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Bradford could bounce back at Doncaster

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Two teams struggling for wins meet at the Keepmoat Stadium and it could pay to follow outsiders Bradford for their derby dust-up against Doncaster.

Neither team is easy to trust. Donny are slipping dangerously close to the relegation zone, sitting 17th, only four points from trouble, while Bradford are down to 11th, seven points off the playoff pace.

Both have games in hand which is why this match is so important and, in a close contest, it looks best to take City on the Asian handicap where even a draw would result in a small profit.

Doncaster have played 12 matches in 2018, winning just once with seven draws dragging Darren Ferguson's men down the table.

Quite often it has been reported they have played well and on the shot statistics Rovers are seen as a decent side, but that does not appear to have been missed by the odds-compilers.

Bradford have had an equally horrid 2018, winning just once in 11 matches and, by a strange quirk, both teams have beaten only Fleetwood.

Eight defeats in ten suggests Bradford are on a slippery slope towards mid-table obscurity and the decision to sack Stuart McCall in early February has not led to an upturn in fortunes.

However, the Bantams have played reasonably well in three matches under Simon Grayson, drawing 1-1 at Charlton before slightly unfortunate 1-0 defeats to red-hot Plymouth and Wigan.

A repeat of the Wigan performance should be enough for them to take something from the game, even though top goalscorer Charlie Wyke remains suspended following his red card at Plymouth.

Bradford +0.25 Asian handicap

If Bradford win, bet is settled as a winner. If match is drawn half your stake is settled as a winner and the other half refunded.

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