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BIG MATCH PREVIEW - SHEFFIELD UNITED (HOME)

21 October 2016

SHEFFIELD UNITED (HOME) - Saturday 22 October 2016, Sky Bet League, Northern Commercials Stadium, kick off 3:00pm.

Derby fixture? Got that. Bumper crowd expected? There certainly is. Managers and players coming up against former clubs? Plenty. Oh, and two teams right at the top end of League One going head-to-head? That's for sure.

Whichever way you look at it, Saturday's eagerly-anticipated match with Yorkshire neighbours Sheffield United at the Northern Commercials Stadium certainly ticks a lot of boxes. 

The Bantams' encounter with Chris Wilder's Blades arguably sees among two of the biggest clubs in League One facing up to each other.

Only one point and two places separate City in second and United in fourth in the current league table.

The South Yorkshire side are unbeaten in their last nine league games, winning seven of them including their two most recent fixtures by an aggregate score of seven goals to nil.

Blades boss Wilder spent a season with City back in 1997/98 while McCall enjoyed five successful campaigns as a player and a coach at Bramall Lane.

On top of the managerial links, there could be as many as five players coming up against a former side when the two teams meet for kick off at 3:00pm.

Team News

Bradford City
City boss Stuart McCall will be forced into making at least one change to his starting XI after it was confirmed that Marc McNulty will be ineligible to play this weekend.

McNulty, who opened the scoring for City on Tuesday against Southend with his first goal for the club, has been refused permission to play on Saturday against his parent club.

James Meredith will be given as late as possible to prove his fitness after missing the Southend draw with an ankle injury.

Tony McMahon is expected to return to full training on Monday following a recent thigh problem.

Sheffield United
Barring any last minute illness or injury, United chief Chris Wilder is expected to name the same side that began Tuesday's win over Shrewsbury Town.

If so, that would mean a return to Valley Parade for United defender Jake Wright.

Wright, who moved to Bramall Lane from Oxford this summer, came through the ranks at City but only made one senior appearance for the club.

Former Bantams loanee Reece Brown is also currently in United's squad.

Jack O'Connell could be available again to Wilder this weekend after recent illness but Leon Clarke remains sidelined with a foot problem.

Previous Encounters
City have hosted United on three previous occasions since their promotion up into League One just over three years ago.

The Bantams' most recent home game with the Blades resulted in an entertaining 2-2 draw last season in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

James Meredith and Devante Cole helped City into a two-goal advantage but an unfortunate own goal from Meredith and an equaliser from Billy Sharp helped to secure a share of the spoils for the visitors.

With Sky Sports in the stadium once again, United came out on top against ten-man City in the 2014/2015 encounter.

Stephen Darby was dismissed just after half-time for a second bookable offence and United took full advantage.

Bob Harris fired the Blades into the lead later in the half before McNulty raced clear with time running out to seal the victory with a confident finish.

City's most recent home victory over the South Yorkshire side came back in 2013 when a goal in each half from Nahki Wells confirmed a 2-0 win.

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 (21 October 2016). Adult tickets bought on match-day will cost £25.00.

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

Last Time Out

Sheffield United 3 (Sharp 46, 66, Lafferty 63)
Shrewsbury Town 0
Sky Bet League One
Tuesday 18 October 2016

SHEFFIELD UNITED (3-4-1-2): Moore; Basham, Ebanks-Landell, Wright; Freeman (Brown 89), Fleck, Coutts, Lafferty; Duffy (Whiteman 83); Sharp, Done

Subs not used: Ramsdale, Hussey, Scougall, Lavery, Chapman

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

MATCH OFFICIAL: Jon Moss

Experienced match official Jon Moss has been selected to take charge of this Saturday's Yorkshire derby.

Mr Moss has officiated seven games so far this season, all of which have been in the Premier League.

The 46 year-old has been a regular in the top flight for the past four years.

He was the referee for the 2015 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Aston Villa.

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

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

 

.21/10 to pick up all three points against the Blades at the Northern Commercials Stadium. The draw is currently priced at 13/8McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at

 

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

 

 to score at anytime throughout the match.5/1Nicky Law is

.www.skybet.com City fans can place their bets for the Sheffield United 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 Sheffield United fixture via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage 

 

Full audio match commentary of the Sheffield United 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 following the Sheffield United game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE



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