Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Tuesday’s football game at Valley Parade pits together Bradford City and Southend United, the two teams who have different ambitions for the 2020/21 League Two season. Bradford City are eyeing a place in the playoffs, while Southend’s main goal is to avoid relegation to the English fifth tier. The Bantams do not seem to be at their sharpest at the moment, but despite their three-game losing run, they are seen as hot favourites to beat the rock-bottom side at home ground.
Over the years Bradford have turned their Valley Parade into a real fortress, and they will not have a better chance than this to return to winning ways in the League Two. The Seasiders, are on a five-game losing run in the League Two, and given their difficulties in front of goal, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. Keep in mind, though, that Bradford City defender Levi Sutton is banned.
Highlighted Player (Anthony O\'Connor):
Born in Cork, the Republic of Ireland on October 25, 1992, Anthony O’Connor is a professional footballer who plays for Bradford City as a defender. His primary position is a centre-back, but he is used as both right-back and defensive midfielder as well.
The Irish footballer is a product of the Blackburn Rovers football academy, but he did not see any game action with the Riversiders at senior level. After ending his loan spells with the likes of Burton Albion, Torquay United, and Plymouth Argyle, Anthony O’Connor signed a permanent deal with the Pilgrims in 2015. At the end of the 2014/2015 season, O’Connor returned to Burton, signing a two-year contract with the Brewers.
In the summer of 2016, he moved to Scotland Premier League club Aberdeen where he scored five goals in 61 league appearances. In June 2018 he joined League Two side Bradford City. It has to be noted that Anthony O’Connor has eight caps with the Republic of Ireland U21 team.
Highlighted Team (Southend):
Nicknamed the Shrimpers, Southend United are a League One club which is located in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. Southend United were founded back in 1906 and have been wearing dark blue shirts and shorts ever since.
The colour of their away shirt is sky blue, with the team wearing black shorts when playing on the travels. Roots Hall is the club’s home ground, the venue which was built in 1952 and opened three years later. The capacity of the stadium is 12,392. Fellow Essex team Colchester United are seen as Southend United’s biggest rivals. The two clubs were in the race for top position in the League One in the 2005/2006 season, with Southend eventually winning the battle.
Southend United recorded their biggest ever win in the 1934/1935 season, with the team rolling over Golders Green 10-1 in the FA Cup. The Shrimpers suffered their biggest defeat in the 1965/1966 season when they were beaten by Brighton 9-1.