I don’t have many positive memories from matches against Bradford.
A trip to Valley Parade in 1997 ended in painful defeat, scuppering hopes of a top two finish under Mark McGhee.
A year or so later the Bantams were down at Molineux, recording a 3-2 win to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League, as Wolves missed out on the play-offs.
It’s safe to say plenty of water has traveled under the bridge since those days, but we’re back at it again now as both teams look set to be amongst the promotion contenders.
After a marvelous run to the League Cup final last season, Bradford could have been forgiven for stumbling towards a midtable League Two finish.
But they put together enough results from their games in hand to eek into the play-offs before overwhelming Northampton 3-0 in their second Wembley appearance of the season to earn a well deserved promotion.
They’ve carried that momentum on again and look as determined as any club to remain amongst the front-runners.
A credible draw at Preston in midweek ended a mini-slump, which saw them lose back-to-back games against Crawley and Tranmere.
They start this game in 5th place, seven points behind Wolves and having played a game more. They’ll be keen to close that gap and claim another (mini) scalp.
Leading scorer Nahki Wells has returned from injury and could feature. He has 8 league goals already so will be one to keep an eye out for.
It’s a big blow losing Matt Doherty, even if it’s just for this match. He’s been fantastic this season and brought dynamism to the right flank that we’ll desperately miss in his absence. I expect Richard Stearman will deputise.
I think Kenny Jackett will reinstate Kevin Doyle. He wisely added an extra midfielder to prevent Oldham dictating the play with their passing in midweek, but I get the sense Bradford will offer a more direct, physical threat.
That will mean our centre backs will have to do plenty of defending, but we should have the luxury of playing two strikers. Hopefully Doyle will have benefited from the enforced break.
Wolves are again just about favourites to come out on top at 5/4. Bradford are available at 12/5 and the draw is 5/2.
Leigh Griffiths is the man most fancied to open the scoring at 4/1. Nahki Wells is 9/2 and former Wolves man Kyel Reid is 14/1 to get the first goal.
There was only one person who didn’t think we’d beat Oldham in midweek (I won’t name and shame) so everyone picked up points.
Of the 59 that registered a correct prediction, 17 also got the 2-0 scoreline for a double. Well done to all of them.
I shall endeavour to update the table after I hit publish on this post.
This is going to be a very tough game and probably the biggest threat yet to our unbeaten away record.
I think Wolves will score but I think Bradford will too. I fancy a draw and I wouldn’t be unhappy with that outcome.
Up The Wolves.