Sixfields Stadium is the venue for a pivotal game in the League Two promotion battle as Northampton Town are set to host Bradford on Saturday afternoon. A win for Northampton could see them guarantee automatic promotion, whilst the Bantams need a win to ensure they stay in the race for a place in the playoffs.
The home side come into this weekend, with Northampton sitting in 2nd place in the table and a five-point gap between them and the playoff places with just two games left in their campaign.
The Cobblers will be aiming to return to League One for the first time since the 2020/2021 season, where they finished in 22nd place and were resultantly relegated to League Two.
Northampton come into this weekend following a good run of form which has seen Jon Brady’s side lose just one of their last thirteen league outings. This run has included impressive victories over the likes of Mansfield, Doncaster, and Crewe.
Last time out, Jon Brady’s side came from behind to put on a convincing display against Harrogate Town. The visitors struck first at Sixfields but goals from David Norman, Sam Hoskins, and Kieron Bowie turned things around before half-time and kept the Cobblers second in League Two with two games to go.
Bradford come into this weekend sitting in 7th place in the League Two table, with the real possibility of losing out on the playoffs looming over them. The Bantams are currently level on points with 8th-placed Mansfield and therefore need to ensure that they take maximum points from their remaining league games.
Mark Hughes’ side have failed to win either of their last two league outings, both of which came against sides below them in the table. The Bantams followed up a 1-0 defeat at Swindon with a 2-2- draw against Gillingham last time out.
The history of Northampton Town versus Bradford City is one that dates back several decades. The two football clubs have faced each 37 times over the years, and their rivalry has produced some memorable moments.
The first recorded meeting between the two sides took place on 10 September 1932 in the Football League Third Division North. Northampton Town won the match 3-2. This victory set the tone for what would become a closely contested rivalry over the years.
It was Northampton who recorded a convincing victory when these sides met in the reverse fixture earlier on in the campaign. The Cobblers found themselves with a three-goal advantage before the hour mark thanks to goals from Mitch Pinnock, Shaun Mcwilliams and Sam Sherring. Bradford scored a late consolation goal when Andy Cook converted from the spot kick as the game ended 3-1.
These sides are fairly evenly matched at the bookie ahead of this matchup, but it is the home side who are narrowly favoured @ 6/4, whilst an away win for Bradford is priced @ 9/5 and a draw is @ 21/10.
We are backing Louis George Appéré to score the first goal in the game as the Northampton striker has shown some impressive goalscoring form in recent weeks. The French striker has eight goals so far this campaign and has scored three in the Cobblers' last six league outings.