Kick Off: 1945, 04/05/2017
Stadium: Valley Parade
TV: Sky Sports 5
Bradford went through the regular League One season without being beaten at home and are fancied to come out on top when they host Fleetwood in the first leg of their play-off semi-final.
The Bantams came from behind to beat the Cod Army 2-1 here in September and will be seeking a sixth straight success at Valley Parade on Thursday night.
This could be a tight contest but we’re kicking off our Bradford vs Fleetwood betting tips by backing City to win to nil at 19/10.
A Look At Bradford City’s Betting Odds
Bradford’s closing 1-1 draw at Rochdale was marred by an ankle injury to leading scorer Alex Jones after he had put the Bantams ahead early on at Spotland but Stuart McCall remains in good spirits.
He said: “We have managed to finish the season off strongly, particularly at home, and that will give the lads good confidence and belief going into these games.”
Five straight victories at Valley Parade since the start of March have featured eight goals for and just one against, so City will again seek to hold firm at the back and rely on the odd moment of magic going forward.
Looking at the Bradford vs Fleetwood odds, 5/1 for a 1-0 home win will do for us.
A Look At Fleetwood Town’s Betting Odds
Fleetwood have gone from surviving a relegation battle last season to finishing a fine fourth this term and go into the play-offs unbeaten in their last four matches, following three wins and Sunday’s goalless draw against Port Vale.
Midfielder Bobby Grant has hailed the work done by manager Uwe Rosler and his coaching staff, stating: “They came in and have given us the belief and the platform to go on and achieve something.
“People would probably have been betting on us to go down or to be struggling again. I can only give credit to the manager, staff and everyone around the club. They have all been outstanding and positive, which really does help the team.”
Town’s work-rate is always impressive but we feel they may just be flattered by sneaking victories in a lot of even contests this term, so 15/4 for a draw at half-time and then Bradford to win takes the eye.
Rochdale 1-1 BRADFORD – Alex Jones
FLEETWOOD 0-0 Port Vale
Head-to-head: Fleetwood 2-1 Bradford, Bradford 2-1 Fleetwood, Bradford 2-1 Fleetwood, Fleetwood 1-1 Bradford, Bradford 2-2 Fleetwood, Fleetwood 0-2 Bradford.