After previously sitting at the League Two summit, Notts County’s season has quickly hit the skids.
Trials And Tribulations
Bradford have been taken their time in naming a replacement for Mark Hughes, but in Graham Alexander it could well be worth the wait.
Alexander The Great
The fact that both Wrexham and Notts County find themselves in the League Two promotion race suggests that either the division as a whole is lacking in genuine quality or these two clubs were operating at far too low a level for some time.
While it is the latter that makes up our football focus this Saturday, as they are set to welcome Bradford through their doors and after losing both their last two league outings, County now find themselves lying fifth in the table.
Four points behind current leaders Stockport and as many places worse off and although they know as much as anyone else that fortunes at this level can change rather quickly, there is a feeling that the Edgeley Park outfit are starting to pull clear at the top.
Then again, this is a division that offers up three automatic promotion places and on the evidence that we have seen so far, the Meadow Lane outfit in question are in the mix for these golden invites come May 2024.
To do so, they will first need to return to winning ways and standing in their way are a Bradford side that are now under the stewardship of Graham Alexander – a man who has plenty of experience within English football’s lower levels.
Experience that will certainly come in handy if the Bantams are to revive what has been a flagging campaign and now that Mark Hughes has departed from West Yorkshire, it is fair to say that new manager Alexander has his work cut out.
Saturday’s visitors have failed to win any of their last four league outings and have picked up just a single point from the last 12 on offer. More importantly, this is an outfit that has lost each of their last three in League Two.
In fairness to the former Burnley legend, he has overseen just the last of those three defeats. Then again, a home reverse to Barrow was not the welcoming party he was expecting his players to put on at Valley Parade.
Looking at the teams that are propping up the standings, you get the feeling that this is going to be nothing more than a consolidation season for Bradford. That is unless things can turnaround rather quickly under their newly installed manager.
But now it is time for the first of my two tips and with both teams keen to return to winning ways, I believe the first 45 minutes will end in stalemate. However, I do see Notts County finding the edge after the break and this scenario of half time draw and full time home win is priced at 4/1.
In addition to this, Notts County have failed to score in their last two league outings and goals have been hard to come by. Just one will do on Saturday if they manage to keep things tight at the other end and therefore, I am backing the 1-0 home win at odds of 17/2.