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PREVIEW: BRADFORD CITY (H)

21 April 2015

The Iron host Bradford on Tuesday looking to make it four unbeaten, with a win enough to secure their League One safety.

Mark Robins’ side drew 2-2 at Colchester in their last outing, which meant they moved five points clear of the bottom four with just two to play for most sides around them.

Bradford have seen their faint chances of getting a play-off place disappear over the last few weeks, with a couple of disappointing results of late.

They have enjoyed another season of cup success though, reaching the quarter finals of the FA Cup before suffering a 3-0 defeat to Reading.

The Bantams are without a win in their last four, although they drew 1-1 with play-off contenders Sheffield United in their last encounter. 

Mark Robins will have a strong squad to choose from, boosted by the impact of Hakeeb Adelakun, who came off the bench to good effect once again at Colchester.

The young winger will be pushing for a start after a sequence of impressive performances, but it may be too soon for ‘keeper Sam Slocombe to return to the first team squad.

The Iron boss may opt to rotate his side though, following a busy period of fixtures which have seen United play five times already in April.

This fixture was rearranged due to Bradford City’s FA Cup run earlier in the season, and will be the second meeting between the sides this campaign.

The previous tie saw the teams play out a 1-1 draw, with Hakeeb Adelakun’s last minute equaliser cancelling out Rory McArdle’s first half strike.

The last time the Iron hosted Bradford in 2006/07, they emerged with a 2-0 victory, thanks to goals from Billy Sharp and Jermaine Beckford.

The Iron have not lost in their last four meetings with the Bantams, but this is the first season since 2006/07 where the teams have faced each other.

Out of a total of 48 matches played between the two sides, the Iron have a better record than the Bantams, winning 21 compared to Bradford’s 14, with 13 draws between the two teams.

Ahead of the game, see our article on the matchday officials, as well as the betting preview, picking the best odds from the league’s official sponsor, Sky Bet.

If you cannot make it to Glanford Park to see if the Iron can guarantee their League One survival, keep track of the action by tuning into the club’s official social media channels or the official website, with live updates available from kick-off.


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