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BIG MATCH PREVIEW - NORTHAMPTON TOWN (H)

22 November 2016

NORTHAMPTON TOWN (H), Tuesday 22 November 2016, Sky Bet League One, Northern Commercials Stadium, kick off 7:45pm

The Bantams welcome Northampton Town to the Northern Commercials Stadium in the Sky Bet League One this Tuesday evening on what is expected to be an emotional night for many associated with Bradford City.

City and Northampton will be looking to use Tuesday's fixture as an opportunity to bounce back following weekend defeats for both teams. 

Ahead of the game itself, the club will pay tribute to legendary former striker Bobby Campbell. 

Campbell, City's all-time greatest ever goal-scorer, sadly passed away last week.

Team News

Bradford City
Bantams boss Stuart McCall says he will give striker Billy Clarke every chance to prove his fitness after the Irishman missed Saturday's loss at Southend United with a calf problem.

In his pre-match press interviews, McCall admitted that he has a couple of other injury doubts going into the game and that he hasn't ruled out the prospect of making changes for the visit of Northampton.

Tony McMahon returned to full training this week after a troublesome thigh problem, with the defender expected to feature in Wednesday's reserves fixture with Rotherham United.

Northampton Town
Cobblers defender Zander Diamond is set for a spell on the sidelines after fracturing his cheekbone during Saturday's derby defeat at home to Peterborough United.

As a result, Gabriel Zakuani is expected to partner Lewin Nyatanga in central defence for Northampton at Valley Parade.

Striker JJ Hooper has returned to parent club Port Vale for treatment after a recent thigh strain.

Former Bantam Paul Anderson is set to make his first visit back to the Northern Commercials Stadium since leaving City towards the start of this season.

Northampton boss Rob Page, a former colleague of McCall at Sheffield United, could be tempted into changes after back-to-back defeats in the league.

Alfie Potter and Kenji Gorre, plus goalkeeper David Cornell, are all in contention for possible starting berths against City.

Previous Meetings
This Tuesday's encounter will be the first match between City and Northampton since the Bantams' memorable League 2 play-off final victory at Wembley back in May 2013.

First half goals from Nahki Wells, Rory McArdle and James Hanson helped City cruise past Northampton at the home of English football, securing the Bantams' promotion into League 1 in the process.

City's Wembley meeting with Northampton was one of five separate encounters with the Cobblers during the 2012/2013 campaign - two of them coming on home soil for the Bantams.

A vital 1-0 win for City late on in the regular season helped with the Bantams' play-off push. 

Earlier in the season, City secured their spot in the second round of the FA Cup thanks to a penalty shoot-out victory over the Cobblers after an entertaining 3-3 draw in a first round replay.

The Bantams won 2-1 when Northampton visited Valley Parade in October 2011 while a penalty for each side resulted in a 1-1 draw six months earlier.

A Gareth Evans double in 2010 netted City victory in their final home game of season as the club commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Valley Parade fire disaster.

Northampton's most recent victory in BD8 came in 2007 when a late Kenny Deuchar goal claimed the win for the Cobblers.

Last Time Out

Peterborough United 1 (Forrester 90+2)
Northampton Town 0 
Sky Bet League One
Saturday 19 November 2016

Northampton Town: Smith, Moloney, Diamond (Zakuani 25), Nyatanga, Buchanan, O'Toole, Taylor, Anderson, McCourt (Beautyman 80), Hoskins, Revell

Subs: Cornell, Richards, Gorre, Potter, Hanley

Northampton's previous away fixture

Northampton Town 1 (O'Toole 36)
Gillingham 2 (Ehmer 48, Emmanuel-Thomas 90+2)
Sky Bet League One
Saturday 12 November 2016

Northampton Town's last five in the league (from left to right) - L - L - W - W - L

Match Official: CHRISTOPHER SARGINSON
Mr Sarginson already has seventeen first team matches in the middle under his belt this season so far.

His most recent game was Eastleigh's shock 3-1 victory at Swindon Town in the Emirates FA Cup. 

The last time the Staffordshire-based official took charge of a City fixture was the Bantams' victory at Fleetwood Town on Boxing Day 2014.

Bobby Campbell

Ahead of Tuesday's game, the club will pay tribute to the life and career of Bobby Campbell. 


Campbell, City's current all-time top-scorer, sadly passed away last week. City's players and management will wear black armbands during Tuesday's game.


There will be a special video montage showing on the big screen from 7:30pm onwards while there will also be a minute's applause just before kick off. Members of Bobby's family will be present pitch-side.


For Tuesday night’s game, a special commemorative programme marking the highlights of Bobby Campbell’s career will be published as well.  


Programme sellers will be outside the stadium at every entrance or just inside the turnstiles, if it’s raining. Programmes, subject to demand, will also be made available inside the stadium at half-time.


Stadium Access
All of the necessary pre-match stadium access details for Tuesday's fixture can be found HERE.


Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they entertain Northampton Town this Tuesday evening.

 

.12/5 to pick up all three points against the Cobblers at the Northern Commercials Stadium. The draw is currently priced at 10/11McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at

 

 to score the opening goal.5/1, while Billy Clarke is also currently at 7/1The Bantams can be backed to win 2-0 at

 

 to score at anytime throughout the match.9/2Nicky Law is 

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

 

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

 

Please note, all odds are subject to change.

 

For those unable to get to the Northern Commercials Stadium this Tuesday evening, City supporters can follow live updates from the Northampton Town fixture via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage   

 

Full audio match commentary of the Northampton match can be found via Bantams Player HD. Join Pulse 2's Jason Thornton and Chris Cooper, plus a member of Stuart McCall's playing squad, 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 Northampton game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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