Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Northern Commercials Stadium will host Wednesday’s football game between Bradford City and Morecambe. Bradford City aim to build on a 2-0 win over Mansfield Town, while Morecambe are eager to make amends for back-to-back losses to the likes of Oldham Athletic and Cambridge United. Seeing that the Bantams are eyeing automatic promotion to the League One, we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Morecambe.
James Vaughan scored a brace in the 2-0 triumph over Mansfield, meaning that the opposition back-line should have the experienced attacker at bay. The Shrimps, on the other hand, failed to impress in the previous two festive fixtures, with the team dropping to the relegation zone in the League Two standings. Given their poor away record in the English fourth tier, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to West Yorkshire.
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 (Morecambe):
Based in Lancashire, England, Morecambe are a professional club that compete in the League 2. The Shrimps were founded in 1920, and they welcome their home rivals at Globe Arena. The venue, which was opened in August, 2010, can hold up to 6,476 people.
Morecambe wear red shirts and red shorts when playing in front of home fans, while yellow is the dominant colour of their away kit. Fellow Lancashire-based club Accrington Stanley are seen as the club’s fiercest rivals. The Shrimps have rivalries with the likes of Lancaster City, Fleetwood Town, Barrow, Kendal Town, and Southport as well.
In 1974 Morecambe won the FA Trophy as they defeated Dartford 2-1 in the title game, and 14 years later they lifted the Conference League Cup trophy. The Shrimps secured promotion into the Football League with a 2-1 win over Exeter City in the 2007 play-offs final.