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Match Preview - Bradford City v Rovers

15 October 2021

Rovers return to league action this weekend as they prepare to face Bradford City at Valley Parade on Saturday afternoon. Below is all the info you need ahead of the fixture.

Rovers head into the match against Bradford City off the back of a 1-2 home defeat against Chelsea U21s in the Papa Johns Trophy on Wednesday evening where Niall Lovelock and Tyron Mbuenimo made their Rovers debuts.

Manager's Preview

The Rovers boss spoke to local press on Friday morning at the Quarters training ground ahead of tomorrow's visit to Bradford. Barton said that he expects a really tough game on Saturday afternoon.

"If you're not on your game they can cause you lots and lots of problems. They had a great start to the season, it's maybe not been the best period for them recently but they are one of the bigger sides in the division.

'It'll be a tough place to go and certainly, they will be testing us in our defensive departments and it is important that we continue the good work from Carlisle last week and look to build on a positive away performance at Walsall the last time we were away from home.

'We will have to be the best version of ourselves that we possibly can be."

Opposition View

In his weekly press conference, Bantams boss Derek Adams alluded to the strength in depth Rovers have in their ranks, saying, "Bristol Rovers come in off a great victory last weekend.

“They have got one of the best squads in the league, with a vast number of experienced players.

“We have to be on our game to get three points.

“We want to treat every match as a cup final, and I do not see this being any different to any other fixture.”

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Form Guide

Saturday's opponents started the season brightly, recording 3 wins in their opening 5 games. Since the end of August, Bradford have recorded just one win in 9 games, which came thanks to a 2-0 win at home against Rochdale.

Last Saturday, Derek Adams' side picked up a point away at Newport and in total, the Bantams have collected 16 points from 11 games so far in the Sky Bet League Two this season. 

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Stat Attack

The Bantams so far this season have picked up 11 points at home, the 5th highest point tally in the league this season for points registered at home.

Both teams have scored in 9 out of the last 10 encounters between Rovers and Bradford, with Bradford scoring the first goal in 5 out of the last seven head-to-head encounters.

Andy Cook leads the scoring charts for Bradford this season to date, with five goals to his name. Four of those goals have come at Valley Parade, with all of those goals at home coming from inside the penalty area.

Goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell and defender Liam Ridehalgh have featured for every minute of league action so far this season for Bradford.

Rovers are currently on a three-game unbeaten streak against the Bantams.

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Ref Watch

Andy Haines is the man in charge of Saturday's contest. Haines has officiated 11 games this term, handing out 25 yellow cards. In total, Haines has taken control of 29 Sky Bet League Two games, averaging 23.86 fouls per game and 2.86 yellow cards per fixture. His last game in charge of Rovers was our 1-1 draw at Bolton back in January 2018.

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Betting Preview

EFL sponsors Sky Bet have Rovers priced at 10/1 to record a 0-1 away victory on Saturday afternoon. 

On the goalscorer markets, Antony Evans is priced at 7/2 to score at any time in the game against Bradford City.

To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE. Please bet responsibly. 

How to Follow the Match

Overseas fans can watch Saturday’s game live on iFollow – with a match pass costing the equivalent of £10. Supporters based in the UK can purchase an audio match pass for £2.50. To find out more about iFollow, please click HERE.


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