Pirates to pick up three points

Our League Two tipster Nick Hext makes Bristol Rovers to win at Bradford his bet of the weekend.

Last Updated: 22/03/13 at 16:48 Post Comment

John Ward's Bristol Rovers are value at 16/5 to win on the road

John Ward's Bristol Rovers are value at 16/5 to win on the road

Bradford still have ambitions of winning promotion at the end of a memorable season but I reckon their push for a play-off place will suffer a setback when Bristol Rovers visit Valley Parade on Saturday.

We all know about Bradford's memorable run to the Capital One Cup final as Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa were disposed of before the 5-0 final defeat against Swansea, but the recent league form hasn't been too hot.

Wycombe were defeated 1-0 in midweek but that was a first win in five matches and made it a recent record of only two victories in 10 games.

Phil Parkinson's men sit seven points behind Rotherham, who lie seventh, so three points really are required against mid-table Rovers.

That will prove to be a difficult task as the Pirates are in really good form.

John Ward's side have won four out of their five matches in March to pull 10 points clear of the relegation zone and they have also picked up a few notable victories on the road in 2013.

Wins have been secured at Fleetwood, Rotherham and Oxford - three sides who sit in the top half - and Ward is full of praise for the work his players have put in.

"We are getting better, but there is more room for improvement," he told the Bristol Post.

"If I sit back and get the cigars out, the players are going to do the same and I won't let that happen.

"We put the TV on straight away after the game (Saturday's 2-1 victory over Rochdale) and the players were already talking about what teams they can catch above us.

"There is positivity about them at the moment and it pleases me that they are talking like that. I don't get into all this guessing how many points we need.

"The pleasing thing for me to think about is the fantastic efforts of a team that went to Aldershot on Boxing Day with only 18 points on the board.

"We have seven more games to play and we'll enjoy it when they are finished. Until then we will play for every point."

Rovers are certainly feeling good and the 16/5 for them to win in Yorkshire should be taken.

  • Preview posted at 1840 GMT on 20/03/2013.

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