The match between Scunthorpe and Bradford is an important one. The Iron are already in the relegation zone and need to break their 7-loss game streak against the Bantams, who have already been relegated to League Two after their last defeat.
This EFL League Two match will be played on September 28, 2019 at 16:00.
Let’s look at where each of the teams stand on statistics first:
The Iron has seen one win, one draw and four losses in the last 6 matches of the season. The Bantams, on the other hand have seen 3 wins and 3 losses in the same time period.
The top scorer for Scunthorpe has been Olufela Olomola, who scored a total of 4 goals, while the top scorer for Bradford has been James Vaughan, who managed to score 3 goals.
The bad boys in the Iron have been Andrew Butler, with 3 yellow cards, and Jordan Clark, also with 3 yellow cards. Seems like the Bantams boys have been worse, with Ben Richards-Everton getting 2 yellows and 1 red, Zeli Ismail getting 2 yellow cards and a red, and James Vaughan the top scorer getting 4 yellow cards.
In terms of league position, Scunthorpe is trailing far behind in 23rd place, and is fighting to stay out of relegation. Bradford, on the other hand is in 6th place in the League.
The good news is that Scunthorpe has lost only 1 of their last 7 home League matches. They have won 3, and drawn 3. The last match they lost on home turf was a 2-0 defeat back in November 2015.
The Iron and the Bantams have been meeting on the field for almost 70 years, with their first ever match being played on April 14, 1951. The two teams have played a total of 59 matches against each other in that time.
Of these 59 matches, Scunthorpe has won 23 matches and lost 20. 16 matches have ended up in a draw. Since 2005, the two teams have played 14 League One matches against each other.
The last head-to-head game between the two clubs was in April 2019, during the English Football League – League One Season 2018-19. Sadly, the Iron lost to Bradford 2 goals to 3 in this match.
What Are the Odds?
If you love sports betting, then here are the odds for this match. At this point, betting providers are favoring a Scunthorpe win.
The Iron has a 2.75-odds to win, while Bedford is lower at 2.70. And the odds that the match will be a draw is 3.40.
Players in the Match
While the player line-up is not yet out, speculation is rife about which players will compete in this match-up. Here is Sky Sports says:
The Iron may get Tom Pearce back in this attempt to get out of the League One relegation zone. Pearce, who is on loan from Leeds, was unable to participate in the last match at Charlton due to a hip flexor problem. However, he is expected to be fit to play for this match against the Bantams.
Josh Morris as well as Matthew Lund are expected to be in the lineup too, but Tony McMahon, who sustained a hamstring injury, and Jordan Clark, who is down with a knee injury, will not be in this lineup.
The Bantams defender, Nathaniel Knight-Percival has been suspended, so he will not play in the match. He has to complete a two-match ban after he was sent off for the second time in a row for this season during the match in Coventry, where Bradford lost 2-0.
The team’s midfielder, Sean Scannell is expected to play in the match. However, he will be seen with a protective cast due to the hand injury he suffered in Monday’s match against Gillingham.
Bradford will have a struggle on their hands since Adam Chicksen, David Ball and Hope Akpan will all be missing from this match.
This match is going to be played at Scunthorpe’s home ground, and in the last 7 leagues, the Iron has lost only once when they played at home. This will be their first home match for the season.
However, Bradford is looking to score a second consecutive win against Scunthorpe with this match. If they do, it will be a league double win after 4 years for the team. Interestingly, while this will be the Iron’s first home match of the season, it will also be Bradford’s first away match for the season.
The match is expected to be an exciting one. While bookkeepers are favoring the Iron, the Bantams could swing and upset.
If you are looking for the entire 2019/20 League Two fixture list, you can check it out here.