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Bradford City vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday Two

13 August 2021

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Bradford City vs. Latics

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday Two

13 August 2021

Latics play their second game of the Sky Bet League Two season when they travel to Yorkshire to take on Bradford City this weekend (Saturday 14 August - 3pm KO).

Despite defeat in the campaign opener at the hands of Newport County, Keith Curle’s men come into this game on a high following the penalty shootout success against Tranmere Rovers in the Carabao Cup Round One.

A spirited comeback featuring goals from Dylan Bahamboula and an own goal saw Oldham come from two behind to force the shooutout.


Form Guide

The Bantams picked up a point in their opening League Two game of the season, drawing 0-0 with Exeter City at St James’ Park.

Unlike Latics, they were unable to secure their place in the hat for the Second round of the league cup as they lost 2-1 to Sky Bet Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Bradford will be hoping that their end of 2020/21 season form will not continue. They didn’t win any of their last seven league games, losing six of them.


Meetings: 116

Latics wins: 48
Bradford wins: 34
Draws: 34

Scored - 174
Conceded - 143

The two sides met four times last campaign, with Latics very much having the better of the exchanges, taking the unbeaten run to five between the two teams since the 3-0 defeat in August 2019.

The last time they met they couldn’t be separated as it headed for a stalemate but Latics won each of the previous three.

In the EFL Trophy, a Daivis Keilor-Dunn goal followed by a late Alfie McCalmont brace saw Oldham take the points in a 3-1 win.

Just over two weeks later, Latics knocked the Bantams out of the FA Cup, successfully overturning a one goal deficit to claim a 2-1 win courtesy of great long range efforts from Conor McAleny and Danny Rowe.

At Boundary Park, Latics eased to a 3-1 win in the league, with a superb solo goal from the tricky Bahamboula being the main talking point.

Watch Out For

Abo Eisa has recently joined the ranks at Valley Parade.

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The pacey winger arrived from Scunthorpe United. Latics fans may remember Eisa from his sterling performance in the Iron’s win at Boundary Park last term and Curle and co will be looking to avoid a repeat.

Pacey and direct, Eisa has a skillset that is capable of causing defences all kind of trouble.

He made his debut from the bench in the 2-1 loss to Forest and he could well be in line for his first start for the visit of Oldham.

Eisa began his career with Uxbridge and then went on to Wealdstone before making the step up to the Football League with Shrewsbury Town.

He played 14 times for the Shrews, scoring one goal and gained league two experience with a loan spell at Colchester United.

An impressive 18 goals in 76 games for Scunthorpe was his best spell and the Bantams had some competition to secure his services on a two-year-deal.

A Foot In Both Camps

A name that both sets of fans will remember well is Danny Rowe.

Current Chesterfield striker Rowe spent time at both clubs last season, making the move from Boundary Park to Valley Parade in the winter transfer window.

Rowe managed 11 in 32 for Latics whilst also posting stats of 5 in 18 for Latics’ opponents.

Towards the back end of last season, Rowe was again on the move as he dropped back into the Vanarama National League with Chesterfield.

In The Dugout

Derek Adams is the man in the dugout for the hosts.

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Adams joined Bradford this summer, leaving Morecambe.

Whilst with the Shrimps, Adams impressively led the club into the third tier of English football via the playoffs and City fans will be hoping that he can replicate that achievement with them.

The other clubs that the 46-year-old has managed are Ross County and Plymouth Argyle.

Match Officials

The man in the middle is Stephen Martin.

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His last fixture in charge of Latics arrived in August 2016 as we won 1-0 away at Bury and handed out three yellow cards.

He took charge of 30 games last campaign, handing out a total of 68 yellow cards and three red cards.

He will be assisted by Natalie Aspinall and Matthew McGarth, with David Avent as the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

Bradford have been made odds on favourites to claim all three points, with the bookmakers pricing them up at 4/5.

Meanwhile Latics are better value at 3/1 whilst the draw is 13/5.

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How To Follow The Game

Live commentary is only available on iFollow Latics with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown who will be talking you through the match.

For more information, visit the iFollow Latics page by clicking here.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC

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