Following their second Premier League scalp in the FA Cup, it's back to the drudgery of League One for Bradford City with a visit to Orient's Brisbane Road. A third successive win for the Bantams? You bet!
There’s nothing quite like a good cup run to boost the confidence of a lower-league club, and Bradford City must have bucket-loads of it following their FA Cup wins over Chelsea and Sunderland.
League Two action against Leyton Orient tonight will see things return to normality, however the Bantams are creeping ever closer to a play-off position and will be looking to take a step towards this goal with three points in East London.
Leyton Orient are having no such luck. The ‘O’s are sitting uncomfortably in the bottom three despite recording their first win in six League One outings on Saturday, running out 3-2 winners at Chesterfield thanks to a goal from Dean Cox eleven minutes into injury time.
Will they manage to secure back-to-back wins for only the second time this season against a Bradford side who are increasingly looking like promotion contenders? We really don’t think that they will.
Saying that, Orient are banging in the goals, as witnessed at Chesterfield last weekend when they put three past the hosts. Nevertheless they are less than solid at the back and will prove unable to offer much resistance against a Bantams side who have only failed to score in two of their last 24 outings in all competitions.
Indeed, with six goals scored against Premier League opposition and a clean sheet against top-flight Sunderland in the FA Cup last weekend, this could prove to be a one-sided encounter and as such, we’ll be backing a Bradford win-to-nil at Brisbane Road tonight.
There is no doubt that things are taking a turn for the better for Bradford City. Manager Phil Parkinson has steered them on an upward spiral and we’re backing them to achieve promotion to the Championship. At odds of 16/1, surely they’re worth a fiver!
Our betting tips
Bradford City to win – Betfred 7/4
Bradford City win-to-nil – Paddy Power 7/2
All odds were correct at time of posting.