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FIVE THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR | BLACKBURN ROVERS (H)

17 August 2017

The Bantams will face arguably their toughest test of the new league campaign so far this Saturday when they host pre-season promotion favourites Blackburn Rovers at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

A bumper crowd is expected inside Valley Parade at the weekend for a clash of two sides tipped to be towards the top end of the table come the end of the season.

Let's take a look at five possible talking points heading into this Saturday's mouth-watering encounter with the former Premier League winners...

1. Ready for the challenge
Stuart McCall's men will face up to the side backed by the bookies over the summer months to be this season's League One champions. Blackburn are expected to bring at least 2,000 fans with them to the Northern Commercials Stadium on Saturday. The stage is set then for a fantastic atmosphere and a fantastic challenge for McCall's side.

2. Three in a row?
While opponents Blackburn have lost their opening two league games, City made it back-to-back wins at the start of the campaign with a hard-fought victory at Gillingham last Saturday. With a wealth of talent and experience in their squad, Blackburn are likely pose a huge threat to the Bantams, but City will be going all out to make it a hat-trick of victories in the league come the weekend.

3. Three in a row for Dom?
After going close on more than one occasion in the opening day win over Blackpool, Dominic Poleon has netted in both of City's two most recent matches. The striker, signed over the summer from AFC Wimbledon, is clearly in form at the moment but can he continue his good run against Blackburn on Saturday?

4. Shay back in the mix?
While Poleon is certainly on form and amongst the goals, fellow attacker Shay McCartan gave McCall a timely reminder of his abilities in midweek with a match-winning double in a development squad behind-closed-doors friendly at Wigan Athletic. Can the Northern Irish international push his way into contention for a starting berth against Blackburn?

5. Wary of a Blackburn backlash
As mentioned, Blackburn have lost their first two games of the league campaign - away to Southend United and at home to Doncaster Rovers. Having come down from the Championship last season and with a clear desire to get back up there as soon as possible, Blackburn will surely come to the Northern Commercials Stadium on Saturday looking to kick-start their season. McCall's men will be more than aware of this fact, however, and they will be looking to assert themselves on the game from the off.


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