Date: 9th November 2017 at 9:38am
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You know what, I actually think the draw in the cup against this weekend’s opponents is actually quite a good draw, I’ll take on a struggling team in the same division than any team in a division below and I don’t think we could have wished for a better draw, but don’t let me cast disrespect on Argyle, because no matter how bad a team are doing in their respective division, it doesn’t mean we are guaranteed 3 points automatically as I’m sure Chelsea did a few weeks ago against Palace.

R’guile over Argyle
Don’t look too much into the midweek loss against Rotherham United because all the work was done before Tuesday even broke light. Thanks to a couple of cup games our form looks a little bit more positive than it did a couple of weeks ago, but even our dip in form is a far cry of 2 wins from the last 17 games for Plymouth Argyle, 1 of those a narrow hard fought 1-0 victory over Grimsby in the FA Cup at home. Their form is bad with their leading scorer in all competitions, Graham Carey on a massive 4 goals, 3 of which in league action and another 2 players have scored as many as 2 all season in the league. When it comes to City playing against poor teams, I am never confident as traditionally we give them 3 points out of pity, but this weekend I expect a hard fought game and 3 points coming to Valley Parade.

Whoa, take ‘er easy there, Pilgrim.
I’ve followed City since the 80s and 1 thing I’ve learned, don’t shoot a gift horse in the mouth, let alone look in it. The number of times we play a team that haven’t won for about a decade, or gone years without scoring, lo and behold, as soon as they come to Valley Parade, that streak ends for 1 weekend only. Plymouth at this stage are cert favourites to go down and looking through their squad it is hard to see where they can win games. But I’ve seen it countless times, even in the Premiership we beat some of the best teams about then we lose to the worst. I can’t see the Pilgrims winning this game 1 iota, but I can see City throwing it away in the 2nd half. Argyle have 2 wins in their last 3 games and unbeaten in 5. So don’t be too surprised to see the Pilgrims head back to Devon with a point or 3.

Head to head and form
14 Bradford City wins
20 Chesterfield wins
14 draws

I was a little surprised to see Argyle getting the better hand over the years. In our last 4 encounters we both have a single home win, the other 2 games ending as draws. The last fixture at Valley Parade City won 1-0 in November 2012, the season we got promoted, the goal coming from Gary Jones. The last Pilgrim win in Bradford came in November 1993, the season they got the double, the score 1-5 thanks to Andy Comyn, Dwight Marshall x3 and Kevin Nugent whilst Alan Nicholls conceded an own goal to put City on the score sheet. City returned the favour the following season with exactly the same score line away we were dished up that day.

Bradford City last 6 LWWWLDL
Plymouth Argyle last 6 WDWDDL
Bradford City last 6 home LWWLDW
Plymouth Argyle last 6 away WDLLDL

Argyle are unbeaten in their last 5, but so far this season in 20 games they have lost 10 and won only 3 whereas City have won 12 and lost 6 in 21 games. History may be on the side of the Pilgrims, but form is on the side of the Bantams this season. Argyle have achieved 1 away win since the start of April but more recently a more solid form in their last 6 games overall. City really should have this game in the bag, so you would think.

Boz’s match verdict: Home Win

5 Fun Facts

1. The most expensive Plymouth player has to be current Celtic loanee Nadir Ciftci who cost the Scottish club £1.5m 2 years ago from Dundee United. Ciftci has represented the Netherlands U17 but from 2011 has decided to represent his nation of birth, Turkey by playing for their U21 team.

2. Plymouth Argyle was leading the 4th division table going into the final game of last season, only needing to match the result of both Doncaster and Portsmouth. Due to an away draw for the Pilgrims, Portsmouth knocked the Devonshire club off the top perch after 13 minutes into the last round of league games. Argyle ended up as runners up due to an inferior goal difference to Pompey, both finishing on 87 points.

3. Plymouth may be the longest journey for City fans this season of 392 miles, but think of the poor Pilgrims having to make the journey twice in a matter of weeks, 2 round trips totalling 1568 miles. Depending on the route, that is over 24 hours driving none stop especially if going via the M1. Guess that’s why they call them the Pilgrims.

4. Plymouth may be having a tough season this season, but current manager Derek Adams has won promotion 3 times, twice with Ross Co. in 2008 and in his 2nd spell in 2012 and last season with Plymouth, won the Scottish Challenge Cup in 2006 again with Ross Co and in 2011/12 voted PFA Scotland Manager of the year.

5. Did you know that the ship on Plymouth Argyle’s crest is the Mayflower. It is only 3 years shy of 400 years since the Mayflower transported the religious group, the Pilgrims from the docks of Plymouth to the ‘new world’, hence where the club’s nickname comes from.

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