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BIG MATCH PREVIEW | SHREWSBURY TOWN (HOME)

12 April 2018

Simon Grayson's Bantams return to the Northern Commercials Stadium this Thursday night looking to make amends after their disastrous afternoon at Blackpool last weekend.

The 5-0 loss at Bloomfield Road on Saturday will have dented the pride of City's players, and Grayson will be demanding a positive response from his group when Shrewsbury arrive at Valley Parade.

Opponents Shrewsbury come into Thursday's televised game currently sitting third in the Sky Bet League One table, with only promotion favourites Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic above them in the league.

Under the leadership of Paul Hurst, Shrewsbury have already produced a memorable campaign of massive over-achievement compared to their efforts of last season.

After narrowly avoiding relegation at the end of the 2016/2017 campaign, the Shrews have now amassed an incredible 81 points so far this time around and already claimed at least a play-off spot.

Despite those impressive figures, though, Hurst's men have only collected one point from their last two away games - both coming against relegation-threatened duo Northampton Town and Rochdale.

Shrewsbury also lost out to League Two side Lincoln City at Wembley Stadium in the Checkatrade Trophy Final last Sunday.

Thursday's match for the Bantams will be their first at home since their hard-fought success over Gillingham last month.

A repeat of that result, and the lung-bursting efforts shown on the day, would certainly be welcomed by Grayson and his staff.

With the live television cameras in town, the Shrewsbury's fixture will also be City's third league match to be shown on Sky Sports in less than four weeks.

Team News

Bradford City
Matthew Lund could be back in contention for the Bantams after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Romain Vincelot is battling to prove his fitness after suffering a nasty cut on his knee during last Saturday's defeat at Blackpool.

Sadly, Vincelot isn't the only squad member nursing a knock from the Blackpool fixture, with a couple of players expected to need pre-match fitness tests ahead of Thursday's game.

Jake Reeves (groin) and Ryan McGowan (knee) continue on their road to recovery, while Alex Jones is hoping to make progress from a troublesome ankle problem.

Shrewsbury Town
Former Bantams defender Luke Hendrie could come back into the side for the visitors after being cup-tied for last Sunday's Checkatrade Trophy Final.

Aristote Nsiala is likely to be included in Shrewsbury's back four after playing at Wembley in a mask to protect a fractured cheekbone he picked up at Rochdale nearly two weeks ago.

Shrews midfielder Abu Ogogo will miss out, however, after injuring his knee in training recently.

Defender Junior Brown has been sidelined for most of this season with a knee injury and is expected to miss the rest of the campaign.

Earlier this season

Saturday 25 November 2017
Sky Bet League One
Shrewsbury Town 0
Bradford City 1 (Nsiala OG 55)

SHREWSBURY TOWN LINE UP:
Henderson, Nsiala, Beckles, Bolton, Sadler (John-Lewis 90), Godfrey (C Morris 73), Whalley, B Morris, Nolan, Rodman, Payne

Subs not used:
MacGillivray, Riley, Dodds, Gnahoua, Adams

BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Sattelmaier, McMahon, Knight-Percival, Kilgallon, Hendrie, Gilliead, Vincelot, Reeves, Law (Robinson 54), Wyke, Taylor (Thompson 76)

Subs not used: Raeder, Poleon, McCartan, Pybus, Patrick

Previously at the Northern Commercials Stadium

Saturday 8 October 2016
Sky Bet League One
Bradford City 2 (Law 21, Vuckic 90+6 pen)
Shrewsbury Town 0

BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Doyle, Darby, Vincelot, Knight-Percival, Meredith, Marshall, Law, Dieng, Morais (Devine 67), B Clarke (Vuckic 88), Hiwula (McNulty 79)

Subs not used: Sattelmaier, N Clarke, McArdle, Kilgallon

SHREWSBURY TOWN LINE UP:
Leutwiler, Grimmer, El-Abd, Lancashire, Riley, Ogogo, Black (Mangan 90+1), Brown (Sadler 71), O'Brien (Sarcevic 46), Toney, Waring

Subs not used: Halstead, Leitch-Smith, El Ouriachi, Ebanks-Blake

Tickets
Information on how to purchase home match for this season can be found - HERE.

Win The Shirt Off My Back
The Club's prized raffle which gives supporters the chance to claim the Match of the Match's actual match-won shirt will return this Thursday night. Information on the raffle can be found HERE.

#TweetYourSeat
We’d like to give you the opportunity to become more involved with the Bantams on match days, by seeing yourself appear on the big screen at half-time! Find out more - HERE.


Match Officials

This Thursday's televised encounter will be officiated by David Webb. The referee has already taken charge of thirty-eight matches so far this season, mainly in Sky Bet League One. Three of those matches this campaign have involved the Bantams - the away matches at Bury and Wigan Athletic, plus the home game with Bristol Rovers. The two assistant referees at the Northern Commercials Stadium on Thursday will be Graeme Fyvie and Neil Sharp. The fourth official is scheduled to be Michael Salisbury.


The Parader

Thursday's cover-star for the Shrewsbury Town edition of 'The Parader' will be Dominic Poleon. The striker gives an in-depth interview to the match-day magazine, while he also answers a selection of fans' questions sent in via social media. Also included in the programme, Adam Chicksen speaks about his recent time away on international duty with Zimbabwe and Romain Vincelot gives his honest assessment after the Blackpool defeat.

Manager's Pre-Match Thoughts
City boss Simon Grayson spoke with iFollow Bantams ahead of Thursday's match with Shrewsbury.

Supporters can watch a section of the interview below:

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

Season Tickets
2018/2019 Season Tickets will be on sale from the ticket office in the build-up to kick off. Please click HERE for further details on Season Tickets.

Supporters can purchase 2018/2019 Season Tickets online - HERE

Back the Bantams
City supporters can back the Bantams for success at home to Shrewsbury Town with Sky Bet!

City are currently priced at 12/5 to defeat Shrewsbury at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

The Bantams are also priced at 7/1 to beat Shrewsbury by a 1-0 scoreline.

Tyrell Robinson is available at 12/1 to opening the scoring, while Kai Bruenker can be backed at 5/2 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 Northern Commercials Stadium on Thursday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Shrewsbury Town 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.     

iFollow Bantams provides supporters with a great way to follow Thursday's Sky Bet League One game against Shrewsbury Town.                             

UK-based fans who cannot get to Valley Parade can listen to our live audio commentary, with BBC Radio Leeds' Tim Steere and former City defender Wayne Jacobs on hand to provide analysis of the game.

There is also access to exclusive video content, such as pre and post-match press interviews and extended highlights.

A monthly pass costs just £4.49 and lasts for 30 days from the date of purchase.

Overseas supporters will unfortunately not be able to watch this game live, however, as it has been selected for live TV coverage.

If you are experiencing any problems with iFollow, please email iFollow@efl.com or use the chat button (Speech bubble icon) in the bottom right corner of our home page.

For more information on iFollow Bantams and how to subscribe to the service, please click HERE.

The official website, Twitter and Facebook pages will also have post-match reaction from the City camp following the Shrewsbury game.

iFollow Bantams - HERE
Match Centre - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE


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