Bradford City vs Grimsby TownEnglish League Two, KO: 12:30 Sep 9, 2023, University of Bradford Stadium
Bradford City welcome Grimsby Town to the University of Bradford Stadium for a League Two fixture on Saturday. Neither team has shown much consistency this season but Bradford often do their best work at home and should have the upper hand here.
It has not been the best start to the season for Bradford City, who are currently in the bottom half of the table. They have been a bit erratic so far with just two wins and as many draws and defeats from their opening six League Two matches.
The Bantams head into Saturday’s clash off the back of a 0-0 draw at Mansfield Town in their previous League Two fixture. Manager Mark Hughes would have been disappointed to have left with just a point after dominating the encounter and created several goalscoring opportunities.
One thing Bradford City have going for them is their solid home record as they are currently unbeaten in their last 10 League Two matches, stretching back to last season. They have picked up six wins in that run but have conceded in five of the last seven fixtures in front of their fans.
It has been a similar start to the season for Grimsby Town, who are also in the bottom half of the table, just one point above Bradford City. Like their hosts, they have picked up just two wins this season but have only been beaten once so far.
Grimsby Town earned a 2-0 victory at Gillingham in their previous League Two fixture thanks to first half goals from Niall Maher and Gavan Holohan. However, they followed that up with a 2-0 defeat at Barnsley in a midweek EFL fixture.
The defeat at Barnsley is a pointer to Grimsby Town’s struggles on their recent travels. Paul Hurst’s men are winless in their last six matches across all competitions, suffering five defeats in that run.
How the bookies view it
Bradford City have the upper hand among the bookies with a home win priced at 23/20 with Coral. A victory for Grimsby Town is valued at 14/5 with Unibet while a draw is set at odds of 5/2 by William Hill.
Head to head
Bradford City have an 11-2 advantage with two draws from 20 previous matches against Grimsby Town. Bradford have won the last two meetings at home and claimed a 3-2 victory in their last League Two fixture back in April.
Players to watch
Jamie Walker was on target in this fixture last season and could be worth keeping an eye on for Bradford City. The forward also scored the winning goal in Bradford’s previous home fixture and is priced at 7/4 with bet365.
Abobaker Eisa has been the standout player for Grimsby Town this season with four goals in six League Two appearances. The forward could be worth keeping an eye on to score anytime on Saturday at 11/4 with bet365.
Anything else catch the eye?
The last meeting between Bradford City and Grimsby Town produced over 3.5 goals which is priced at 9/4 by 888Sport. Over 2.5 goals can also be considered at 19/20 with bet365 while William Hill is offering odds of 4/5 on both teams to score.
A tight opening is expected on Saturday, so the second half can be tipped to produce the most goals at 11/10 with Paddy Power.
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