Bradford: This week we focus on a battle that concerns the top and the bottom of the League One table. There is surely only one winner in this match up right?
What a terrible start to the season it has been for the Yorkshire side, and they are rooted to the bottom of the league with just ten points. With three wins under their belt, they are unlikely to make it four as the last time they won was in August against Shrewsbury.
Having already sacked Michael Collins at the start of September, current manager David Hopkin will be fearing that his job is in jeopardy as well. With just the one win under his belt and his side conceding eight goals in their previous two games, the Bradford owners might be tempted once again to sack their manager for the second time this season.
It is hard to find positives for the Bantams at the moment, but their attacking midfielder Jack Payne has at least tried to make something happen for him. The loanee has four goals to his name and plenty of creativity to find the front men, but it all depends if they can finish the chances that he has created and at the moment they cannot.
The start of the season could not have gone better for Portsmouth who are loving being top of the league at the moment. 16 games into the regular season and they have lost just once against Gillingham and with Peterborough hot on their tails, they will not want to slip up again to allow them to overtake.
The experienced Kenny Jackett has done a superb job so far especially after taking over from successful manager Paul Cook. However, after his brief spell with Rotherham United, many wondered if he was still up to the task after success at Millwall, Swansea and Wolverhampton Wanderers. But he has proved them all wrong by just finishing outside the playoffs last season and now topping the table.
Compared to Bradford there are plenty of positives for Portsmouth one being their very own Jamie Vardy. Ronan Curtis is just 22 years old and is having a superb year. He is the team’s top goal scorer with six goals, been linked with Championship clubs and even earned a call-up to the national team. You feel the only way is up for him.
Head to Head
In recent history, Bradford have been the victorious side with two wins in their previous two meetings last season. A 1-0 away win, and a 3-1 win at home was perfect for Bradford as they saw off Portsmouth. However, these two fallen Premier League sides are fighting at the opposite ends of the table this season and fortune looks like it may favour Pompey.
This game is only going one way. It would be a huge upset if Bradford were to get anything against Portsmouth and leave plenty of neutral fans disappointed if they had a bet on. My prediction is 3-0 to Portsmouth. Sorry Bradford fans