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BIG MATCH PREVIEW | MILTON KEYNES DONS (HOME)

24 April 2018

Simon Grayson's Bantams return to action this Tuesday (24 April 2018) when they welcome Milton Keynes Dons to the Northern Commercials Stadium.

This Tuesday's encounter kicks off a run of three successive home matches for Grayson's men in the space of just eight days.

The Bantams will be hoping that the triple header of matches at the Northern Commercials Stadium will give them a real opportunity to make a positive impact on the league standings going into their final match of the season at Scunthorpe United in eleven days' time.

Following the draw at Rochdale on Saturday, Grayson's men will also be aiming to extend their recent three-game unbeaten run.

City were originally due to host MK Dons early last month but the game had to be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Opponents MK Dons will head to Valley Parade under new leadership after previous boss Daniel Micciche was sacked following a 4-0 loss away to Southend United at the weekend.

The defeat left MK Dons still firmly inside the Sky Bet League One relegation zone with just three matches of their league campaign left to be played.

Sadly for MK Dons - who will now be led by Micciche's former assistant Keith Millen for those three games - they could actually be relegated at Valley Parade on Tuesday night.

Should the Dons fail to win against the Bantams and the results in matches involving Oldham Athletic and Rochdale on the same evening also go against them, then their relegation down to League Two will be confirmed. 

Team News

Bradford City
Callum Guy could be back in contention for this Tuesday's fixture after missing the weekend draw at Rochdale due to a knee injury.

Tyrell Robinson is expected to be sidelined once again, however, as the club continue to look into his shoulder injury.

Jake Reeves (groin) and Alex Jones (ankle) have both been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to recent operations.

Ryan McGowan is also unlikely to feature again this season as he remains on the road to recovery from a knee injury.

Milton Keynes Dons
New caretaker boss Keith Millen could look to make changes to the MK Dons side in his first game in charge, as City's visitors aim to bounce back from Saturday's heavy loss at Southend United.

Scott Golbourne, Kieran Agard and Robbie Muirhead - all of whom started at Southend from the bench - could be given recalls on Tuesday night by Millen.

First choice goalkeeper Lee Nicholls is expected to miss the rest of the season with a hand injury, meaning fellow shot-stopper Wieger Sietsma is likely to deputise in goal once again.

Previously at the Northern Commercials Stadium

Tuesday 28 February 2017
Sky Bet League One
Bradford City 2 (McMahon pen 22, Wyke 43)
Milton Keynes Dons 2 (O'Keefe 4, Williams 35)

BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Doyle, McMahon, McArdle, Knight-Percival, Meredith, Gilliead, Cullen, Vincelot, Law, B Clarke (Jones 59), Wyke

Subs not used: Sattelmaier, Toner, Marshall, Dieng, Hiwula, Devine

MILTON KEYNES DONS LINE UP:
Martin, Walsh, Downing, Lewington, Baldock, Upson, Barnes, O'Keefe, Muirhead (Aneke 65 (Potter 86)), Maynard (Agard 65)

Subs not used: Nicholls, Ngombo, Bowditch, Reeves

Earlier this season

Saturday 7 October 2017
Sky Bet League One
Milton Keynes Dons 1 (Ebanks-Landell 45+1)
Bradford City 4 (Vincelot 11, Wyke 18, 71, Taylor 82)

MILTON KEYNES DONS LINE UP:
Nicholls, Williams, Ebanks-Landell, Wootton, Lewington, Upson, Tshibola (s/o 5), Gilbey, Agard (Aneke 46), Sow (Nesbitt 78), Ariyibi (Muirhead 86)

Subs not used: Sietsma, Walsh, Seager, McGrandles

BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Doyle, McMahon (Hendrie 62), Knight-Percival, Kilgallon, Chicksen, Gilliead, Reeves, Vincelot, Law, Poleon (Taylor 78), Wyke (Jones 86)

Subs not used: Raeder, Dieng, Field, Patrick

Tickets
Supporters can find out match ticket details for this game. Please click HERE.

Manager's pre-match thoughts
Watch sections of Simon Grayson's pre-match interview below:

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


Match Officials
Ben Toner is set to be this Tuesday's match referee. Mr Toner, who was also scheduled to take charge of the original fixture back in March, has officiated thirty-two games so far this season, mainly in Sky Bet League One and League Two. His most recent game in the middle involving City came back in December 2016 when he took charge of the 1-1 draw away at Walsall. The two assistant referees on Saturday will be Andrew Hendley and Alf Greenwood. The fourth official is set to be Gary Hilton.

Win The Shirt Off My Back
City's match-day prize raffle to return this Tuesday - your chance to win the Man of the Match's actual match-worn shirt! Please click HERE for more details.

Back the Bantams
City are currently priced at 13/10 to defeat MK Dons at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

The Bantams are also priced at 10/1 to beat MK Dons by a 2-0 scoreline.

Alex Gilliead is available at 17/2 to opening the scoring, while Kai Breunker can be backed at 2/1 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 Northern Commercials Stadium on Tuesday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Milton Keynes Dons 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 MK Dons 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 Simon Grayson and the 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 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 Tuesday's match.

The official website, Twitter and Facebook pages will also have post-match reaction from the City camp following the MK Dons game.
 
iFollow Bantams - HERE
Match Centre - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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