Fleetwood Town v Bradford City Betting Preview – 07/05/17

Fleetwood Town v Bradford City Betting Preview – 07/05/17

Fleetwood Town v Bradford City Betting Preview

In our Fleetwood Town v Bradford City betting preview we look at the best possible betting tips between the two sides.


On Sunday evening this weekend we see Stuart McCall take his Bradford City side on the trip to Highbury Stadium to face Uwe Rosler’s Fleetwood Town in the second leg of the League One play-off semi-final. The first leg was on Thursday evening when the Cod Army made the journey to Valley Parade in the hope that they could do what no other side had done this season, win there. Whereas the Bantams knew they needed to make the most of their home leg. Bradford were able to make 10 changes to the team who had drawn 1-1 at Rochdale on Sunday and their added freshness certainly contributed. Striker Charlie Wyke miscued from 10 yards after a sliced clearance dropped to him, Nicky Law tested visiting keeper Alex Cairns with a long-range effort and Clarke hit the post in a first half where the hosts had 72% possession.

n contrast the visitors struggled to create anything but were nearly gifted the lead when home keeper Colin Doyle mis-kicked to David Ball who chipped the ball over Doyle and the crossbar from 20 yards out. But as it progressed it looked like they were going to hold on for what would have been a vital goalless draw. However with just thirteen minutes left on the clock, as the home crowds frustration started to grow. Rory McArdle powered home a header past Cairns and earned his side the win and therefore the upper hand as they go into the second leg at Highbury.

What a crucial goal that could turn out to be

Can they do it?

The home side Fleetwood Town head into the visit of Bradford City knowing that although they were beaten on Thursday they are very much still in this tie. All they have to do is replicate their result from the last time these two met at Highbury Stadium in the league and they will be heading into extra-time for it to be decided. They beat the Bantams 2-1 back in February thanks to a Devante Cole strike and an own goal from Nicky Law. However their home record doesn’t exactly give you too much hope. They’ve won just once in their last five fixtures there. For some reason they are much better on the road, boasting the third best away record in the division. With only the two automatic promotion teams collecting more points than them on their travels.

If Fleetwood don’t end up being promoted, it shouldn’t take the shine off the miracles that Rosler has worked there. He’s taken a team who narrowly avoided relegation, to one who missed out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season. What is important is that they build on it and go again next year, should they fail here.

What a job this man has done

They have the upper hand

The away side Bradford City go into the trip to Fleetwood Town knowing that they’ve got one foot in the final after that victory on Thursday. The reason the Bantams have got to where they are this season is due to McCall having them seriously organised. They have one of the best defensive records in the division and are a side who grind out results when other teams would crumble. I wouldn’t expect this to be a high scoring match, with Bradford confident that they can keep Fleetwood out. The hosts are going to have to do all the pressing as they push for a leveller, which could leave them vulnerable to the counter.

Their away record is pretty questionable though, they’ve won just once in their last five on the road with that win coming at Bury. But they will know they don’t have to even go for the win here, all they need to do is grind out a draw like they’ve done countless times this year and they will be in the final. In last years play-offs they were eliminated at this stage by Millwall, so they know how it feels and won’t want a repeat of it.

McArdle celebrates

Recommended Bets:

Draw (Best Priced on bet365 at 12/5) – BET HERE

Under 2.5 goals (Best Priced on 188bet at 11/14) – BET HERE

A goal in both halves – NO (Best Priced on betfair at 20/21) – BET HERE

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 Watch the highlights from the first leg here: