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BIG MATCH PREVIEW | SOUTHEND UNITED (HOME)

27 April 2018

After Tuesday's victory over Milton Keynes Dons, Simon Grayson's Bantams return to the Northern Commercials Stadium on Saturday (28 April 2018) for their penultimate home fixture of the season against Southend United.

The midweek win against MK Dons means that City still have a mathematical chance of qualifying for the end-of-season play-offs with three matches of the regular league campaign to go.

Grayson's men head into this Saturday's encounter unbeaten in their last four matches.

They have also won three out of their last four fixtures on home soil.

Despite, in theory, having nothing but pride to play for, opponents Southend head into this weekend's game at Valley Parade in good form.

The Shrimpers are twelfth in the league after two impressive victories in recent days.

Southend defeated MK Dons last weekend 4-0 at Roots Hall. They then backed that up with a 3-0 success at Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night.

Team News

Bradford City
Tyrell Robinson is expected to be miss out again due to a shoulder injury picked up earlier this month.

Jake Reeves (groin) and Alex Jones (ankle) are ruled out for the season, while Ryan McGowan (knee) is also expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign.

Southend United
Shrimpers boss Chris Powell could look to make changes despite Tuesday's convincing victory at Oldham.

Michael Kightly and Marc-Antoine Fortune could earn recalls, but experienced defensive duo Ben Coker (hamstring) and Michael Turner (thigh) are expected to be miss out.

Goalkeeper Ted Smith (shoulder) and former Bantams loanee Rob Kiernan (knee) are also likely to be sidelined for the trip to Valley Parade.

Earlier this season

Saturday 16 December 2017
Sky Bet League One
Southend United 1 (Ranger 75)
Bradford City 2 (Poleon 9, Wyke pen 90)

SOUTHEND UNITED LINE UP:
Oxley, Demetriou, White, Turner, Coker, Wright, Leonard (s/o 89), Timlin (McGlashan 69), McLaughlin, Ranger (Ba 86), Wordsworth (Fortune 63)

Subs not used: Bishop, Yearwood, Kyprianou, Wabo

BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Sattelmaier, McMahon, Knight-Percival (Thompson 59), Kilgallon, Robinson, Gilliead, Vincelot, Law, Taylor (Reeves 46), Poleon (McCartan 77), Wyke

Subs not used: Raeder, Dieng, Hendrie, Patrick

Previously at the Northern Commercials Stadium

Tuesday 18 October 2016
Sky Bet League One
Bradford City 1 (McNulty 36)
Southend United 1 (Wordsworth 54)

BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Doyle, Darby, Vincelot, Knight-Percival, Kilgallon, Marshall, McNulty (Hiwula 71), Law, Cullen (Hanson 70), McArdle, Vuckic (Morais 81)

Subs not used: Sattelmaier, N Clarke, Dieng, B Clarke

SOUTHEND UNITED LINE UP:
Oxley, Demetriou, Ferdinand, Thompson, Coker, Atkinson, Leonard, Wordsworth, McLaughlin (McGlashan 68), Cox (Mooney 81), Ranger (Fortune 88)

Subs not used: Smith, King, White, Inniss

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

Win The Shirt Off My Back
City's match-day raffle returns this Saturday. For more information on how to win the Man of the Match's actual match-worn shirt from the Southend game, please click HERE.

Bucket Collection
Volunteers will be in position in and around the ground on Saturday to help with a bucket collection for the PSBRU (Bradford Burns Unit). For more information on the club's memorial plans for this season's final home matches, please click HERE.

Banqueting Changes
Details of changes to be made in the hospitality areas for Saturday's fixture - 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.

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

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

Charlie Wyke is available at 4/1 to opening the scoring, while Nathaniel Knight-Percival can be backed at 13/2 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 Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Southend United 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 Southend 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 Saturday's match.

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

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