Salford will be hopeful of extending their three-match unbeaten run as they make their final push for promotion.
Since their narrow 1-0 loss to Ian Evatt’s Bolton a few weeks ago the Ammies have found some form which has brought them to just one point behind Newport in seventh.
The Utilita Energy Stadium will see the first return of Gary Bowyer, who will be hopeful for a win against his former team after he was sacked last February after a run of poor results.
Bowyer has had an impressive start to life in Salford, losing just one game in the last seven outings and reviving the team into a likely playoff contender come may.
His team’s previous record against the Bantams is also reassuring as they are unbeaten, having drawn once and winning twice.
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The most recent match between the two resulted in a 3-0 win at the Peninsula Stadium for Salford as a brace from Luke Burgess sealed a comfortable home win for the Ammies.
Fortunately for Salford, the home team are experiencing a rough patch of form having lost their previous four matches in the league which has seen their optimistic push for promotion hopes squandered.
Their most recent match away at Port Vale saw their early lead overturned as their first return to Vale Park in four years ended in defeat.
For Bradford a win tonight would mean very little for them to move up the table as they rely on many other fixtures to go their way.
The club has already made their thoughts on this season well known and have insisted that dual managers Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars set their sights on next season.
I spoke to Jake Teagle, a Bradford City fan, about his thoughts on tonight’s fixture, his team’s performance over the season and his thoughts for the future:
What do you think are the main reasons for your recent run of bad form?
“I think perhaps the players have gotten a bit too comfortable, we’ve avoided relegation but seemingly gave up on a playoff fight meaning we’ve nothing to play for tonight.”
What do you think the outcome of tonight’s match will be?
“I can’t see anything other than a Salford win for the reasons I’ve mentioned before. It feels as though our season has ended prematurely and the club have already publicly stated they’re looking ahead at next season instead.”
What are your thoughts on Gary Bowyer’s time at Bradford and do you think you are now better off since his sacking?
“Bowyer at Bradford seemed a solid fit at first, but as it unravelled, we played some of the worst football I’ve ever seen as a City fan. And that’s saying something.
“I think currently we’re better off. Immediately after his sacking we were in a much worse position, facing dropping into the non-league, but the club seems to be ready to be on the up and up again.”
What are your thoughts on Trueman and Sellar’s dual management this season?
“It’s no secret they’ve worked a miracle and we have them to thank for still being in the league, but it’s evident they’re still searching for a playing identity and hopefully that’ll come with the experience they gain.”
As the season draws to a close, what has been your highlight?
“I think the highlight of our season was probably was the 4-1 win at home to Forest Green a few weeks ago; we’ve not had much to shout about this season.”
What would you say is the most pressing issue to change over the summer?
“I think it has to be the core base of the squad; this team still holds players we had signed on high wages whilst we were fighting at the top end of league one. Yet again we need an overhaul in the summer.”