Rory McArdle and Matthew Kilgallon will begin in defence, the duo both starting their first league game of the season tonight.
Kilgallon is scheduled to replace the injured James Meredith at left back.
McArdle's appearance at centre half is expected to allow skipper Romain Vincelot to move up into central midfield for the first time this campaign.
Up front, Haris Vuckic will support Marc McNulty in attack.
Nathan Clarke and the fit-again James Hanson are both named among City's substitutes for the game.
|BRADFORD CITY||SOUTHEND UNITED|
|1. Colin Doyle||1. Mark Oxley|
|2. Stephen Darby||3. Ben Coker|
|4. Nicky Law||4. Anthony Wordsworth|
|6. Romain Vincelot (c)||5. Adam Thompson|
|7. Mark Marshall||10. Simon Cox|
|14. Josh Cullen||11. Stephen McLaughlin|
|18. Marc McNulty||12. Will Atkinson|
|19. Haris Vuckic||18. Ryan Leonard|
|22. Nathaniel Knight-Percival||24. Jason Demetriou|
|23. Rory McArdle||35. Anton Ferdinand (c)|
|26. Matthew Kilgallon||50. Nile Ranger|
|12. Rouven Sattelmaier (GK)||22. Ted Smith (GK)|
|5. Nathan Clarke||2. John White|
|8. Timothee Dieng||9. David Mooney|
|9. James Hanson||14. Marc-Antoine Fortune|
|10. Billy Clarke||16. Adam King|
|11. Jordy Hiwula||17. Jermaine McGlashan|
|20. Filipe Morais||33. Ryan Inniss|