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BIG MATCH PREVIEW - GILLINGHAM (HOME)

3 February 2017

GILLINGHAM (HOME) - Saturday 4 February 2017, Sky Bet League One, Northern Commercials Stadium, kick off 3:00pm

After three successive away trips and two matches (following last week's postponed Oxford game), Stuart McCall's Bantams return to home soil this Saturday to entertain Gillingham at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

City go into the encounter boosted by the arrival of four deadline day signings - Charlie Wyke, Matthew Penney, Jacob Hanson and Kevin Toner - plus the prospect of a bumper home crowd after the game was designated as the club's #BantamsFamily fixture.

Opponents Gillingham head to Valley Parade sitting currently seventeenth in the League One table, five points above the drop zone.

The Gills appointed Ady Pennock as their new manager at the start of last month following the dismissal of previous boss Justin Edinburgh.

Pennock's three games in charge so far have ended in two draws and a defeat, with the most eye-catching result coming in their last away match when the Gills held Sheffield United to a 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane.

Team News

Bradford City
New striker Charlie Wyke will be pushing hard for a place in Stuart McCall's match-day squad after completing his move from Carlisle United on Tuesday's transfer deadline day.

Fellow new recruits Matthew Penney, Jacob Hanson and Kevin Toner are also in contention to be involved in McCall's plans for the visit of Gillingham.

Tony McMahon, Alex Jones and Alex Gilliead are all available after being ineligible for Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy tie at Oxford United, although Jones will need to be assessed pre-match due to a hip problem.

Nathaniel Knight-Percival (ankle) is also a doubt and will to be checked over as well by City's physios ahead of Saturday.

Matthew Kilgallon is definitely sidelined with a long-term injury after surgery on a damaged pectoral muscle last weekend.

Gillingham
Former Bantams midfielder Billy Knott won't be making a return to Valley Parade this weekend after completing a loan move to Lincoln City this Thursday.

Gillingham brought in Bournemouth duo Harry Cornick and Joe Quigley on loan until the end of the season on Tuesday's transfer deadline day.

The Gills also recently brought in former QPR and Oldham Athletic attacker Josh Parker on a short-term deal.

Chris Herd could come back into contention for the visitors after missing last Saturday's draw at home to Shrewsbury Town due to concussion.

Bradley Garmston is also pushing for a start after making his return from injury as a second half substitute during the Shrewsbury fixture.

Lee Martin (ankle) and Aaron Morris (knee) remain sidelined.

Previous Encounters
City's first match with Gillingham this season at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium back in September ended in a 1-1 draw.

Cody McDonald fired the Gills into the lead in the first period but Jordy Hiwula equalised for City later in the half.

Gillingham were successful on their most recent trip to the Northern Commercials Stadium towards the start of the 2015/2016 campaign.

James Hanson netted the opener for City in the first half but a Luke Norris strike and an unfortunate own goal by Hanson after the break gave Gillingham a 2-1 win.

Before that, the two previous City vs Gillingham encounters at Valley Parade both finished 1-1 in 2014/2015 and 2013/2014 campaigns respectively.

Last Time Out

Shrewsbury Town (Rodman 63)
Gillingham 1 (Oshilaja 45)
Sky Bet League One
Saturday 28 January 2017

GILLINGHAM LINE UP: Nelson, Jackson, Ehmer, Oshilaja, Konchesky, Wright, Wagstaff, Hessenthaler, List (Garmston 72), Dack (Emmanuel-Thomas 90), McDonald (Donnelly 90)

Subs not used: Holy, Knott, Osadebe, Byrne

Gillingham's previous five (from left to right): D - D - L - L - L

#BantamsFamily Fixture
The Saturday's game has been designated City's official #BantamsFamily fixture. This means reduced ticket prices in certain sections of the ground and a number of fun activities ahead of kick off.

Please click HERE for further details on the ticket offer. Reduced tickets are priced at £10.00 adults and £1.00 for juniors in Blocks E & G of the Northern Commercials Stand.

Subject to availability, tickets will be on sale up until kick off (3:00pm) on Saturday. 

For supporters purchasing online (please click HERE), please use the following instructions:

Customers purchasing online need to log in using their customer number (last five digits only) and go to ‘Home Games’ then select Gillingham.

 

Go to Option 1 'Select Your Own Seat' and then onto the East Stand, (bottom one). Select Block G (extreme left), and choose the available seats you wish to buy to put them in the basket.

 

To change the price band, use the drop down menu accessed by the little black arrowhead in the Adult box and select either, GILLS ADULT or GILLS JUNIOR, then click on Update Basket and this will change the prices.


Normal home match ticket details can be found HERE.

The lads will also be wearing the limited edition fourth strip for this game.

Stadium Access
Information regarding stadium access for this Saturday's game, including turnstile arrangements, can be found HERE.

Banqueting Security Information
Information regarding security procedures for the banqueting areas at the Northern Commercials Stadium for this Saturday's fixture can be found HERE.

Match Official: RICHARD CLARK
Mr Clark will be taking charge of his sixteenth match of the 2016/2017 campaign.

The referee last officiated a City game back in October 2015 when the Bantams drew 1-1 with Wigan Athletic at Valley Parade.

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they host Gillingham this Saturday.

 

.11/4 to pick up all three points against the Gills at the Northern Commercials Stadium. The draw is currently priced at 4/6McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at 

 

 to score the opening goal.4/1, while new boy Charlie Wyke is also currently at 6/1The Bantams can be backed to win 2-0 at


After netting his first goal in Bradford colours last weekend at Oldham, skipper Romain Vincelot is 6/1 to score at anytime throughout the match.

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

 

There are as many as 69 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 Gillingham fixture via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage          

 

Full audio match commentary of the Gillingham 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.


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 Gillingham game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE



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