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BIG MATCH PREVIEW - SOUTHEND UNITED (A)

18 November 2016

SOUTHEND UNITED (AWAY) - Sky Bet League One, Saturday 19 November 2016, Kick Off: 3.00pm, Roots Hall

The Bantams make the long journey south to Southend United this weekend for their latest fixture in Sky Bet League One.

Following last Saturday's 4-0 victory over Rochdale - a result that returned City to second place in the table - Stuart McCall's men are bound to travel to Roots Hall in understandably high spirits.

Hosts Southend will be full of confidence themselves, however, after defeating Bury 4-1 at Gigg Lane last time out.

The result extended Southend's recent unbeaten league run to five games, a sequence that includes their 1-1 draw with City at the Northern Commercials Stadium just last month.

Team News

Southend United
Blues boss Phil Brown will have to decide whether to bring Jason Demetriou and Anthony Wordsworth back into his side after the pair missed last Saturday's big win at Bury.

Demetriou has returned following international duty with Cyprus while Wordsworth is back available after suspension.

Southend will check on the fitness of Anton Ferdinand (calf) and Nile Ranger (groin) but both are expected to be fit to feature.

Should Ranger be passed fit, the former Newcastle United striker will be hoping to continue his attacking partnership with Simon Cox after the pair netted three of Southend's four goals at Bury.

David Mooney remains sidelined with a foot injury and Ryan Inniss is ruled out following recent surgery on a dislocated shoulder.

Bradford City
Bantams boss Stuart McCall will have Colin Doyle available to him once again after the goalkeeper missed the Rochdale win last weekend while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

Mark Marshall and Billy Clarke are both expected to travel despite picking up minor knocks during the Rochdale victory last weekend.

Haris Vuckic sat out the Rochdale game with a foot injury but he has returned to training this week and is likely to make up part of City's travelling party to Southend.

Vincent Rabiega is sidelined with a slight groin strain, however, while Tony McMahon is scheduled to return to full training on Monday following a recent thigh problem.

Previous Visits
Many City supporters will have fond recent memories of Roots Hall after the Bantams secured their spot in the play-offs last season thanks to a 1-0 win over the Shrimpers back in April.

Lee Evans' first half winner meant City couldn't be caught in the top six with one game of the regular league campaign still to be played.

City's previous trip to Southend before that came in December 2012 just days after their sensational League Cup victory over Arsenal. 

Leading by two goals going into the final stages of the game, the Bantams looked set for victory but two late efforts from Southend, including an injury time Gavin Tomlin leveller, snatched a share of the spoils for the hosts.

Virtually a year earlier, City did manage to secure the win thanks to a late goal of their own. Giant defender Luke Oliver swooping to fire home inside the box with two minutes of normal time remaining to grab a 1-0 victory.

Southend's most recent home win over City came in April 2011 when the Shrimpers swept the Bantams aside 4-0.

Last Time Out

Southend United 4 (Ranger 9, 61, Cox 12, McLaughlin 76)
Bury 1 (Vaughan pen 20)
Sky Bet League One
Saturday 12 November 2016

Southend United starting line up: Oxley; White (O'Neill 36), Ferdinand (Sololik 79), Thompson, Coker; Atkinson, Timlin, Leonard, McLaughlin; Ranger (Fortune 81), Cox

Subs not used: Smith, McGlashan, Bridge, King

(Southend's previous home game, at the end of October, was a 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town).

Southend's last five in the league (from left to right): W - D - W - D - W

Match Official: ANDY WOOLMER
This Saturday's match will be the nineteenth Mr Woolmer has took charge of this season.

The Northamptonshire-based referee has officiated mainly in the Championship during the 2016/2017 campaign so far.

His previous City game came back in December 2014 when the Bantams defeated Dartford 4-1 at Valley Parade in the FA Cup second round.

City kit colours: CLARET & AMBER/AMBER/AMBER

Ticket News
City supporters will be able to pay on the day at Roots Hall for this Saturday's match, although prices will increase from the advertised pre-match admission prices.

The match-day admission prices will be:


Adults - £25.00

Seniors - £18.00  (Over 60s)   

Students - £17.00  (Must have valid ID)

17-20 year-olds - £17.00

Junior U16s - £12.00

Under 8s - £5.00

 

Disabled fans will be asked to pay £17.00. They will also be entitled to a free carer ticket.


Stadium address

Southend United FC
Roots Hall Stadium
Victoria Avenue
Southend-on-Sea
Essex
SS2 6NQ

Southend United's visitor guide can be found HERE.

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they play away at Southend United this Saturday.

 

.9/4 to pick up all three points against the Shrimpers at Roots Hall. The draw is currently priced at 23/20McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at

 

 to score the opening goal.11/1, while Mark Marshall is also currently at 11/2The Bantams can be backed to win 1-0 at

 

 to net again at anytime throughout the match.15/2After scoring in two of City's last three league games, Timothee Dieng is

.www.skybet.com City fans can place their bets for the Southend 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 Southend United this Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from Roots Hall via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage  

 

Full audio match commentary of the Southend 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 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 at Southend.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE



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