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BIG MATCH PREVIEW - GILLINGHAM (A)

11 August 2017

Stuart McCall's Bantams travel to Gillingham this Saturday (12 August 2017) for their first away match of the new 2017/2018 Sky Bet League One campaign.

The trip to Gillingham is set to be one of City's longest of the season but McCall's men will travel there in high spirits after collecting a win in their season opener last weekend against Blackpool.

Even the midweek defeat to Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup included a number of positives, with strikers Dominic Poleon and Alex Jones opening their account for the season.

For opponents Gillingham, Saturday's game will their first home match of the season.

The Gills followed up a goalless draw at Doncaster Rovers on the opening day with a 2-0 loss at Reading in the Carabao Cup.

City's visit to Gillingham last season ended in a 1-1 draw in a match also played fairly early into the campaign.

Cody McDonald gave the hosts an early lead in the September fixture but Jordy Hiwula levelled for the Bantams later in the first period.

Team News

Gillingham
Billy Bingham (foot) and Alex Lacey (knee) will be assessed pre-match to see if they will have any chance of being involved at the weekend.

Luke O’Neill received a knock on Tuesday evening but should recover while Lee Martin (knee) is also due to feature having received stitches after last weekend’s game at Doncaster.

Mark Byrne and Gabriel Zakuani will be looking to return to the Gills' starting XI.

Byrne was an unused substitute midweek, while Zakuani was rested.

Bradford City
Two former Gills - Romain Vincelot and Adam Chicksen - will both miss out on a trip to one of their old clubs.

Chicksen misses out with a fractured cheekbone, while Vincelot begins a three-match suspension.

Charlie Wyke (hamstring) is also still ruled out.

Shay McCartan is back in contention, however, after sitting out in midweek as a precaution due to a tight hamstring.

Paul Taylor made his competitive debut for City off the bench against Doncaster on Tuesday night and is likely to be included in the squad again.

The duo will now do battle with the likes of Alex Jones, Dominic Poleon and Omari Patrick for a place in City's attack.

Match Officials:

Referee - John Busby
Assistant Referee 1 - Carl Fitch-Jackson
Assistant Referee 2 - Samuel Lewis
Fourth Official - Nicholas Cooper

Ticket Details:
Please click HERE for information regarding tickets for this fixture.

Away Fans' Guide:
Click HERE for a guide to match-day at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

Five Things:
Click HERE for five possible things to look out for ahead of this Saturday's match.

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet!
City supporters can back the Bantams for success this Saturday against Gillingham with Sky Bet!

McCall's side are currently priced at 1/1 to defeat Gillingham at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

Dominic Poleon is also available at 11/2 to opening the scoring, while Omari Patrick can be backed at 3/1 to score at anytime during the game.

Fans can place their bets now with Sky Bet by clicking HERE.

There is currently 71 separate betting markets open for this game.

Please note, odds are subject to change.

Coverage
For those unable to get to the MEMS Priestfield Stadium on Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Gillingham game via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.           

Full audio match commentary of the Gillingham match can be found via iFollow Bantams. Keep up to date with BBC Radio Leeds' Tim Steere for match action and reaction from the game.

Post-match interviews from McCall and his players, plus extended match highlights over the coming days, is also available via iFollow.

For the first time ever, iFollow subscribers outside the UK and Ireland will also be able to watch LIVE coverage of the match as it happens!

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

The official website, Twitter and Facebook pages will also have post-match reaction from the City camp following the Gillingham game.

iFollow Bantams - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE


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