Our prediction for this League 2 match:
Bradford City and Morecambe go head to head at Valley Parade in what is expected to be a close League Two encounter. The Bantams have been playing some high-scoring games of late, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Morecambe. January signing Charles Vernam, who scored his first goal of the season in the 3-2 loss to Exeter. The Shrimps, on the other hand, aim to put an end to their three-match winless run in the League Two.
Since Morecambe have been struggling at the back of late, we believe that there is a big value in betting on over 2.5 goals. Bradley Lyons, who scored as a substitute in the 1-1 draw with Bolton, is widely expected to return to the starting XI. It has to be noted that nine goals in total have been netted in the previous three meetings between the two clubs.
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 (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.