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BIG MATCH PREVIEW | BLACKPOOL (AWAY)

6 April 2018

Following Easter Monday's postponed home fixture with Walsall, Simon Grayson's Bantams are now scheduled to kick off their final full month of the regular league campaign with a trip to Blackpool this Saturday (7 April 2018).

Backed by over 2,000 City supporters, Grayson's men will travel to Bloomfield Road looking to kick start their push for an end-of-season play-off berth.

City may have a number of competitors above them currently in the race for a top six spot, but with games in hand and plenty of action still to come this month, Grayson's squad will be confident of getting themselves right back in the mix if they can get on a winning run.

The Bantams will naturally be keen to get such a run started at the weekend against the Tangerines.

In their first season back in League One following promotion via the play-offs last May, Blackpool will be hoping to claim a mid-table finish for the 2017/2018 campaign.

The Seasiders are currently placed in sixteenth position in the table, five points off the relegation zone with six matches left in their league schedule.

Like City's previous away fixture at Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool are another club with links to City's manager.

Grayson finished his playing days at Bloomfield Road before taking his first steps into management with the Tangerines.

The Bantams boss actually secured promotion up into the Championship for Blackpool back in 2007 thanks to a play-off final success over Yeovil Town.

Team News

Blackpool
Right back Kelvin Mellor is expected to miss out once again due to an ankle injury.

Striker Mark Cullen is back in contention, however, after making a return from injury as a late substitute in Blackpool's 2-1 loss at Oldham Athletic on Easter Monday.

Cullen, who previously enjoyed a brief loan spell with the Bantams earlier in his career, was sidelined for seven months of the campaign with a troublesome hamstring problem.

Bradford City
Matthew Lund (hamstring) and Tyrell Robinson (groin) have an outside chance of returning to the match-day squad.

Alex Jones continues to receive treatment on an ankle problem, while Jake Reeves and Ryan McGowan also remain sidelined.

Paul Taylor is set to miss the trip to Bloomfield Road for personal reasons.

Earlier this season

Saturday 5 August 2017
Sky Bet League One
Bradford City 2 (Knight-Percival 41, Patrick 59)
Blackpool 1 (Daniel 43)

BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Doyle, McMahon, Knight-Percival, Kilgallon, Chicksen (Dieng 23), Law, Vincelot, Reeves, Patrick, McCartan (Poleon 79), Jones (Devine 80)

Subs not used: Sattelmaier, Gilliead, Pybus, Hudson

BLACKPOOL LINE UP:
Allsop, Robertson, Tilt, Aimson, Turton, Daniel, Ryan, Cooke (Gnanduillet 83), Vassell (Solomon-Otabor 70), Cullen (Osayi-Samuel 69), Delfouneso

Subs not used: Williams, Taylor, Clayton, Longstaff

Previously at Bloomfield Road

Saturday 27 February 2016
Sky Bet League One
Blackpool 0
Bradford City 1 (Reid 54)

BLACKPOOL LINE UP:
Doyle, White, Aldred, Aimson (s/o 90+4), Robertson, McAlister (Paterson 78), Potts, Yeates (Redshaw 79), Norris, Cullen (Ikpeazu 62), Philliskirk

Subs not used: Lyness, Herron, Ferguson, Boyce

BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Williams, Darby, McArdle, Burke (N Clarke 84), Meredith, McMahon, Cullen, Evans, Reid, Thomas (Davies 66 (B Clarke 89)), Hanson

Subs not used: Cracknell, Knott, Marshall, Leigh

Tickets
City have now SOLD OUT of their full allocation of tickets for this match - approximately 2,200 tickets.

Blackpool will, however, be making a small selection of extra tickets - roughly 250 - available to City supporters on the day.

These pay-on-the-day tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Kit Colours
The Bantams will wear their second strip of claret and navy at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.

Away Fans' Guide
Take a look at some relevant match-day information for those City supporters making the journey to Blackpool on Saturday afternoon - HERE.


Match Officials

This Saturday's encounter at Bloomfield Road will be officiated by Anthony Backhouse. In his first season at EFL level, Mr Backhouse has taken charge of thirty games so far during the 2017/2018 campaign. Three of those fixtures have involved City - the home match with Doncaster Rovers, the Emirates FA Cup tie against Chesterfield and the league game at Oldham Athletic. The two assistant referees at Bloomfield Road will be Simon Clayton and Paul Newhouse. The fourth official this Saturday is scheduled to be Kevin Mulraine.

Manager's Pre-Match Thoughts
City boss Simon Grayson spoke to iFollow Bantams ahead of Saturday's match at Blackpool.

Supporters can see snippets of the pre-match interview below:

The FULL video interview with Grayson can be found on iFollow Bantams - HERE.

Back the Bantams
City supporters can back the Bantams for success at Blackpool with Sky Bet!

City are currently priced at 12/5 to defeat Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

The Bantams are also priced at 15/2 to beat Blackpool by a 1-0 scoreline.

Charlie Wyke is available at 9/2 to opening the scoring, while Omari Patrick can be backed at 7/2 to score at anytime during the game.

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

Please note, odds are subject to change.

Coverage
For those unable to get to Bloomfield Road on Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Blackpool game via the club's official website, plus Facebook and Twitter pages.      

City's Facebook and Twitter pages will include game updates on match-day, while the 'Match Centre' on the official website will give supporters all the stats, news and in-game action.     

Full audio match commentary of the Blackpool 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.

Video post-match interviews from Simon Grayson and his players, plus extended match highlights over the coming days, are 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 Blackpool game.
 
iFollow Bantams - HERE
Match Centre - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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