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Bradford City will face off against visiting rivals Hartlepool United at University of Bradford Stadium in this League Two tie on Saturday.
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📏 Form Guide
Bradford City will play in this fixture following on from a 1-1 League Two drawn game vs Newport County.
For Bradford City, the goals were scored by Andy Cook (36') and Liam Ridehalgh (61' Own goal).
Their most recent results shine a light on the fact that not much more can be done by the Bradford City backline. Bradford City have been miserly, with the tally of goals that have flown into the back of their net over the course of their last six clashes standing at 2.
Heading into this fixture, Bradford City have not been beaten in the league by Hartlepool United in their previous 2 games.
In their last fixture, Hartlepool United drew 1-1 in the League Two match with Northampton Town.
The only scorer from Hartlepool United was Josh Umerah (37'). Sam Hoskins (81') scored for Northampton Town.
Looking at their form, and Hartlepool United have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, seeing their opponents hit 10 goals overall. At the back, Hartlepool United seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly. That sort of pattern might not be carried forward into this match, of course.
Their previous form shows that Hartlepool United:
- have not been beaten by Bradford City when having played them away from home in the previous 3 league matches.
- are undefeated in their last 2 away league matches.
- are without a win away from home in their last 3 league matches.
↔️ Head to head
If we look at their past head to head duels stretching back to 19/03/2005, it’s been all-even between these two clubs with Bradford City winning 3 of those games, Hartlepool United 3 and 0 being draws in normal time.
A combined sum of 16 goals were scored between the two sides in these games, with 9 from The Bantams and 7 created by The Pool. The average goals per game has been 2.67.
The previous league encounter between these clubs was League Two match day 5 on 20/08/2022 which finished with the scoreline of Hartlepool United 1-3 Bradford City.
The match was refereed by Scott Oldham.
🗞️ Team News: Bradford City
The Bradford City manager Mark Hughes has no fitness concerns at all coming into this clash with a completely injury-free squad available to choose from.
In all likelihood, The Bantams will possibly make use of the 4-3-1-2 formation for this game, handing starts to Harry Lewis, Bradley Halliday, Matty Platt, Sam Stubbs, Liam Ridehalgh, Alex Gilliead, Adam Clayton, Richard Smallwood, Jamie Walker, Andy Cook and Dara Costelloe.
🗞️ Team News: Hartlepool United
From a largely healthy squad, there is only the lone fitness worry for the Hartlepool United manager John Askey to be concerned about. Rollin Menayese (Ankle Injury) won’t be playing here.
There’s a good chance that The Pool will likely begin the game with a 5-3-2 lineup, starting the game with Jakub Stolarczyk, Daniel Dodds, Euan Murray, Edon Pruti, Jamie Sterry, David Ferguson, Mohamad Sylla, Dan Kemp, Callum Cooke, Connor Jennings and Josh Umerah.
It looks to us that Bradford City can and should stay in control for long periods of time and should be able to convert a few of the chances that they create.
In contrast, Hartlepool United could well struggle to score a goal of their own although we do see them converting at least once as well.
We’re therefore anticipating a controlled 3-1 winning score for Bradford City by the time that the referee blows the final whistle.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
Andre Moura, 02:26 14/03/2023
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: University of Bradford Stadium (25,136)
Captain: Richard Smallwood
Chairman: Stefan Rupp
Manager: Mark Hughes
Competitions: League Two position 6
⭐ Star Man: Andy Cook
Regularly taking to the field in the Striker position, Andy Cook was born in England. After having made a senior debut playing for Barrow in the 2009 - 2010 season, the skilful Forward has contributed 20 league goals in this League Two 2022 - 2023 campaign to date from a total of 35 appearances.
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