Port Vale vs Bradford – 78 years since Vale last did the double

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Friday night’s televised game on Sky Sports 2 features two teams in League Two that are in freefall.

Early title contenders Port Vale are struggling to hold onto their play-off spot since losing manager Micky Adams to Sheffield United, while pre-season title favourites Bradford have failed to live up to expectations and languish in 18th place.

Match Odds

Having won 2-0 at Valley Parade earlier in the season, Port Vale have been installed as the 10/11 favourites to beat Bradford but haven’t done the double over the Bantams since the 1933/34 season.

That leaves Bradford looking tempting at 3/1 to beat Port Vale, but Peter Taylor’s side have won just three of their 11 away games this season and have scored just 11 goals in that time.

Bradford’s awful away form suggests that Friday’s League Two clash could add to the number of dour games we’ve witnessed this week – Arsenal vs Barcelona aside – and the 12/5 for the draw looks the pick of the market.

Total Goals

Only two of the last 13 games between the two have produced over 2.5 goals and the fans that fill Vale Park should stock up on the Bovril as they’re in for a long night – the goal line is set at under 2.0/2.5 and is available at 20/21.

There has only been one 0-0 draw in those 13 games but at 9/1, and considering Bradford’s poor form in front of goal, the 0-0 draw looks a huge price compared to the 11/2 for 1-1.

Bradford’s win against Wycombe Wanderers last weekend was their first in seven games and will have sparked a certain amount of confidence through the Bradford squad.

With Port Vale struggling, a 1-0 win for Bradford is 8/1 and could be the pick of Friday’s results.

A £25 stake on Bradford winning 1-0 would return £225. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.