Latics look for third consecutive Sky Bet League One victory at in-form Bradford City on Saturday.
- Gary Caldwell’s side could extend their unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions on Saturday.
- Bantams look to move within a point of Latics after winning their last three.
- Nine wins apiece in 25 previous meetings between the two sides.
Another following of over 1,000 is expected to back Gary Caldwell’s side as they look to make it three wins in a week after smashing Colchester United 5-0 at the DW Stadium last weekend.
An improving Bradford City side will provide a stern test, though, after Phil Parkinson’s side defeated Bury 2-1 on Tuesday evening, securing their third consecutive win after successes again Rochdale and Doncaster Rovers.
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BRADFORD CITY FC
Back on the up after six years in the Football League’s bottom tier, sleeping giant Bradford City have narrowly missed out on a Sky Bet League One play-off place in their two seasons back in the third tier following promotion in 2013.
14 years since their relegation from the Premier League, the Bantams have struggled to cope with life as a Football League club, suffering relegation in their third season out of the top-flight and then in their third in League One, in 2007.
Five hard seasons in League Two followed, but the Bantams bounced back in 2013 in a memorable season for the club as Phil Parkinson, who had led the club to safety a season earlier after they flirted with dropping out of the Football League, steered his side into the play-offs where they would defeated Northampton Town 3-0 in the final. More notably, perhaps, that season will be remembered for the amazing Capital One Cup run that saw the Bantams reach the Capital One Cup final by beating Watford, Latics, Arsenal and Aston Villa on their route to Wembley, where they lost to Swansea City.
An 11th place finish was a solid return on Bradford’s return to the third tier, whilst Parkinson’s side were unlucky to not make the play-offs last season, finishing in seventh place. Again, City’s cup exploits caught the eye of the nation as a famous win at Chelsea, as well as successes over Millwall and Sunderland, took Parkinson’s side to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup before they lost to Reading in a replay.
Parkinson, who is the sixth longest-serving manager in English football with four years and two months at the helm at the Coral Windows Stadium, went into double figures with his summer arrivals as he sets about securing a top six spot in this campaign. Goalkeeper Brad Jones signed from Liverpool, defenders Tony McMahon (Blackpool), Nathan Clarke (Leyton Orient) and Greg Leigh (Manchester City) signed permanent whilst Reece Burke (West Ham United) arrived on loan. In midfield, the Bantams added Josh Morris (Blackburn Rovers), Mark Marshall (Port Vale) and Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) permanently whilst Lee Evans joined on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. Parkinson also bolstered his attacking options with the additions of Steve Davies (Blackpool) and Devante Cole (Manchester City) with Luke James also coming in on loan from Peterborough United.
Latics won their final home game of the 1990-91 campaign at the expense of Bradford City as a Bryan Griffiths double and Gary Powell strike secured a 3-0 win.
The clubs first met in the Football League in Latics’ debut campaign as a league club with the Bantams winning 3-1 at Springfield before a 1-1 draw at Valley Parade.
In all competitions, both sides have won nine games with seven draws in the 25 meetings. Latics have only won once in 12 trips to Bradford, though, as an Eamonn O’Keefe penalty secured a 1-0 win in January 1983.
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