Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Valley Parade will host League Two opener between Bradford City and Colchester United. Bradford aim to build on the EFL Cup win over Bolton, but, unlike last season, the Bantams are not listed among the favourites to secure automatic promotion to League One this time out. A man to watch in the home team will be experienced attacker Lee Novak, who joined the club from Scunthorpe United last term.
Colchester United, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Reading in their EFL Cup opener. Seeing that over the years Bradford City have turned their Valley Parade into a real fortress, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from the match. In their last meeting at the venue Colchester emerged triumphant, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Hope Akpan):
Born in Liverpool, England, on August 14, 1991, Hope Akpan is a professional footballer who plays for Bradford City. Akpan is a product of Everton football academy, but he did not see any game action for the Toffees in the Premier League.
After ending his loan spell with Hull City, Hope Akpan moved to Crawley Town in 2011, where he scored five goals in 47 appearances in the league. The experienced midfielder played for the likes of Reading, Blackburn Rovers, and Burton Albion before signing a deal with Bradford City in 2018. Hope Akpan represents Nigerian at the international level as his parents are Nigerian.
He made his debut with the Super Eagles on October 14, 2014, in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers. His primary position is a central midfielder, but he is used as both defensive and right midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right, and he wears the number 21 shirt at Bradford City.
Highlighted Team (Colchester):
Founded in 1937, Colchester United are a professional football club that compete in the League Two, the English fourth tier. The U’s welcome their rivals at Colchester Community Stadium, the venue which has the capacity of 10,105 people.
Colchester United are well known for their blue kit, but white is the dominant colour of their away kit. The U’s have an official fans association known as the CUSA. Colchester supporters consider Wycombe Wanderers the club’s fiercest rivals, but the rivalries with Southend United and Ipswich Town are big as well. Colchester United did well to win the FA Trophy in the 1991/92 season, with the team clinching the Essex Senior Cup trophy in the 2009/10 season.
In December 1961 the U’s recorded their biggest win, with the team rolling over Bradford City 9-1 in the Fourth Division. Colchester United repeated the success 44 years later as they hammered Leamington 9-1 in the FA Cup round 1.