Bradford will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run in League Two to eight games as they host Grimsb at Valley Parade on Saturday afternoon in a 13:00 kick-off.
The home side are currently sitting just inside the playoff places in 7th place and have created a three-point gap between themselves and Mansfield who currently occupy 8th place. A win this weekend could see Bradford reach as high as fifth place in League Two.
The Bantams come into this weekend’s game on the back of seven games without defeat however they have been plagued by draws in recent weeks, having drawn their last four consecutive league games. This spell has included frustrating defeats against the likes of Hartlepool and Newport.
Bradford have not been in action since last Tuesday when they hosted promotion-chasing Carlisle at Valley Parade. Chances were few and far between in the game as both sides only recorded one shot on target. Bradford were clearly intent on keeping their clean sheet and the game finished goalless.
The Mariners currently find themselves in 15th place in the League Two table and look set to be destined for another year in League Two. The Mariners are currently thirteen points beneath the playoffs and sixteen points above the relegation zone.
Grimsby themselves come into this weekend’s meeting on the back of a six-game unbeaten streak, however, their recent results have been littered with draws, having drawn their past three league outings.
The Mariners featured in midweek League Two action as they travelled to Broadfield Stadium to face Crawley Town who are embroiled in a relegation battle at the bottom of the table. Grimsby looked to be heading towards a deserved victory after a fine first-half goal from Harry Clifton but Crawley struck late on in the game to ensure the points were shared as the game finished 1-1.
Bradford have an unbelievable record against Grimsby in recent years and have not been defeated in this fixture since 1998. Since then, there have been seventeen meetings of the sides, in which Bradford have won eleven and there have been six draws.
Neither side could break the deadlock in a frantic affair when these sides met in the reverse fixture in October. Despite both teams making good goal-scoring opportunities and the teams having a combined 26 shots between them, the points were shared as Bradford's domination of this fixture continued.
Unsurprisingly, given the respective league positions of these sides, it is Bradford who are odds on favourites to win the game @ 10/11, whilst an away win for Grimsby is currently priced @ 29/10 and a draw is priced @ 23/10.
We are backing a draw and BTTS because both teams’ recent results have been plagued with draws and it finished a draw when these sides met each other at the beginning of the campaign. Bradford come into this game having drawn their past four league games, whilst Grimsby have drawn their past three games in the league.