Two sides hoping to mount a second half of the season playoff push, Bradford City will welcome the visit of Salford City to Valley Parade on Saturday afternoon. Starting the weekend below their visitors in the table, three points for Bradford would see them leapfrog Salford.
Yet to really get going under boss Derek Adams, Bradford’s stuttering start to the campaign has seen them languish in the wrong half of the table. Boasting just one win in their previous nine outings, the Bantams’ shortcomings can be in part put down to their inability to keep a clean sheet. Only once in the last 15 games have Bradford finished a match without conceding.
Faring slightly better at home than on the road, the Bantams have avoided defeat in each of their last five matches at Valley Parade. That being said, all five of those fixtures ended in draws, with Bradford’s last victory at home coming all the way back in early October – a run of seven games.
Keen to pile the misery on their hosts this weekend will be Salford, who have tasted defeat just once in their previous five away matches. Winning three games during that run, should the Ammies wish to continue their unlikely playoff push, improving the consistency of results will be key. Only once this season have Salford registered back-to-back victories in the league, whilst they have managed to net three or more goals in just one of their League Two outings this term.
Confidence can be found for Gary Bowyer’s side in the fact they boast an impressive record over the former Premier League outfit, winning all four of the pairs’ previous meetings. In fact, since Salford’s rise into the Football League, Bradford are yet to win a match against the Greater Manchester club, with Saturday’s fixture a chance to arrest the burden of history.
In a too close to call midtable clash, expect BTTS to be the sensible bet.