Chesterfield could be the ones to finally end Bradford's unbeaten run when the two meet at the Proact Stadium on Saturday.
Bradford came from behind to beat Fleetwood last time out, stretching their unbeaten league start into double figures with a Billy Clarke penalty midway through the second period. But performances haven’t been entirely convincing of late and they could finally meet their match against a Chesterfield side that ended Northampton’s 31-match unbeaten run a fortnight ago.
Stuart McCall had declared the visit of the Cod Army a ‘must win’ encounter beforehand, a conscious attempt to divert his players away from the risk-averse mindset that had been creeping in. The Bantams had drawn their last five matches prior to that, with their total goals expectancy dropping from 2.60 to 2.25 in the process.
Chesterfield lack the depth and experience of their visitors but could be rewarded for a more cavalier approach, making 11/4 about the home win a value call. The Spireites boast the division’s fourth-strongest attack with an expected goals scored figure of 1.55 per game, 0.21 goals more threatening than Bradford. The hope is that, defensively, the visitors have an off-day.
Danny Wilson’s men were in total control for over an hour against Gillingham in midweek, twice opening-up a two-goal advantage only to be left cursing a 95th-minute equaliser from Scott Wagstaff after the visitors had twice been given a lifeline from the penalty spot. Nonetheless, a dozen goals in five home games is sufficient warning of their attacking threat.