Match Preview: Bradford City vs Swindon Town

Form Guide… 

Champions Swindon are 4 points clear at the top of the table with a record of four victories and two defeats in six League Two matches.

Away from the County Ground, Swindon have a mixed record of late following the successive defeats at Aldershot and Gillingham, making it two victories and four defeats in six away trips.

18th placed Bradford City lost their last game 1-3 against Cheltenham to record three victories and three defeats in six League Two matches.

At Valley Parade, the Bantams have won their previous two games against Macclesfield and Northampton to pick up three victories, two draws and one defeat in six.

Swindon-Town-FC.co.uk Head-to-Head…

In all League, FA Cup and Football League competitions, Town have faced Bradford City on 29 occasions, winning 10, drawing 10 and defeated 9 times; scoring 45 and conceding 42.

In Bradford, Swindon have just 2 victories, 6 draws and 6 defeats from 14 matches.

Swindon drew 1-1 at Valley Parade in our most recent visit in a League One match in February 2006 thanks to a 90′ minute Sean O’Hanlon goal.

The two sides drew 0-0 in the encounter at the County Ground earlier this season, which is Town’s one of two goalless draws we’ve been involved in this season.

Swindon-town-fc.co.uk History Book…

After being formed in 1903 and joining the league immediately in an attempt to introduce the round-ball game to an area dominated by rugby league, it was 55 years before Bradford’s first encounter with Swindon, a 2-2 draw being played out at the County Ground.

In 1968/69, Bradford nearly put an end to the Town’s run in the League Cup early on, when they took a two goal lead within the first eighteen minutes of the Second Round replay at Swindon. Goals from Jack Smith and a Don Rogers penalty sent the teams in level at half-time, before Smart and Noble put the game beyond doubt – a late consolation by City ending the scoring at 4-3, as the Town went on to Wembley.

Swindon-town-fc.co.uk Memorable Match… Swindon 2 Bradford 2 | Division Two | 30th March 1988

After the first match is abandoned with the Town 3-0 up, the rematch seems to be going the same way, when Roy Wegerle and Dave Bamber put the Town two up with two goals in a three minute spell early in the second half. Bradford have other ideas though – pulling one back with just over twenty minutes remaining, before equalising in stoppage time to steal a point.

My prediction… 

Town are champions and we’ll end the season on a high with a 3-0 victory to give Town 95 points and our 2nd highest ever points total in League football.

Come on You Reds!

unfortunately no stats this week

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