Bradford will be aiming to stretch their unbeaten run in the league to eleven games as they travel to The Crown Oil Arena to face Rochdale on Saturday afternoon.
Despite their recent upturn in form, it seems Rochdale have left it too little too late, as they currently sit at the foot of the League Two table, six points adrift with only five games left in their campaign.
The Dale are in the midst of their best run of form of the season, which has seen them record just one defeat in their last five league outings, in which they have gained eight points. This run has included an impressive 4-2 victory over Walsall and a disciplined 1-0 victory over Wimbledon.
Last time out, Rochdale had to come from behind to gain a well-earned point against promotion-chasing Mansfield. Hiram Boateng's second Easter goal gave the Stags the perfect start on six minutes after he found Lucas Akins in the box and then ran onto Akins' superb backheel return to crash home a 12-yard finish.
Mansfield dominated, but Dale grew in confidence and were level on 43 minutes when Burnley loanee Owen Dodgson played a one-two on the left and drilled a crisp finish across goalkeeper Christy Pym and inside the far post for his first senior goal as the game finished 1-1.
Automatic promotion is not out of the picture for Bradford, who currently sit in 6th position in the table. The Bantams are currently just two points behind Stockport who are in 3rd place and they crucially have a game in hand over both Stockport and Carlisle above them.
Bradford come into this game on the back of an impressive run of form which has seen the Bantams record ten games without a loss, having won five and drawn five. This run has included impressive victories against the likes of Doncaster, Gillingham and Colchester.
Last time out Mark Hughes’ side recorded a comfortable victory over Sutton United. Goals from Scott Banks, Andy Cook and Harry Chapman gave Bradford a 3-0 lead in the game which finished 3-1. A win this weekend could see Bradford enter the automatic playoff places.
This is the 100th meeting of these sides in a competitive setting, with Bradford having won 48, Rochdale having won 22 and there having been 29 draws. The biggest victory in this fixture came in 1968, when Rochdale recorded a 6-0 win.
Rochdale came from behind to record a rare victory when these sides met earlier on in the campaign. Braford looked on course to record a trouble-free victory when Abo Eisa put them ahead inside the opening half an hour. However, veteran striker Ian Henderson struck twice in seven second-half minutes to earn Rochdale one of their three away victories this campaign.
Unsurprisingly, given the respective league positions of these sides, it is Bradford who are favourites and are currently priced @ 6/5, whilst a home victory for Rochdale is priced @ 11/5 and a draw is @ 11/5.
We are backing Andy Cook to score 2+ goals as he has been highly impressive so far this campaign, netting 24 goals in 40 games, currently leading the League Two golden boot race by four goals. Rochdale have the second-worst defensive record in the league, having conceded 62 goals this season, providing Cook with a chance to add to his tally.