Shrewsbury v Bradford Betting Preview – 14/01/17

Shrewsbury v Bradford Betting Preview – 14/01/17

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Shrewsbury v Bradford Betting Preview

In our Shrewsbury v Bradford betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Paul Hurst’s Shrewsbury Town welcome high flying Bradford City to Greenhous Meadow looking to pick up their first win in four games. The Shrews were last in league action on Saturday when they took on fellow strugglers Swindon Town at the County Ground. They made the trip back to Shropshire with a point for their efforts which lifted them out the relegation zone for the first time in weeks. Bradford on the other hand are up in fourth position and Stuart McCall’s are really enjoying themselves at the moment. Their win over Chesterfield extended their unbeaten run to six games and they’ll see this clash as a big opportunity to pick up another three points.

It’s been a tough season for Shrewsbury Town so far but they’re making real progress under Paul Hurst. Since his arrival in Shropshire at the back end of October he’s made them much more organised and they’re a difficult side to beat. They were stranded at the foot of the League One table when he made the move from Grimsby Town and they’re now outside the drop zone – which is a great achievement. But it’s vital they continue to build on the good work they’ve started and their cement their status in the third tier starting here – but it won’t be easy against a strong Bradford side.

The foundation behind Shrewsbury Town’s climb up the table has been their form at home. Paul Hurst has seen his side beaten just once at Greenhous Meadow in four games – keeping three clean sheets in the process. Victories over Oxford (2-0) & Bristol Rovers (2-0) raised morale but they were brought back down to earth with a loss to Fleetwood (1-0) in their last home game. That defeat was the third of their four game game winless run which continue when they faced Swindon on Saturday. The Shrews produced a battling performance to claim a 1-1 draw at the County Ground despite debutant Aristote Nsiala receiving a red card.

Bradford City make the trip to Shropshire up in fourth position and Stuart McCall’s men are desperate for three points here. Four successive draws in December saw The Bantams lose pace on the top three and they’re now seven points behind second placed Scunthorpe United. City’s achilles heel this season has been drawing games – with their total of twelve the highest in League One. Their conservative approach has seen them lose just three games all season which again is a league record, but they need to take more risks if they’re to put some pressure on the third tiers leading sides.

Bradford were last in league action on Saturday when they defeated Chesterfield 2-0 at Valley Parade. Goals from Mark Marshall and Jordy Hiwula saw them come out on top to secure a second win in as many games. It was a comfortable ninety minutes for Stuart McCall’s men which extended their unbeaten home record to 14 games. The bulk of their problems this season have come away from West Yorkshire, with them losing three of their 12 games on the road. They’ve won just two of their last six on their travels and it’s an area of their game they need improve.

This is a huge game at both ends of the table and we’re expecting both of these sides to go for the three points here. Bradford’s hopes of automatic promotion are already looking slim and it’s vital they pick up three points here. They certainly have the quality in their ranks to get the job done but we’re not expecting it to be easy. We can see the hosts causing Bradford plenty of problems, but we’re backing The Bantams to get the three points they need. They’re available at 5/6 to get a win which looks very well priced.

Recommended Bets:

Bradford City to win: (Best Priced at 5/6 at SkyBet) BET HERE

Bradford City to score first: (Best Priced at 4/6 at Paddy Power) BET HERE

BTTS: (Best Priced at 11/10 at betfair) BET HERE

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