Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Valley Parade will host Saturday’s football game between Bradford City and Colchester, the two teams with entirely different ambitions for the season finale. The Bantams are eyeing their third consecutive league win, and they must be high on confidence following a 2-0 win over Gillingham. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Andy Cook, who scored a brace in the midweek triumph, while both Emmanuel Osadebe and Jamie Walker have recovered from their respective injuries.
The U’s, on the other hand, failed to impress in back-to-back defeats to Carlisle and Northampton, which is yet another reason why we are going to bet on Bradford City. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team ahead of the trip to West Yorkshire. Keep in mind, though, that the Bantams failed to beat the U’s in the previous three meetings between the two sides in the English fourth tier.
Highlighted Player (Tommy Smith):
Tommy Smith is a left-footed defender who plays at centre back. Smith is capable of playing as left back as well and he represents New Zealand on the international stage. He was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, but seeing that he was resided in New Zealand he was eligible to play for both England and All Whites.
The New Zealand international played for the likes of Crewe Alexandra, North Shore United and Ipswich Town during his youth career and he made his debut for the first team in Ipswich’s 2-1 defeat to Preston North End in the opening match of the 2008/2009 campaign.
Tommy Smith impressed in the 2013/2014 Championship campaign with the Tractor Boys as he scored 6 goals in 45 league appearances for the club. Speaking of his international career, Smith made his full New Zealand debut on 3 March, 2010 in a 2-0 loss to Mexico. He scored his first goal for the All Whites in the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Fiji. Smith was born on 31 March 1990.
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.