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FA Cup: Glory-hungry Bradford shoo-ins at home to Sunderland

| 13.02.2015

Bradford have won seven of their eight fixtures in cup competitions at Valley Parade since Phil Parkinson took charge in August 2011, drawing the other in normal time with Arsenal before overcoming the Gunners in a penalty shoot-out en route to the 2012/13 Capital One Cup final.

Parkinson’s unlikely Wembley voyagers have been better than ever in this season’s FA Cup, scoring 17 times in their five matches so far, including four apiece without reply at home to Dartford and Millwall, not to mention the rather special 4-2 win away to Chelsea in the last round.

Punters therefore need look no further than the whopping 14/5 odds with Ladbrokes about the Bantams seeing off Premier League strugglers Sunderland.

The Black Cats may have dispensed with Championship outfits Fulham and Leeds, both of whom were in woeful runs of form at the time, in their first two FA Cup outings of the campaign, but they’ve only managed two wins in the Premier League since early November.

Gus Poyet’s side sank to new depths when becoming the first not to win at home to a visiting QPR team since May during the week, and the Black Cats have taken all three points on the road just twice in the top-flight this term.

There may be 36 places between these two in the 92-team league ladder, but Bradford are clearly the men in form, winning 10 and losing just two of their last 17 matches all told.

With all that in mind, the 21/10 on offer about an away win is hard to fathom.

Portuguese winger Filipe Morais has followed up his 75th-minute effort against old club Chelsea with a couple more in Bradford’s three games since, both of which also came after the hour mark.

Morais looks a shockingly-good price at 12/1 to bag the last goal here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Alex Fortune