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BIG MATCH PREVIEW - BURY (H)

30 December 2016

BURY (HOME) - Saturday 31 December 2016, Sky Bet League One, Northern Commercials Stadium - kick off 3:00pm

The Bantams bring the curtain down on their 2016 fixtures this Saturday when they entertain Bury at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

Following their creditable draw with league leaders Scunthorpe United on Boxing Day, Stuart McCall's men will be looking to end the calendar year with victory over the Shakers.

Opponents Bury head to Valley Parade this weekend on the back of their own goalless encounter last time out following a 0-0 draw at play-off hopefuls Fleetwood Town.

That result ended a difficult stretch of twelve straight losses for the Lancashire side.

Bury were sat in second place in the league table at the end of September after a five-match winning run - a sequence that saw then-Shakers boss David Flitcroft awarded the Manager of the Month.

Unfortunately for the Gigg Lane side though, Bury have yet to secure a victory in the league since then, with the winless run costing Flitcroft his job in the middle of November.

The run of defeats has seen Bury slip from their position in the automatic spots to a less comfortable place just outside the relegation zone.

Following Flitcroft's departure, caretaker boss Chris Brass has been given the job on a permanent basis until the end of the season.

Saturday's match is, of course, part of a bumper New Year's weekend for both teams. 

After City and Bury's encounter on New Year's Eve, McCall's men will travel to Northampton Town on Bank Holiday Monday, while the Shakers will host Sheffield United on the same day.

Team News

Bradford City
Bantams striker Billy Clarke remains ruled out with a calf problem.

City boss Stuart McCall says the Irishman is making progress with his rehab work but he will definitely miss both games over the course of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Winger Filipe Morais will need to be assessed after picking up a slight strain during Monday's draw with Scunthorpe United.

Haris Vuckic is back in contention for a place in McCall's match-day squad after missing the Scunthorpe game due to a minor operation.

Bury
Shakers boss Chris Brass could have a number of senior players back available to him for his side's trip to the Northern Commercials Stadium.

Leon Barnett (calf), Zeli Ismail (knee) and Ishmael Miller (hamstring) have all been making recent progress on Bury's training ground and could feature in some part against City.

Midfielder Andrew Tutte is another who could be back in contention after a bout of illness.

Experienced striker James Vaughan missed the draw at Fleetwood due to a tight thigh but he is likely to return at Valley Parade.

Talented play-maker Danny Mayor was restricted to a role as an unused sub for the Fleetwood game after also suffering some muscle tightness, but he too is expected to be involved on Saturday.

Another injury problem for Bury at Fleetwood saw Niall Maher pull out of the warm-up, meaning Brass handing a first team debut to 16 year-old midfielder Callum Styles.

With 17 year-old defender Jacob Bedeau also in Bury's side at the Highbury Stadium, the Shakers' average age for their line up against Fleetwood was just 24.

Former Bantams duo goalkeeper Ben Williams and left back Greg Leigh are likely to be included in Bury's travelling party for the game, although Williams has been named on the bench in recent matches.

Shot-stopper Rob Lainton is expected to keep goal for the visitors this Saturday, the custodian making his second debut for Bury at Fleetwood after recently rejoining the club on a pay-as-you-play deal.

Centre half Nathan Cameron and Manchester City loanee Kean Bryan remain sidelined due to knee and thigh problems respectively.

Previous Encounters
Bury visited the Northern Commercials Stadium as recently as this October, with City running out 2-1 winners in a Checkatrade Trophy group match following first half goals from Jordy Hiwula and Haris Vuckic.

The Shakers' previous trip to Valley Parade before that also came in a cup competition. 

After a goalless ninety minutes and extra time period, Bury claimed victory on penalties in an Emirates FA Cup third round replay back in January.

Bury's most recent league encounter at Bradford ended in a narrow home victory for the Bantams in October last year. 

A first half opener from Rory McArdle was added to via an own goal from Reece Brown after the break, helping City on their way to an eventual 2-1 success.

Last Time Out

Bury 0
Fleetwood Town 0
Sky Bet League One
Monday 26 December 2016


BURY LINE UP: Lainton, Soares, Kay, Bedeau, Leigh, Burgess, Etuhu, Styles, Hope, Pope, Miller

Subs not used: Williams, Mayor, Dudley, Walker, Cooney

Bury's last five (from left to right): D - L - L - L - L

Ticket News
City supporters can pick up their discounted adult match tickets for this fixture, priced at only £20.00, anytime before 5:00pm this Friday evening. Adult match tickets will cost £25.00 on the day of the game. For further match ticket information, please click HERE.

Stadium Access
Full details of the turnstile and other stadium access procedures in place for Saturday can be found HERE.

Opening Times
A full list of the club's opening times over the festive period can be found HERE.

Match Official: ANDY HAINES
Saturday's encounter will be Mr Haines' twenty-third match of the season.

The experienced official has already taken charge of two Bradford City games so far during the 2016/2017 campaign - City's 2-1 win at Milton Keynes in August and the 1-1 home draw with Bristol Rovers a month later. 

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they entertain Bury this Saturday.

 

100/30. to pick up all three points against the Shakers at the Northern Commercials Stadium. The draw is currently priced at 4/9McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at 

 

 to score the opening goal.13/2, while Filipe Morais is also currently at 6/1The Bantams can be backed to win 1-0 at 

 

 to score at anytime throughout the match.5/2Fresh from making a return to the starting XI last time out, Tony McMahon is 

.www.skybet.com City fans can place their bets for the Bury fixture by clicking on the following link - 

 

There are as many as 69 different betting options with Sky Bet for Saturday's game.

 

Please note, all odds are subject to change.

 

For those unable to get to the Northern Commercials Stadium this New Year's Eve, City supporters can follow live updates from the Bury fixture via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage     

 

Full audio match commentary of the Bury match can be found via Bantams Player HD. Join Pulse 2's Jason Thornton and Chris Cooper for match action and reaction from the game.

 

Bantams Player HD is also the place for post-match interviews from McCall and his players, plus extended match highlights over the coming days.


Supporters can subscribe to Bantams Player HD for as little as £4.49 per month.


The official website, Twitter and Facebook pages will also have post-match reaction from the City camp following the Bury game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE


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