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BIG MATCH PREVIEW | WIGAN ATHLETIC (AWAY)

17 November 2017

Following three successive games at the Northern Commercials Stadium, it is back on the road this weekend for Stuart McCall's men as they travel to Wigan Athletic for their latest Sky Bet League One fixture.

The Bantams will be understandably keen to bounce back in the right way at the DW Stadium on Saturday following the disappointment of the loss to Plymouth Argyle last time out.

For opponents Wigan, Saturday's game will be their first league fixture in three weeks due to the Emirates FA Cup and their game at Rochdale last weekend being postponed because of international call-ups.

Currently sitting second in League One, Wigan boast an impressive home record so far this season.

The Latics have yet to taste defeat on home soil during the first three months of the campaign, with only Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers taking points off Paul Cook's side at the DW Stadium.

Wigan have also claimed six consecutive clean-sheets at home in the league in recent weeks.

Despite these eye-catching figures for the Latics though, McCall's men will travel to the DW Stadium with genuine belief.

The Bantams have only lost once away from home so far this season and have already secured noticeable victories at Peterborough United and Milton Keynes Dons.

With City's ability to dictate play in midfield via the likes of Jake Reeves and Nicky Law, plus their combination of power and pace in attacking areas, there is also the notion that the open spaces of the magnificent DW Stadium pitch might play into the Bantams' strengths.

Team News

Wigan Athletic
Latics manager Paul Cook is expected to stick mainly with the same side that began their last league game three weeks ago for the visit of City this Saturday.

Michael Jacobs is likely to be fit to start despite struggling recently with a thigh problem.

As well as double-checking on the fitness of Jacobs, Cook must also decide on whether to play Ivan Toney or Will Grigg up top in Wigan's main attacking role.

With Cook tending to favour a 4-2-3-1 formation, former Manchester United playmaker Nick Powell is set to once again start in the 'number ten' role just behind either Toney or Grigg.

Sam Morsy and Max Power are currently seen as Wigan's chosen midfield two, meaning former Bantams loanee Lee Evans is likely to be named on the bench.

Evans, who recently earned his first cap at senior level for Wales, spent the vast majority of the 2015/2016 campaign on loan to City from parent club Wolves.

Nathan Byrne - the former Swindon player who once scored a hat-trick against City on the opening day of the 15/16 season, is likely to begin at right back for Wigan on Saturday.

Latics duo Christian Walton and Shaun MacDonald are both currently recovering from broken legs.

Veteran defender Chris Morgan is also sidelined at present.

Bradford City
Bantams boss Stuart McCall must decide on whether to make changes to his side following last weekend's Plymouth defeat.

After coming off the bench during the Plymouth fixture, Tyrell Robinson, Dominic Poleon and Alex Gilliead will all be pushing for starting berths at the DW Stadium.

Omari Patrick and Shay McCartan will be looking to get back into the match-day squad after missing out last time out against Plymouth.

Timothee Dieng is definitely sidelined for this Saturday, however, as the Frenchman continues to recover from a hamstring problem.

Adam Chicksen remains a long-term absentee with a thigh injury.

Ticket Details
Match ticket information for this Saturday's game can be found HERE.

Away Fans' Guide
Some relevant match-day information for City supporters making the journey to the DW Stadium on Saturday (HERE).

Five Points
A look at five possible talking points ahead othis Saturday's match (HERE).

Presser Headlines
A look at the main headlines from Stuart McCall's pre-match Wigan press event (HERE).

Match Officials:
The full list of match officials for this Saturday's game at the DW Stadium (HERE).

Head-to-Head
A look at the two sides' recent records ahead of this Saturday's game the DW Stadium (HERE).

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet!
City supporters can back the Bantams for success this Saturday away at Wigan Athletic with Sky Bet!

Stuart McCall's side are currently priced at 9/2 to defeat Wigan at the DW Stadium.

The Bantams are also priced at 12/1 to beat Wigan by a 1-0 scoreline.

Charlie Wyke is available at 6/1 to opening the scoring, while Romain Vincelot can be backed at 4/1 to score at anytime during the game.

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

There is currently 77 separate betting markets open for this game.

Please note, odds are subject to change.

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

Full audio match commentary of the Wigan 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.

Subscribers of iFollow Bantams will now actually be able to hear post-match interviews from Stuart McCall and his players directly after the game via the extended audio match-day service.

New for this season, iFollow subscribers outside the UK and Ireland will also be able to watch LIVE coverage of the match as it happens!

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

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 Wigan game.
 
iFollow Bantams - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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