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BIG MATCH PREVIEW - AFC WIMBLEDON (HOME)

21 April 2017

vs AFC Wimbledon, Saturday 22 April 2017, Sky Bet League One, Northern Commercials Stadium, kick off 3:00pm

Stuart McCall's Bantams entertain AFC Wimbledon at the Northern Commercials Stadium this Saturday in City's final home league match of the regular campaign.

Following a busy Easter weekend, the Bantams know they need just one more point from their final two league games to confirm a place in the end-of-season play-offs.

Back on home soil at the Northern Commercials Stadium at the weekend - a place City have obviously done so well at this season - McCall's side will understandably be keen to get that positive result against Wimbledon.

In their first ever season in the third tier, Wimbledon have equipped themselves well and look set for a commendable mid-table finish.

The Dons are currently just two points off the top half of the table and they will be motivated by the prospect of a top-twelve finish in their maiden campaign at League One level.


Team News

Bradford City
City boss Stuart McCall says the Bantams picked up no new injuries following Monday's loss at champions Sheffield United.

Matthew Kilgallon and Alex Gilliead are both scheduled to make a return to full training next week following recent injury, although there is no confirmed date at the moment when they will be available for selection again.

AFC Wimbledon
Dons skipper Barry Fuller is sidelined for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

Tom Elliott has been missing in last few weeks due to a hamstring problem.

Midfielders Andy Barcham, Dean Parrett and Tom Soares all returned to action over the Easter weekend after injury.

Fellow midfielder Alfie Egan could claim a starting berth at Valley Parade after signing a new contract during this week.

Goalkeeper Joe McDonnell could keep his place in the side after featuring twice over Easter due to illness affecting regular custodian James Shea.


Last Time Out


Monday 17 April 2017
Sky Bet League One
AFC Wimbledon 0
Peterborough United 0


AFC WIMBLEDON: McDonnell, Sibbick, Charles, Robinson, Kelly, Francomb (Bulman 80), Reeves, Soares, Barcham (Parrett 75), Taylor, Barnett (Poleon 72)

Subs not used: Bursik, Nightingale, Fitzpatrick, Egan


Tickets
Supporters are respectfully reminded that they are able to purchase adult tickets for the Wimbledon fixture at the Northern Commercials Stadium for the pre-match rate up until close of business the day before the game.

City fans can buy their adult Wimbledon match tickets from the club's ticket office for only £20.00 if they purchase them before 5:00pm on Friday (21 April).

Home adult tickets are priced at £25.00 on match-days, meaning a saving of £5.00 per ticket for City supporters if they purchase pre-match!

Tickets can be bought in person at the ticket office or online - please click HERE.

Supporters can find out more information about home match tickets for this season by clicking HERE.

Banqueting Changes

There is a high level of interest from supporters in the banqueting areas for Saturday's game which means that all of the McCall Suite will be allocated to diners attending the game.  


Regular patrons of the McCall Suite can move to the Hendrie Suite, 2013 Suite or Legends Suite when they arrive at the stadium.  


All banqueting patrons can, of course, step up to the banqueting option and take the three-course meal at a supplement if they so wish (please contact the Club if you wish to upgrade to the dining option).


We hope that regular patrons of the McCall Suite will appreciate that it is important that the Club maximises all available income streams and we thank in advance every supporter in the banqueting areas for their co-operation with this change to procedure for Saturday’s home game.


Minute's Silence

Given that this Saturday's game is City's last home match of the regular league season, the Club will be holding its traditional one minute's silence ahead of kick off to honour those affected by the 1985 Valley Parade fire disaster. The minute of silence will also give supporters the opportunity to remember any fellow fans we may have lost over the last twelve months or so.


Lap of Appreciation

After the match, City's players and coaching staff will take part in a lap of appreciation around the pitch at the Northern Commercials Stadium, thanking fans for their tremendous support this season. This can only happen, however, if supporters stay off the pitch after the final whistle of the game.


Head-to-Head
A look at the two sides' recent records - HERE

Five Talking Points
Some of the main talking points going into Saturday's game - HERE

Stadium Access
Important match-day information for fans heading to Saturday's game - HERE


Match Official: JOHN BUSBY
In his first season as a referee in the EFL, Mr Busby has officiated thirty-one games at league level so far this campaign.

He has yet to referee a Bradford City match. 


Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

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

 

.3/1 to pick up all three points against the Dons at the Northern Commercials Stadium. The draw is currently priced at 8/5McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at

 

 to score the opening goal.9/2, while Alex Jones is also currently at 5/1The Bantams can be backed to win 1-0 at


After scoring for City at Wimbledon earlier this season, Jordy Hiwula is 13/8 to score at anytime throughout the match.

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

 

There are as many as 71 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 on Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from the AFC Wimbledon fixture via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage             

 

Full audio match commentary of the Wimbledon 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 coming days.


On top of all that, Bantams Player HD subscribers can get interviews, action, previous encounters and highlights as well in the build up to Saturday's match.


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 Wimbledon game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE




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