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Bradford vs Oldham – 13th vs 11th

Bradford face Oldham in their 1st of 4 league matches in 10 days where a late run to the play offs could be achieved. Due to their progression in the F.A. Cup the Bantams have two games in hand on most of the teams above them and with 3 out of their next 4 at home; Bradford could well be in the play off mix come the end of the season. It will be a tough run to the end of the season though for the Yorkshire side who face 5 of the top 9 in their remaining games and dropped down to 13th after Oldham’s victory in midweek. Their next three are against sides around them in Oldham, Chesterfield and Doncaster so points over rivals is key to their late push.

  • 1 win in 9 in all competitions (1-0 win vs Crawley) but since 4-2 away win at Chelsea in F.A. Cup only won 4 out of 14 games
  • 24 out of 51 points collected at home – W6, D6, L6 – won 2 and lost 2 of last 4 games at home
  • Picked up 6 points from last 18 available – W1, D3, L2
  • All 13 league wins have been by a 1 or 2 goal margin
  • Only lost 3 out of 21 games scored first – 42 out of 63 points
  • Scored first in 11 of their 18 home games
  • 1 win in 13 when conceded first- home win over MK Dons (2-1)
  • Only 3 teams have collected less points than Bradford since new year (15) – Leyton Orient (14),Yeovil (13) and Notts C (11)
  • James Hanson top scorer with 9 – scored 4 in last 13 matches but without a goal in 6 and only netted 3 times at home in league

Oldham have climbed into the top half of the table after to back to back wins over Crewe and Rochdale. Oldham beat Dale 4-0 in midweek and haven’t conceded a goal since Dean Holden was named caretaker till the end of the season last week. The Lactics still have a slim chance of a play off spot but Holden is looking to finish as high as possible in their remaining games. Oldham have a strong chance of achieving a top 10 finish but their next four games will be tough with all teams having something to play for at either end of the table – home to Bradford and Crawley, away to Bristol City and Sheffield United.

  • Achieved back to back wins for first time since mid February
  • 24 of 52 points collected away – W6, D6, L7 – 3 wins in last 5 on the road
  • Picked up 9 points out of last 18 available – 3 wins and 3 losses
  • Last 2 games have been clean sheets – 11 in total for the season
  • 5 out of 7 away wins have been by a 1 goal margin
  • Only lost 1 in 11 away matches when scored first – winning 6 and drawing 4
  • Jonathon Forte hit 1st goal in 11 matches in 4-0 over Dale on Tuesday, grabbed a goal in 2-1 victory over Bradford in October
  • Bradford not beaten Oldham since 1997 – winless in last 11 meetings- only 1 win in 16 meetings

Prediction-Bradford 0-1 Oldham

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