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BIG MATCH PREVIEW | OLDHAM ATHLETIC (AWAY)

2 February 2018

City kick off their February fixtures with an away match at Oldham Athletic this Saturday (3 February 2018).

The Bantams will be hoping that a change of month can result in a change of fortunes after a difficult period of results throughout January.

City's hopes of securing victory at Oldham at the weekend are likely to be boosted by the return of some injured players.

The Bantams' clutch of new signings last week - Kai Bruenker, Matthew Lund, Stephen Warnock and Ryan McGowan - will also have surely benefited from their first full week of training with Stuart McCall's side.

Opponents Oldham are currently positioned twenty-second in the League One table.

The Latics, who were recently taken over by Moroccan football agent Abdallah Lemsagam, lost out to Plymouth Argyle at the SportsDirect.com Park in their last outing.

Team News

Oldham Athletic
Transfer deadline day signing Wilfried Moimbe could be involved for Oldham at the weekend.

The Frenchman, who joined on a short-term deal following his release from Nantes, can play in midfield or at left back.

Eoin Doyle rejoined Oldham on loan on Wednesday's deadline day after netting fourteen goals in twenty-one appearances in the first half of the season.

The striker is out until March, however, after being diagnosed with a blood clot last month.

George Edmundson is back available after missing the defeat to Plymouth last weekend due to suspension.

Duckens Nazon could be looking for his first start following a recent loan move from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Nazon, who spent the first part of the season on loan at Coventry City, came on for his Oldham debut as a first half substitute for Ousmane Fane during the Plymouth defeat last Saturday.

Rob Hunt is expected to be sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Bradford City
Experienced duo Colin Doyle and Tony McMahon could be back in contention for the Bantams after recently returning to training following injury.

Doyle had been sidelined since November with a knee problem, while McMahon has missed the last month due to a thigh injury.

Recent recruits Stephen Warnock, Matthew Lund and Ryan McGowan will all be pushing for starting berths after a full week of training under their belts.

McGowan is available for trip to the SportsDirect.com Park after his international clearance came through this week.

Jake Reeves is a doubt, however, with City forced again into looking at the midfielder's troublesome groin problem.

Tyrell Robinson and Alex Gilliead are both making progress from hamstring problems but this Saturday's game is expected to come too soon for the duo.

Omari Patrick (knee) and Alex Jones (ankle) remain sidelined, although Jones has been able to join in with running sessions out of the grass this week.

Jacob Hanson continues on the road to recovery after being diagnosed with glandular fever last month.

Kit Colours:
The Bantams will be wearing their first choice claret and amber 'home' strip at Oldham.

Previously at the SportsDirect.com Park

Saturday 29 January 2017
Sky Bet League One
Oldham Athletic 1 (B Wilson 44)
Bradford City 2 (Vincelot 14, McArdle 76)

OLDHAM ATHLETIC LINE UP:
Ripley, Wilson, Clarke, Gerrard, Reckord, Fane, Green, Banks (Hunt 84), Flynn (McKay 61), Holloway, McLaughlin (Ngoo 84)

Subs not used: Kettings, Law, Edmundson, Erwin

BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Doyle, McMahon, McArdle, Vincelot, Meredith, Cullen, Law, Dieng, Marshall, Hiwula (Jones 70), Clarke (Gilliead 84)

Subs not used: Sattelmaier, Darby, King, Devine, Hudson

Earlier this season

Tuesday 17 October 2017
Sky Bet League One
Bradford City 1 (Taylor 3)
Oldham Athletic 1 (Doyle 23)

BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Doyle, Hendrie, Thompson, Knight-Percival, Chicksen, Law, Vincelot (Dieng 79), Reeves, Patrick (Poleon 63), Wyke, Taylor (Gilliead 63)

Subs not used: Raeder, Kilgallon, McCartan, Hanson

OLDHAM ATHLETIC LINE UP:
Placide, Dummigan, Clarke, Bryan, Hunt, Fane, Gardner (Omrani 78), Byrne, (Flynn 90+1), Nepomuceno (Menig 63), Doyle, Davies

Subs not used: Ruddy, Wilson, Gerrard, Banks

Away Fans' Guide
All of the travel and match-day stadium information for Saturday's trip to the SportsDirect.com Park (HERE)

Tickets
City's ticket office have now SOLD OUT of their allocation for Saturday's game. Supporters can pay on the day at Oldham but prices will increase to the following totals:

Adults - £24.00
Seniors - £12.00   (over 65)
Under 16s - £10.00
Under 12s - £5.00

Disabled Fan - £12.00  
(Free carer if in receipt of DLA or PIP at mid or enhanced rate)


Match Officials:

Mr Anthony Backhouse will take charge of this Saturday's encounter. The referee, who is enjoying his first season at EFL level, has officiated two City matches so far during the campaign. He was in the middle for the Doncaster Rovers league match and Chesterfield FA Cup tie - matches City both won 2-0. The assistant referees for Saturday's game will be Barry Gordon and Michael D'Aguilar. The fourth official at the SportsDirect.com Park is scheduled to be David Benton.

Manager's Thoughts:

Back the Bantams
City supporters can back the Bantams for success away to Oldham Athletic with Sky Bet!

Stuart McCall's side are currently priced at 7/4 to defeat Oldham at the SportsDirect.com Park

The Bantams are also priced at 9/1 to beat Oldham by a 2-1 scoreline.

Matthew Lund is available at 12/1 to opening the scoring, while Charlie Wyke can be backed at 6/4 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 the SportsDirect.com Park on Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Oldham Athletic 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 Oldham 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 Stuart McCall and his 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 McCall 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 Oldham game.
 
iFollow Bantams - HERE
Match Centre - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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