By Finley Cowperthwaite
West Yorkshire club Bradford City will be aiming to finish their Sky Bet League One home campaign on a high when they host a struggling Walsall side on Tuesday night.
It has been a disappointing season as far as the Bantams are concerned, and after their home loss against Southend on Saturday their hopes of somehow reaching the play-offs were shattered. Walsall have also been more than underwhelming this campaign, sitting in 18th place and having been in a relegation battle all season. However their 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Northampton on Saturday means that a point on Tuesday at Valley Parade ensures league safety for another season.
The odds are in the home sides favour however, with the Saddlers picking up just one point on the road from their last twelve matches. As well as this, Bradford are unbeaten in their last four matches against Walsall, winning two and drawing two, and with the Bantams being seven places above their opponents in the table they will certainly be the favourites going into this one.
Bradford boss Simon Grayson said after the Southend defeat that “the breaks didn’t go our way,” and he will hope his sides fortunes turn around on Tuesday night as his side play their third successive game at home. The bad news for the team ahead of the fixture is that during the game on Saturday striker kai Bruenker was stretchered off the field after injuring himself by landing awkwardly.
Despite this, City should feel confident they can overcome the struggling Saddlers, and manager Grayson will certainly want a response after Saturdays devastating defeat which put all promotion hopes to bed.
There will most likely be a minutes silence before the game starts to honour former Bradford manager George Mulhall, who sadly passed away on Sunday night. Mulhall managed the club between 1978-1981 and will be remembered fondly by everyone at the club.