Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Bradford City will be looking to build on a 2-1 win over Stevenage when they welcome Harrogate at their Valley Parade on Monday evening. The first win of the season helped the Bantams regain a much-needed confidence, but they do not want to stop now. Bradford City aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Harrogate.
The newcomers, on the other hand, suffered their first defeat of the season at the weekend, with the team dropping three points in a home loss to Bolton. Considering that over the years Bradford City have turned their Valley Parade into a real fortress, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. A man to keep an eye on in the home side will be Lee Novak, who scored a brace in the triumph over Stevenage.
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 (Harrogate):
Harrogate Town is an English club that welcomes their rivals at Wetherby Road. Opened on August 28, 1920, the venue can hold up to 5,000 spectators (500 seated). The club was founded back in 1914, with the Sulphurties facing Horsforth in their first competitive match on August 30, 1919.
Harrogate Town footballers wear yellow and black shirts when playing at home, while pink is the dominant colour of their away jersey. The Sulphurties did well to win the Whitworth Cup in the 1919/20 season, while the club’s biggest success in the FA Cup came in the 2012/13 when they made it to the second round.
Simon Weaver is one of the most notable footballers who played for Harrogate Town in the past. The team’s manager for the 2020/21 season played for several English clubs, and he has been very successful in the coaching job as well.