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BIG MATCH PREVIEW - CHARLTON ATHLETIC (H)

9 December 2016

CHARLTON ATHLETIC (H) - Saturday 10 December 2016, Sky Bet League One, Northern Commercials Stadium, kick off 3:00pm

The Bantams return to league action this Saturday with their final home match before Christmas against Charlton Athletic at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

Following Wednesday's win over Cambridge United in the Checkatrade Trophy, Saturday's encounter with Charlton will be City's first fixture in Sky Bet League One for two weeks after having last weekend off due to the Emirates FA Cup.

Opponents Charlton picked up seven points out of nine recently under caretaker boss Kevin Nugent, including a 5-1 win over Bristol Rovers in their last away game.

New boss Karl Robinson is in charge of the Addicks now though, with the former MK Dons manager set for his first league game in charge of Charlton at Valley Parade.

Team News

Bradford City
City boss Stuart McCall has confirmed that Billy Clarke will definitely miss out on Saturday's encounter with Charlton due to an on-going calf problem.

McCall hopes Clarke will be back in action at some point in the next two weeks.

Tony McMahon is expected to be involved in the Bantams' match-day squad, however, after making a successful return from injury during Wednesday's victory over Cambridge.

Vincent Rabiega is ruled out due to illness but McCall is likely to have the rest of his group available to him for selection for the visit of Charlton.

Charlton Athletic
The Addicks are expected to have no new injury worries for this Saturday but are still scheduled to be without five players for the trip north.

Goalkeeper Declan Rudd will remain sidelined with a hip problem while Ricky Holmes is still out with a long-term foot injury.

Right back Chris Solly has returned to training following a knee injury but this Saturday is likely to come too soon for the defender.

Midfielder Johnnie Jackson is another player making progress back from injury but he too isn't expected to be involved at the weekend.

Ahmed Kashi is out with an Achilles injury.

Previous Visits
The last time the two sides met at the Northern Commercials Stadium came back in April 2001 when both City and Charlton were together in the Premier League.

The Bantams came out on top in most recent meeting between the two clubs, with second half goals from Robbie Clarke and Benito Carbone helping to secure a 2-0 victory.

City boss Stuart McCall actually played in that match for the Bantams.

The Bantams have, in fact, won the last three encounters on home soil thanks to two 1-0 victories previous to that Premiership success.

One in particular, coming in May 1997, went a long way to securing City's spot in the old Division One. Nigel Pepper netted the all-important goal on that occasion to claim the win for City against Charlton. 

Just a few days later, Pepper would score twice again, this time at home to QPR, as the Bantams clinched a 3-0 win and survival in the last game of the season.

Charlton's last victory at Valley Parade was a 3-0 success over City back in January 1990.

Last Time Out

Milton Keynes Dons 0
Charlton Athletic 0
Emirates FA Cup Second Round
Saturday 3 December 2016

CHARLTON ATHLETIC (4-4-2): Phillips; Konsa (Teixeira 30), Bauer, Pearce, Fox; Botaka (Novak (90+1), Crofts, Ulvestad, Lookman; Magennis, Ajose (Hanlan (90+1)

Subs not used: Chicksen, Johnson, Aribo, Beeney

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

Ticket News
Match tickets for Saturday's fixture will be available from the ticket office at the Northern Commercials Stadium right up until kick off (3:00pm) - please click HERE for more information.

Supporters can purchase adult tickets at the pre-match rate of £20.00 up until 5:00pm this Friday (9 December 2016). Adult tickets bought on match-day will cost £25.00.

Stadium Access
Turnstile, stadium access and security information for this Saturday's match can be found by clicking HERE.

Match Official: MARK HAYWOOD
Mr Haywood has taken part in eighteen games already this campaign, his most recent coming last Saturday when Rochdale won away at Carlisle United in the Emirates FA Cup.

He took charge of two City games last season - the club's away match at Sheffield United and their EFL Cup tie with York City.

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

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

 

.12/5 to pick up all three points against the Addicks at the Northern Commercials Stadium. The draw is currently priced at 19/20McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at

 

 to score the opening goal.22/1, while Timothee Dieng is also currently at 15/2The Bantams can be backed to win 2-0 at

 

 to score at anytime throughout the match.9/2Fresh from his goal in midweek, Nicky Law is 

.www.skybet.com City fans can place their bets for the Charlton 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 Saturday afternoon, City supporters can follow live updates from the Charlton Athletic fixture via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage   

 

Full audio match commentary of the Charlton match can be found via Bantams Player HD. Join Pulse 2's Jason Thornton and Jon Francis, plus City striker Billy Clarke, 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 weekend.


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 Charlton game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE



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