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BIG MATCH PREVIEW | WALSALL (HOME)

1 May 2018

Simon Grayson's Bantams welcome Walsall to the Northern Commercials Stadium this Tuesday (1 May 2018) for their final home match of the 2017/2018 campaign.

Grayson's men will be looking to bounce back in positive fashion after Saturday's frustrating home loss to Southend United.

Sadly for the Bantams, the Southend defeat means City can no longer qualify for the end-of-season play-offs.

As you would expect, however, City will be understandably keen to finish their home campaign for the season on a high note in front of their own supporters.

Opponents Walsall head to Valley Parade aiming to officially confirm their place in Sky Bet League One for next season.

Walsall secured a crucial 1-0 home victory over Northampton Town at the weekend thanks to an injury time winner from George Dobson, meaning the Saddlers now only need one further point to secure safety.

Team News

Bradford City
A scan on Kai Bruenker's injured left ankle confirmed the big striker suffered ligament damage during last Saturday's game against Southend United.

As a result, Bruenker will now miss City's final two matches of the season.

He joins Tyrell Robinson (shoulder), Jake Reeves (groin), Ryan McGowan (knee) and Alex Jones (ankle) on the sidelines.

Walsall
Saddlers boss Dean Keates could look to keep an unchanged side following Saturday's dramatic victory over Northampton.

Joe Edwards is out for the rest of the season due to a serious knee injury.

Earlier this season

Saturday 26 August 2017
Sky Bet League One
Walsall 3 (Leahy 54, Roberts 61, Bakayoko 87)
Bradford City 3 (McCartan 30, Poleon 38, Leahy OG 49)

WALSALL LINE UP:
Gillespie, Wilson, Donnellan, Guthrie, Devlin, Morris (Roberts 53), Chambers, Edwards, Leahy, Oztumer, Bakayoko

Subs not used: L Roberts, Cuvelier, Kinsella, K Roberts, Kouhyar, Candlin

BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Doyle, McMahon, Knight-Percival, Kilgallon, Field (Barr 77), Gilliead (Hendrie 59), Reeves, McCartan (Pybus 55), Law, Poleon, Wyke

Subs not used: Sattelmaier, Taylor, Jones, Patrick

Previously at the Northern Commercials Stadium

Saturday 1 April 2017
Sky Bet League One
Bradford City 1 (B Clarke 58)
Walsall 0

BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Doyle, McMahon, McArdle, Knight-Percival, Meredith, Cullen, Marshall, Vincelot, B Clarke (Dieng 76), Jones (Law 82), Wyke

Subs not used: Cracknell, Darby, Toner, Hiwula, Devine

WALSALL LINE UP:
Etheridge, O'Connor, Preston, Laird, McCarthy, Osbourne, Chambers (Candlin 84), Edwards, Moussa, Morris, Makris (Jackson 75)

Subs not used: MacGillivray, Dobson, Kinsella, K Roberts, Hayles-Docherty

Tickets
Details on how to purchase match tickets for league fixtures at the Northern Commercials Stadium can be found HERE.

Win The Shirt Off My Back
City's match-day raffle will return for the final time this season on Tuesday. Please click HERE for further details.

Minute's Silence
The Club would like to respectfully remind supporters that there will be a minute's silence taking place ahead of kick off this Tuesday evening. In keeping with tradition, the period of remembrance before the Walsall fixture will act as a mark of respect to those affected by the 1985 Valley Parade Fire Disaster. The minute's silence will also give fans the chance to remember those loved ones we have lost throughout the 2017/2018 campaign.

Lap of Appreciation
Simon Grayson, his coaching staff and players are scheduled to take part in a lap of appreciation around the Valley Parade pitch after the game this Tuesday evening. Following the full time whistle, the players and staff are due to head back into the dressing room for a brief period. They will then return back out onto the pitch to show their gratitude to the fans for their support throughout the 2017/2018 campaign.

Hospitality Changes
To help the club with their preparations for the Player of the Year awards, the McCall Suite will be closed this Tuesday evening. Please click HERE for more information.


Match Officials

This Tuesday's encounter will be officiated by Carl Boyeson. The experienced referee, who is in his sixteenth season working at EFL level, has taken charge of thirty-five games so far this season. Two of those matches have involved the Bantams - City's Checkatrade Trophy match at Chesterfield towards the start of the season and the home game with Plymouth Argyle last November. The two assistant referees alongside Mr Boyeson for the Walsall fixture will be David Benton and Paul Thompson. The fourth official at the Northern Commercials Stadium is scheduled to be Alf Greenwood.

Manager's Pre Match Thoughts
City boss Simon Grayson spoke with iFollow Bantams ahead of Tuesday's match with Walsall.

Supporters can see a snippet of the pre-match interview below:

The FULL video interview with Grayson can be found on iFollow Bantams - HERE.

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

City are currently priced at 6/4 to defeat Walsall at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

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

Dominic Poleon is available at 11/2 to opening the scoring, while Shay McCartan can be backed at 2/1 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 Tuesday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Walsall game 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 as it happens.     

Full audio match commentary of the Walsall 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 Tuesday's match.

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

 

 


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