It may be the international break, but there is plenty of League Two action to get our teeth into.
An Inconsistent Bradford
After play-off disappointment last season, it has been a rather disappointing start for Bradford. At the same time, Grimsby are getting an unbeaten run together.
Far From Grim
With six weeks of the new EFL League Two season in the history books, it gives fans and punters the perfect opportunity to take stock of the campaign so far. A campaign that has yet to really get underway for Bradford and is just warming up for Grimsby.
The two teams meet on Saturday, as Mark Hughes men look to thrust themselves up the league ladder and although the former Manchester United forward took his charges to the play-offs last season, it seems as if there is something of a hangover at the start of this.
As we approach round seven of the season, the Bantams find themselves lying 15th in the table and if there is one thing that they have been consistent in, it is largely being inconsistent. Six played, two wins, two draws and two losses.
Not only that but the way the results have been recorded have followed the same pattern. Defeat followed by victory then followed by a stalemate. Repeat that once over and that is how Bradford have managed to get their eight points on the board.
While opponents Grimsby find themselves lying three places above in 12th, as Paul Hurst’s men have only suffered one league defeat this season and are unbeaten in each of their last four League Two encounters.
However, there is a sense that this Grimsby side is solid than opposed to spectacular. Three of their five matches without defeat have seen the points shared, something that shows a slight lack of cutting edge.
Then again, you cannot fault The Mariners’ defence at present. Six games played, just five goals conceded and with three clean sheets already under their belt, their backline is certainly not a generous one.
The same could be said for Bradford’s, as they are averaging just a goal against this season but their lack of firepower at the other end has been a real stumbling block for manager Hughes to deal with.
Just four goals to their name thus far and their last league outing was a goalless draw at Mansfield last weekend. It may have been a point on the board, but their supporters are used to getting two more in situations such as those.
But now it is time for the first of my two tips. First up, I am going to go for a low scoring affair and not only that, I am backing a draw as well. Under 2.5 goals and honours even looks logical when looking at the defences of both and this one is priced at odds of 10/3.
In addition to this, I am going to opt for a correct score pick as well. The first tip does not give me much to work with, but it does at least give me a 0-0 draw to consider and at odds of 9/1, this consideration is also going on the betting slip.