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BIG MATCH PREVIEW - SCUNTHORPE UNITED (AWAY)

25 March 2017

vs SCUNTHORPE UNITED (AWAY), Sunday 26 March 2017, Sky Bet League One, Glanford Park, Kick off 12:30pm

The Bantams will make the journey east to Humberside on Sunday to face fellow promotion hopefuls Scunthorpe United in front of the Sky Sports cameras at Glanford Park.

City head into the game in good form, winning four out of their last six matches, including last Saturday's dramatic victory at home to Swindon Town.

After keeping pace at the top end of the table for most of the season, Scunthorpe's own recent form has dipped slightly, with the Iron only winning one of their last eleven matches.

Stuart McCall's men will undoubtedly be ready for a backlash, however, wary that Scunthorpe will be keen to reignite their season in front of a live national audience.

Team News

Scunthorpe United
Iron left back Conor Townsend could return to Scunthorpe's squad after recently recovering from a groin injury.

Kevin van Veen (hamstring) and Sam Mantom (ankle) will both miss out, while Matt Crooks is set to undergo a fitness test this weekend on a foot injury.

Bradford City
City 'keeper Colin Doyle is likely to keep his place in goal for the Bantams after flying back from international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

Josh Cullen is expected to miss out at Glanford Park, however, should he feature in Ireland's U21s fixture with Kosovo this Saturday.

Nicky Law will be assessed in the build up to the Scunthorpe game after missing City's last four games with a knee injury.

Alex Gilliead (hamstring), Matthew Kilgallon (shoulder) and Reece Webb-Foster (knee) all remain sidelined. 

Ellis Hudson will also miss out after suffering a mild concussion in midweek while playing for the reserves. 

James King has moved to Harrogate Town on loan until the end of April.


Last Time Out

Saturday 18 March 2017
Sky Bet League One
Oxford United 2 (Lundstram 52, Nelson 90+1)
 
Scunthorpe United 1 (Madden 12)
SCUNTHORPE UNITED:
Daniels, Clarke, Wallace, Mirfin (Davies 90+3), Toffolo, Ness, Morris, Dawson (Adelakun 83), Bishop, Madden, Hopper (Toney 62)

Subs not used: Anyon, Wiseman, Holmes, Goode



Previous Encounters
The Bantams and Scunthorpe drew 0-0 in front of a bumper crowd at the Northern Commercials Stadium on Boxing Day earlier this season.

City were victorious on their most recent trip to Glanford Park, winning 2-0 back in November 2015 thanks to a Tony McMahon penalty and a well-worked goal from Greg Leigh.

The season before - the 2014/2015 campaign - City drew 1-1 at Scunthorpe, with Billy Clarke's strike after the break cancelling out Gary McSheffrey's first half opener for the hosts.


Tickets
Match tickets for this fixture are now NO longer on sale to City supporters.

Sunday's fixture is an ALL-TICKET game. There will be no pay on the day option at Glanford Park.

Please do not travel to the game without a valid match ticket.


Away Fans' Guide
Relevant supporter information ahead of the trip to Glanford Park - HERE.

Head-to-Head
A look at the two sides' recent records - HERE.

Five Things
Five possible things to look out for and discuss this weekend - HERE.

Minute's Silence
A reminder there will be a minute's silence ahead of Sunday's fixture - HERE

Clocks 'Springing' Forward!
Another polite reminder as well, the clocks go forward an hour over the course of Saturday night and Sunday morning this weekend. 

Club Colours
Claret & Amber/Black/Black


Match Official: DARREN DEADMAN
The experienced referee has taken charge of forty-one games so far this season, his most recent match coming between Crawley Town and Crewe Alexandra in Sky Bet League Two earlier this month.

Mr Deadman has already officiated two City games during the 2016/2017 campaign, the opening day goalless draw with Port Vale and the recent home encounter with Milton Keynes Dons.

Manager's View

Graham Alexander: "The week's preparation has certainly been a benefit because it is the first time in seven or eight weeks where we have been able to train on consecutive days. We have been able to re-focus the players’ minds on what is important. We want to see the fruits of their labour on Sunday because the players have worked extremely hard this week not just physically but mentally as well. The target is to take that work into Sunday and that the result follows from the performance.”

: "The lads have been really consistent throughout this season, and we just want to keep that going for the next seven games and see where that takes us. I've seen a few of Scunthorpe's recent games, they have been unfortunate in a couple to lose last-minute goals. We cannot focus on the opposition in terms of their previous results though, we will just be aware of any strengths and weaknesses they have. We will go into the game focused mainly on what we can do and how we can affect the game."Stuart McCall

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they travel to Scunthorpe United on Sunday.

 

.11/5 to pick up all three points against the Iron at Glanford Park. The draw is currently priced at 13/8McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at

 

 to score the opening goal.12/1, while Mark Marshall is also currently at 11/1The Bantams can be backed to win 2-0 at


Following his dramatic double against Swindon Town last weekend, Charlie Wyke is 7/4 to score at anytime throughout the match.

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

 

There are as many as 112 different betting options with Sky Bet for Sunday's game.

 

Please note, all odds are subject to change.

 

For those unable to get to Glanford Park on Sunday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Scunthorpe United fixture via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage               

 

Full audio match commentary of the Scunthorpe 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 Scunthorpe game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE



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