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BIG MATCH PREVIEW - COVENTRY CITY (AWAY)

10 March 2017

vs COVENTRY CITY (AWAY) - Saturday 11 March 2017, Sky Bet League One, kick off 3:00pm

The Bantams travel to Coventry City this Saturday to face the Sky Blues in their latest Sky Bet League One fixture.

Stuart McCall's men will head to the Ricoh Arena - arguably one of the most impressive stadiums in League One - looking to build on last weekend's hard-fought home victory over Peterborough United.

McCall's players will come against a Coventry side who are currently bottom of the division, although they will undoubtedly be boosted by the arrival of new manager Mark Robins at the start of the week.

Team News

Coventry City
Midfielder Andy Rose is expected to sit out this weekend's match after being forced off during last weekend's goalless at Shrewsbury Town with concussion.

Rose had to be stretchered off at the Greenhous Meadow after an accidental clash of heads with team-mate, and former Bantams defender, Nathan Clarke early on in the match.

It is understood that Rose also suffered a knee injury during the same collision - a problem that could bring a premature end to his season.

Portuguese play-maker Ruben Lameiras could be back in contention for the visit of the Bantams after recently suffering a concussion of his own.

Former Everton and Portsmouth striker Yakubu has been struggling with a hamstring injury of late and the Nigerian striker may miss out again.

Bradford City
Bantams boss Stuart McCall says Nicky Law will once again miss out this weekend due to a knee injury.

Law missed his first league game of the season against Peterborough United last weekend after jarring his knee in recent draw with MK Dons.

Stephen Darby, who has been sidelined for City's last two games, is expected to return to the squad, however, following a nerve problem in his arm.

McCall isn't likely to have any other fitness issues to contend with ahead of the Coventry trip, with Matthew Kilgallon (shoulder) and Reece Webb-Foster (knee) remaining on the long-term injury list.


Last Time Out

at the Greenhous Meadow
Coventry City 0
Shrewsbury Town 0
Sky Bet League One
Saturday 4 March 2017

COVENTRY CITY: Burge, Kelly-Evans, Clarke, Turnbull, Haynes, Bigirimana, Rose (Stevenson 20), Reilly, K Thomas (Jones 73), Beavon, G Thomas

Subs not used: Charles-Cook, Vernam, Reid, Gadzhev, Rawson


Previous Encounters
The Bantams ran out 3-1 winners over Coventry City when the two sides met for the first time this season back in August at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

Following a bright start from the visitors, A Daniel Agyei goal gave Coventry the advantage at the break. 

Two Tony McMahon penalties and a stunning strike from Mark Marshall in the second half, however, turned it around for Stuart McCall's men.

City's last trip to the Ricoh Arena came as recently as last April towards the end of the 2015/2016 campaign. 

Coventry ran out narrow 1-0 winners in the Tuesday night fixture, with Sky Blues substitute Andy Rose getting the vital goal shortly after coming on.

The Bantams' only other trip to the Ricoh Arena was also on a Tuesday evening, this time in March 2015.

Frank Nouble gave the hosts the lead shortly before the break but a fine second half free-kick from Mark Yeates (pictured above) earned City a 1-1 draw.

Tickets
City's ticket office have now sold out of their allocation of match tickets for this Saturday's fixture. 

Bantams fans will be able to pay on the day at Coventry's Ricoh Arena, however. This will be for at the turnstilesCASH ONLY .

Admission prices are:

Adults: £22.00   
Seniors (60 years-old +): £15.00   
Young Adult (18-21 years-old): £15.00   
Juniors (Under 18s): £10.00

Disabled fans will be asked to pay the age related amount from this list. They will also be entitled to a free carer subject to receiving DLA or PIP at the mid or high level.


Away Fans' Guide
Your guide to this Saturday's trip to the Ricoh Arena - HERE.

Head-to-Head
A look at the two sides' recent records ahead of this Saturday - HERE.

Five Things
Five possible talking points to look out for ahead of this Saturday's match - HERE.

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

Manager's View

Mark Robins: "It isn’t insurmountable, we need to believe we can put better performances in, and inspire change for the better. I’m really pleased that I’ve been given the opportunity again."

Stuart McCall: "We can only focus on ourselves. It (Mark Robins' appointment) will probably lift them but it certainly won't change what we want to do in the game and how we will approach it."


Match Official: JOHN BROOKS
Mr Brooks is taking part in his first season as an EFL referee.

His most recent match in the middle came last Saturday when Walsall secured a 2-0 home win over Oldham Athletic.

This Saturday's game will be the first City fixture Mr Brooks will have taken charge of.

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they travel to Coventry City on Saturday.

 

.23/10 to pick up all three points against the Sky Blues at the Ricoh Arena. The draw is currently priced at 19/20McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at

 

 to score the opening goal against his former club.16/1, while Romain Vincelot is also currently at 7/1The Bantams can be backed to win 2-0 at


Following his match-winner against Peterborough United last time out, Alex Jones is 2/1 to score at anytime throughout the match.

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

 

There are as many as 71 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 Ricoh Arena on Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Coventry City fixture via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage             

 

Full audio match commentary of the Coventry 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 Coventry game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE



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