Bradford v Rochdale - Saturday 15:00
Bradford’s promising start to the season is beginning to come apart at the seams and though the performance data over the first 16 matches suggests they are comfortable top six material, recent performances haven’t been up to the top-two standards to which they aspire. As such, they might struggle to overcome a well-drilled Rochdale side at Valley Parade this weekend.
Misgivings about the Bantams have been expressed repeatedly in recent weeks, mainly stemming around the developing trend of failing to test opposition goalkeepers sufficently. In their four league matches, City have hit the target only eight times, a shortcoming masked by the fact that seven of those efforts found the back of the net.
Stuart McCall’s men are still controlling games but their cutting edge has disappeared, which was only too evident as they crashed out of the FA Cup at home to Accrington Stanley last weekend. It’s probably a stretch to suggest that Rochdale represent any great value at 14/5 - at the opening price of 10/3 they might have been considered - but the draw looks quite tasty at 5/2.
The Lancashire minnows have been to Sheffield United, Oxford, Bristol Rovers, Millwall, Charlton - all positive shot data supremacy teams - and have suffered defeat just once, in the 88th minute at the Kassam Stadium. The Bantams have drawn eight of their 16 matches, five of them with a goal apiece. Back the 1-1 correct score option at 6/1.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus