Our prediction for this League 2 match:
After sharing the spoils with the likes of Leyton Orient, Salford City, and Carlisle United in the last three league fixtures, Bradford City will be looking to climb to the top two in the League Two standings when they take on Mansfield Town in yet another festive fixture. The Bantams are undefeated in the previous five league matches, but the fans are hungry for victories.
Considering that Bradford City have turned their Northern Commercials Stadium into a real fortress, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from Sunday’s football match. Mansfield Town, on the other hand, played out a 2-2 draw with Port Vale on Boxing Day, with the team coming from two goals behind to share the spoils with the Valiants. However, the Yellows will have a much bigger fish to fry against the promotion-chasing side.
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 (Mansfield):
Founded in 1897, Mansfield Town are a professional club that compete in the League 2, the English fourth tier. The Stags are well known for their yellow shirts and blue shorts, while the colour of their away kit is black. Field Mill is the club’s home ground, the stadium with the capacity of 9,186.
The venue was built back in 1861 and renovated in 1999. Chesterfield and Notts County are regarded as the club’s fiercest rivals. Mansfield Town did well to win the Football League Trophy in 1986/1987 season, with the team beating Bristol City on penalties at Wembley Stadium.
The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the regular time, with Kevin Kent and Glyn Riley scoring for Mansfield Town and Bristol City respectively. Goalkeeper Rod Arnold is the player with most appearances as he played 513 games for the Stags in all competitions.