Chelsea (agg 2-0) – Semi Final, 2nd Leg Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.00pm-10.30pm – Sky Sports 1 / Sky 3D The League Cup Show – Highlights 11.05pm-11.50pm – BBC One . .
BBC’s League Cup Highlights show will be simulcast online via the BBC Sport website, and the programme will also be available to watch on the BBC iPlayer for seven days after transmission.
Online streaming available to UK users only.