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9 March 2018

Simon Grayson's Bantams return to action this Saturday (10 March 2018) when they welcome Milton Keynes Dons to the Northern Commercials Stadium.

After the recent postponements of home fixtures against Wigan Athletic and Portsmouth, this Saturday's encounter with MK Dons will be Grayson's first at Valley Parade as City boss since his appointment nearly a month ago.

The Bantams play host to an MK Dons side this weekend who currently find themselves positioned in the bottom four of the Sky Bet League One table.

MK Dons have yet to win in seven league matches since the appointment of Daniel Micciche back in late January, losing five of those fixtures.

All five of those defeats have been by just a single goal, however, and they have drawn their previous two away matches at Rochdale and Fleetwood Town.

Team News

Bradford City
The Bantams will have to do without the suspended Charlie Wyke as the striker begins his three-match ban this Saturday.

Jake Reeves (groin) and Ryan McGowan (knee) both remain sidelined, along Alex Jones and Omari Patrick could both be back in contention for the weekend.

The pair made a return from injury on Tuesday in a Development Squad fixture with Rotherham United reserves.

Milton Keynes Dons
Dons duo Ed Upson and Ethan Ebanks-Landell could both earn recalls to the starting XI after recently returning from suspension.

Osman Sow and Peter Pawlett may also be back in the mix after injury.

Marcus Tavernier is unlikely to be involved though.

Alex Gilbey (knee), Scott Golbourne (hip) and Joe Walsh (knee) continue to miss out.

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)

Doyle, McMahon, McArdle, Knight-Percival, Meredith, Gilliead, Cullen, Vincelot, Law, B Clarke (Jones 59), Wyke

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

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)

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

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

Supporters can find out match ticket details for this game, included information on how to secure pre-match discounts on adult tickets. Please click HERE.

The Parader

The latest edition of City's official match-day magazine will be on sale in and around the Northern Commercials Stadium on Saturday for only £3.00. The MK Dons programme features an interview with Simon Grayson on his home debut as City boss, plus Matthew Lund's 'Dream Team' and Tyrell Robinson talking team-mates! On top of that, this Saturday's edition also includes words from Operations Manager Paula Watson on coping with the 'Beast from the East' and young trio Callum Gunner, Cameron Hawkes and George Sykes-Kenworthy following their midweek deals.

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 scheduled to be this Saturday's match referee. Mr Toner has officiated twenty-nine 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 Helen Byrne. The fourth official is set to be Gary Hilton.

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

Back in white

After four months using the EFL mitre 'winter' yellow balls, City will return to the traditional white match-balls for the rest of the season from this Saturday onwards.

Back the Bantams
City supporters can back the Bantams for success at home to Milton Keynes Dons with Sky Bet!

City are currently priced at 1/1 to defeat MK Dons at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

The Bantams are also priced at 8/1 to beat MK Dons by a 2-0 scoreline.

Alex Gilliead is available at 10/1 to opening the scoring, while Kai Breunker can be backed at 15/8 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.

For those unable to get to Northern Commercials Stadium on Saturday, 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 Saturday'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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