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BIG MATCH PREVIEW - ROCHDALE (AWAY)

29 April 2017

vs ROCHDALE, Sky Bet League One, Sunday 30 April 2017, kick off 12noon, Crown Oil Arena

Ahead of City's mouth-watering Play-Off semi-final games next week, Stuart McCall's men finish off their league campaign with a short journey across the Pennines to face Rochdale this Sunday.

The Bantams, of course, secured their spot in the top six last weekend with a convincing win over AFC Wimbledon, and hosts Rochdale could actually join City if results go their way on the final day.

Dale would need to beat City and hope rivals Millwall and Southend United both don't win to ensure they jumped into sixth place and the final play-off berth.

Coming into the game on the back of a run of four wins out of five, City, however, will have their own hopes and ambitions this Sunday.

A victory at Spotland would see the Bantams beat last season's points tally and it could also give them a chance to finish the regular league campaign in fourth or even third.


Team News

Rochdale
Dale boss Keith Hill is likely to stick with the same starting XI he named for last weekend's draw at Oldham Athletic. 

That would mean the industrious duo of Jamie Allen and Callum Camps being joined once again in midfield by the experienced Keith Keane.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Ian Henderson are also expected to support lone striker Calvin Andrew in attack from wide positions.

Should Hill wish to make any changes, however, midfielders Andy Cannon and Matthew Lund, plus attackers Peter Vincenti and Donal McDermott, are possible options.

Bradford City
The Bantams could welcome back Matthew Kilgallon and Alex Gilliead into the fold following a positive week on the training ground for the pair.

Kilgallon hasn't featured since January due to a shoulder injury, while Gilliead was sidelined back in March with a hamstring problem.

With City's place in the play-offs now secured, Bantams boss Stuart McCall could look to freshen things up at the Crown Oil Arena.

Any one of the likes of Stephen Darby, Jordy Hiwula, Billy Clarke and Timothee Dieng - all of whom started last weekend's win over AFC Wimbledon from the bench - could earn a recall against Rochdale.

Last Time Out


Saturday 22 April 2017
Sky Bet League One
Oldham Athletic 1 (Clarke 67)
Rochdale 1 (Camps 13)

ROCHDALE: Logan, Rafferty, McGahey, McNulty, Bunney (Lund 74), Allen, Keane (Cannon 60), Camps, Mendez-Laing, Henderson, Andrew (Vincenti 81)

Subs not used: Wilson, Canavan, McDermott, Rathbone

Tickets
City's allocation of tickets for this fixture has now SOLD OUT.

There will be no option to pay on the day at the ground for this ALL-TICKET fixture. Please do not travel to the stadium without a valid match ticket. 

Rochdale's ticket office also do not issue duplicate tickets either, so City fans should take every step to ensure their tickets are not lost, stolen or misplaced.


Any adult supporter with a concessionary ticket that Rochdale match-day staff believe they shouldn't be entitled to will be taken to the ticket office at the Crown Oil Arena to pay for an upgrade.


Kick Off reminder
Sunday's kick off is scheduled for 12noon - City's earliest kick off time of the season.


The Ratcliffe Bars

Rochdale's Ratcliffe Bars, situated in the main car park at the Crown Oil Arena, will be open from 9:30am on Sunday. Both home and away supporters are welcome. 


Minute's applause
Rochdale will be holding a minute's applause ahead of kick off on Sunday in honour of whose the club have lost during the course of the 2016/2017 season.


Big screen trial
Rochdale will be trialing a big screen at the Crown Oil Arena for Sunday's game. It will be situated to the right of City supporters in the away end (as you look out onto the pitch).


Charity walk to Rochdale
A number of Bradford City supporters will be walking from Valley Parade to Rochdale in the early hours of Sunday morning to raise money for young Sunderland supporter Bradley Lowerys. For more information, please click HERE.


Tour de Yorkshire
Just a quick reminder that the 'Tour de Yorkshire' cycling event will be heading through the Bradford region on Sunday morning. For more information on the exact stage route and any road closures that might affect you, please click HERE.


Away Fans' Guide
Supporters' guide to the Crown Oil Arena and its surrounding areas - HERE.

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

Five Talking Points
Five possible points of discussion this weekend - HERE.

City's kit colours - CLARET&AMBER/BLACK/BLACK


Match Official: STEPHEN MARTIN

Mr Martin has taken charge of thirty-three games so far this season, mainly in the Championship.


He has yet to officiate a City game this season. The most recent match Mr Martin has refereed involving City came on the opening day of last season when the Bantams were defeated 4-1 at Swindon Town.


Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they travel to Rochdale this Sunday.

 

.13/5 to pick up all three points against Dale at the Crown Oil Arena. The draw is currently priced at 2/1McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at 

 

 to score the opening goal.7/1, while Billy Clarke is also currently at 10/1The Bantams can be backed to win 1-0 at


After twice scoring in City's previous game against AFC Wimbledon, Tony McMahon is 9/2 to score at anytime throughout the match.

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

 

There are as many as 71 different betting options with Sky Bet for Sunday's game.

 

Please note, all odds are subject to change.


 

For those unable to get to the Crown Oil Arena on Sunday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Rochdale fixture via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage            

 

Full audio match commentary of the Rochdale 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 Sunday'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 Rochdale game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE


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