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BIG MATCH PREVIEW - SHEFFIELD UNITED (AWAY)

16 April 2017

vs Sheffield United (AWAY) - Sky Bet League One, Monday 17 April 2017, kick off 12:15pm

Following Friday's important home win over Oxford United, Stuart McCall's Bantams travel to Bramall Lane on Easter Monday for a mouth-watering Yorkshire derby with newly-crowned League One champions Sheffield United.

Bolton Wanderers' loss at Oldham Athletic on Saturday ensured the Blades now can't be caught at the top of the table, meaning a party atmosphere is likely among the home supporters for the visit of the Bantams.

City won't be in the mood to join in with the celebrations just yet though - McCall's men will head to South Yorkshire keen for the points to boost their own promotion ambitions.

United have won their last four fixtures in League One on their way to the title, but City will be able to take heart from the way they went toe-to-toe with Chris Wilder's side during the 3-3 draw at the Northern Commercials Stadium earlier this season.

Team News

Sheffield United
United boss Chris Wilder could look to make a number of changes to his side from the starting XI that began their 3-0 win at Port Vale on Friday.

With United usually lining up in a 3-5-2 formation, regular wing-backs Kieron Freeman and Daniel Lafferty both started from the bench at Vale Park.

Former Bantams striker James Hanson missed out on a place in the squad altogether for the encounter with the Valiants.

Fellow forward Caolon Lavery is definitely out, however, after picking up a knee injury towards the end of last month.

Bradford City
City chief Stuart McCall isn't expected to have any new injury issues to contend with ahead of the Bantams' trip to Bramall Lane.

Given the fact that Monday's game will be City's second match is just four days though, McCall still could look to make changes against United.

Stephen Darby, Timothee Dieng, Alex Jones and Billy Clarke are all options for McCall after the foursome started Friday's win over Oxford from the bench.

Alex Gilliead (hamstring), Matthew Kilgallon (shoulder), Reece Webb-Foster (knee) all remain out, although there is hope that Gilliead could return for City before the end of the regular league season.


Last Time Out

Friday 14 April 2017
Sky Bet League One
Port Vale 0
Sheffield United 3 (O'Shea 2, Clarke 30, Done 90+3)


SHEFFIELD UNITED: Moore, Ebanks-Landell, Wright, Basham, O'Connell, Fleck, Coutts, Done, O'Shea (Freeman 55), Sharp (Chapman 71), Clarke (McNulty 90+1)

Subs not used: Long, Duffy, Lafferty, Carruthers


Tickets
City's allocation of match tickets for this fixture have now SOLD OUT. Please do not travel to Bramall Lane without a valid match ticket - there will be no option to pay on the day at the ground.


Away Fans' Guide
Some relevant travel information for City supporters heading to Bramall Lane on Monday (HERE).

Head-to-Head
A look at the two sides' recent records ahead of Monday's match (HERE).

Five Talking Points
Five possible pointers ahead of Monday's fixture (HERE).


Match colours: BLACK/AMBER/AMBER


Match Official: PAUL TIERNEY
This Monday's match will be officiated by Paul Tierney.

The match official has taken charge of twenty-seven games so far this season, mainly in the Premier League and Championship.

Mr Tierney's most recent match in the middle was Watford's home win over West Bromwich Albion in the Premiership towards the start of the month.

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they play away to Sheffield United on Easter Monday.

 

.5/2 to pick up all three points against the Blades at Bramall Lane. The draw is currently priced at 3/1McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at

 

 to score the opening goal.11/2, while Charlie Wyke is also currently at 10/1The Bantams can be backed to win 1-0 at 


After scoring in City's previous game against Oxford United, Nicky Law is 5/1 to score at anytime throughout the match against one of his former clubs.

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

 

There are as many as 83 different betting options with Sky Bet for Monday's game.

 

Please note, all odds are subject to change.


 

For those unable to get to Bramall Lane on Monday, 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 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 Monday'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 Sheff Utd game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE


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