Doncaster v Bradford: The Key Information
Darren Ferguson has been in charge at the Keepmoat since 2015
Doncaster and Bradford meet in a Yorkshire derby clash at the Keepmoat Stadium on Monday evening.
With Doncaster not yet safe from the drop and Bradford still chasing a top-six finish we look at the form guide, stats and what the managers have to say going into the game, which is live on Sky Sports Mix…
After Saturday’s action in Sky Bet League One, the Bantams occupy 11th spot in the table, with seven points separating them from the play-off positions. They do, however, have two games in hand over several teams around them including Portsmouth, Peterborough and Bristol Rovers.
Doncaster have slipped to 17th over the weekend and now sit a precarious four points above Northampton in the final relegation place with one extra game to play.
Where the two clubs stand as of 6pm 17 March 2018
Doncaster have won just once this year – a 3-0 triumph over Fleetwood on February 17 – and they have lost three of their last seven games – a period in which they have scored 10 goals.
Bradford’s torrid 2018 got underway with five defeats in six games and, despite appointing Simon Grayson to take over from Stuart McCall in early February, they are yet to taste victory since New Year’s Day. In fact, they have taken just two points from the nine games they’ve played since the turn of the year.
Darren Ferguson: “They have a competitive team and there’s a good blend of experience and youth, their main threat from last time we played them is suspended in Charlie Wyke, but there’s still a lot of options up top for them.
“They made a change in manager recently, they had a tough period over December and January and it’s never nice to see another manager lose his job, but Simon Grayson has a great record in this division.
“Games like these create a great atmosphere, understandably you’ll have some games where the crowd get the players going, and others where it’s the other way around, but when there’s an edge to a derby it’s easier to get everyone up for it.
“We know now that we have seven games across April, and from the Bury game it’ll essentially be a case of train, play the game, and then rest because the fixtures do come thick and fast, but we will manage it just fine.”
Glynn Snodin, Bradford assistant: “When you’re playing in front of the TV cameras, you get used to it. You have to concentrate on your players.
“If you’re not on TV regularly, and you’re coming up on Sky once every six months or so, the players might start thinking something different – I’ll try this, I’ll try that – but we just want them to keep the shape in the same system, keep them doing what we want them to do and hopefully that’ll come to the fore on Monday.”
Sky Bet promotion, relegation odds
Doncaster – 1/50 to stay up, 2/7 bottom-half finish, 11/4 to achieve a top-half finish and 12/1 to be relegated.
Bradford – 11/2 to make the playoffs, 6/1 to achieve a top-six finish, 25/1 to be promoted and 25/1 to win the play-offs.
Doncaster have not won any of their last seven home league matches against Bradford (D3 L4) since a 2-0 win in April 1981 with goals from Steve Lister and Glynn Snodin, with the latter now Bradford’s assistant manager.
The Bantams have won four of their last five matches against Donny in all competitions, losing the other in the League Cup earlier this season.
Darren Ferguson has faced Bradford nine times previously in all competitions but only two of those have been in home games – he won both of those with Peterborough in December 2007 and December 2013.
Simon Grayson has faced Doncaster in all competitions 10 times and is yet to lose against them (W5 D5).
With the managerial change that they made, I think people were predicting Bradford to be absolutely flying under Simon Grayson, but they are mid-table and taking on a Doncaster side languishing in 16th so I’ll back the visitors to win this one. Bradford are still looking to get in the playoffs, Donny now, you’d think, will be looking at consolidation.
Prutton predicts: 1-2 with James Coppinger to score first (150/1 with Sky Bet)
Don’t miss the Sky Bet League One clash between Doncaster and Bradford on Monday evening, live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Mix from 7.30pm.