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MATCH PREVIEW: SHREWSBURY v CITY

3 August 2018

Michael Collins' Bantams travel to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday to kick off their 2018/19 Sky Bet League One campaign.

The 3.00pm tie pits City against last season's play-off finalists in an eagerly-anticipated battle at Town's Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium.

The Bantams were 1-0 winners at Shrewsbury last season - and drew 0-0 with the Shropshire outfit on home soil.

TEAM NEWS

Shrewsbury Town

Much like City, the home side look set to field a new-look starting line-up following the arrivals of 11 new signings - under new manager John Askey.

Midfielder Anthony Grant signed from Peterborough yesterday and Askey, who joined Town from Macclesfield, has also brought goalkeeper Joel Coleman, forward Aaron Amadi-Holloway and winger Alex Gilliead to the club.

Defender Kieran Kennedy has followed his manager from Macclesfield and midfielders Doug Loft, Charlie Colkett, Josh Laurent and Fejiri Okenabirhie are also in contention to feature, after recently arriving at the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium.

Bradford City

Michael Collins has a total of 15 new signings in the frame ahead of tomorrow's season opener.

A near brand-new starting 11 is expected to feature, led by recently-named club captain Josh Wright - who arrived at the Northern Commercials Stadium back in May.

City's new No.9, Eoin Doyle, could make his first City appearance, along with fellow recent additions - including Sean Scannell, Jack Payne, Joe Riley, George Miller and Hope Akban.

Vice-captain Anthony O'Connor and goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell look set to make their competitive debuts, in addition to Sherwin Seedorf and Connor Wood.

Danny Devine, Cameron Hawkes, Jake Reeves and Alex Jones are sidelined through injury and will play no part this weekend.

LAST TIME OUT

Saturday 25 November 2017

Sky Bet League One

Shrewsbury Town 0

Bradford City 1 (Nsiala 55' (OG))

BRADFORD CITY LINE-UP:

R Sattelmaier, M Kilgallon, N Knight-Percival, T McMahon, L Hendrie, R Vincelot, N Law (T Robinson, 54'), A Gilliead, J Reeves, C Wyke, P Taylor (A Thompson, 76').

Subs not used: L Raeder, S McCartan, O Patrick, D Poleon, D Pybus.

SHREWSBURY TOWN LINE UP:

D Henderson, A Nsiala, O Beckles, M Sadler (L John-Lewis, 89'), J Bolton, A Rodman, B Godfrey (C Morris, 73'), B Morris, S Whalley, J Nolan, S Payne.

Subs not used: A Gnahoua, L Dodds, E Adams, J Riley, C MacGillivray.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Kevin Johnson will be the man in charge on Saturday, assisted by Abbas Khan and Alan Clayton. The fourth official for City's Sky Bet League One opener is Hristo Karaivanov.

HEAR FROM THE COACH

Bantams head coach Michael Collins spoke to iFollow Bantams ahead of Saturday's trip to Shrewsbury Town.

TICKETS

A limited number of tickets remain available for purchase - until 5.00pm today (Friday). Following this time, a small number of seats will remain available - with supporters being able to pay on the gate.

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults - £23

Seniors (65+) - £15

Young Adults (19-23) - £15

Students (Wth NUS Card) - £15

Juniors (12-18) - £8

Under-12s - FREE

KIT COLOURS

The Bantams will wear their home strip on Saturday, made up of predominantly claret, with black shoulders and amber trim.

BACK THE BANTAMS

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

Bradford are currently priced at 2/1 to defeat Shrewsbury at Montgomery Waters Meadow and at 7/1 to run out 1-0 winners.

George Miller is available at 13/2 to open the scoring, while Jack Payne can be backed at 3/1 to score at anytime during the 90 minutes.

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

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change.

COVERAGE

For those unable to travel to Montgomery Waters Meadow tomorrow, City supporters can follow live updates via the club's official website, plus Facebook and Twitter pages.

City's Facebook and Twitter pages will include 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 match can be found via iFollow Bantams. Keep up to date with commentary from our media partners BBC Radio Leeds for match action and reaction from the game.

Post-match interviews from Michael Collins 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 game.

iFollow Bantams - HERE

Match Centre - HERE

Facebook - HERE

Twitter - HERE


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