It’s been the most exciting and unpredictable League Cup competition in recent memory and two clubs unaccustomed to reaching major finals go head-to-head at Wembley in this Sunday’s Capital One Cup Final.
Bradford City are only the second club from the fourth tier of English football to make the final and the Bantams are on the brink of completing one of the most sensational stories in British footballing history.
They meet Premier League outfit Swansea City who are also looking to make history by lifting their first ever major trophy.
Sky Sports and Sky 3D will show the first major cup final of the season exclusively live from Wembley Stadium, with extended free-to-air highlights on BBC One in the evening.
Bradford City have become the first team from the lowest tier of the English Football League to reach the final of the competition since Rochdale in 1962 and could complete a fairy-tale story by lifting their first major piece of silverware in over a century.
Victory would also see them qualify for next season’s UEFA Europa League.
Phil Parkinson’s men have already overcome three Barclays Premier League teams to reach this weekend’s final hurdle.
They knocked out Wigan Athletic in a penalty shootout and repeated those heroics in the last eight against Arsenal to set up a two-legged semi-final with Aston Villa.
Once again they were undaunted and outclassed Villa in the opening leg at Valley Parade to take a 3-1 advantage to the West Midlands.
Paul Lambert’s men did take the lead early in the return leg at Villa Park, but the Bantams’ solid defence stood firm to take their side through to the final.
New Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup could become an instant legend at the Liberty Stadium.
Victory at Wembley would see the Swans lift the first major trophy in their history.
Laudrup’s side have also upset the odds on several occasions this season.
Having reached the semi-finals of the competition for the first time, the Welsh side were drawn against tournament favourites Chelsea.
The Swans stunned their West London rivals at Stamford Bridge. Goals from Michu and Danny Graham handed the Swans their first victory at Chelsea in 87 years, along with two vital goals to take back to south Wales.
A goalless draw in the return leg booked Swansea’s place in this weekend’s showpiece match.
They will now hope to go one better than their Welsh rivals Cardiff City, who were narrowly beaten by Liverpool in last season’s final.
Anthony Gerrard, cousin of Liverpool captain Steven, missed the decisive spot kick in a penalty shootout to hand the Reds their eighth League Cup.
The overall record between Bradford and Swansea is tied, with both teams winning 20 games each, and 14 clashes between the two ending level.
Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba will present the Capital One Cup to the winning captain at full-time.
The retired 24-year-old is the sponsor’s guest of honour for the day and will watch the game from the Royal Box, as well as being introduced to the squads before the match begins.
This season’s final is sure to entice neutrals, as well as fans of both clubs, and Sky Sports will be the only place to see the drama unfold live from Wembley Stadium.
Build-up from Wembley begins with a special edition of Goals On Sunday, live from Wembley with Ben Shephard and Chris Kamara at 11am.
Shephard returns to host Sky Sports’ live and exclusive coverage from Wembley at 3.30pm with guests including Jamie Redknapp, Chris Coleman and Peter Beagrie, while match commentary comes from Alan Parry and Alan Smith.
Free-to-air highlights of the 2013 League Cup Final will be shown on BBC One and BBC One HD at 11.25pm, presented by Manish Bhasin with commentary from Guy Mowbray.
Sunday 24th February Goals on Sunday: Live from Wembley 11.00am-1.00pm – Sky Sports 1 Capital One Cup Final 2013: Bradford City v Swansea City LIVE: 3.30pm-6.30pm – Sky Sports 1 / Sky 3D The League Cup Show – Highlights Highlights: 11.25pm-12.05am – BBC One . .