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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CITY v MORECAMBE

31 December 2019

The Bantams contest their first match of 2020 tomorrow, welcoming Morecambe to the Utilita Energy Stadium. 

Gary Bowyer's men look to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches in the 3.00pm encounter. 

The visiting Shrimps currently sit 23rd in Sky Bet League Two, having finished 18th last term. 

We have compiled a Big Match Preview full of in-depth pre-match analysis - ahead of the encounter. 

TEAM NEWS

City: Gary Bowyer could opt to name an unchanged starting 11 for tomorrow's meeting. 

James Vaughan and Jake Reeves will be looking to make back-to-back starts, having returned from illness against Mansfield. 

Harry Pritchard and Kelvin Mellor could return from the injuries which ruled them out of the visit of the Stags. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Gary Bowyer: “Like I say all the time, there are no easy games in this division. Morecambe will be no different. They will be fighting for their lives.

“We just have to concentrate on ourselves, because it can be very easy to get distracted when you think too much about the opposition.

“We need to make sure we stay as clinical as we were and focus on picking up another three points.”

LAST TIME OUT

City's last meeting with Morecambe came earlier this season, midway through October. 

Goals from Hope Akpan and Aramide Oteh secured a 2-1 victory for the Bantams, in the return fixture. 

Morecambe 1 (Tom Brewitt 90+4')

Bradford City 2 (Hope Akpan 47', Aramide Oteh 78')

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday October 12th 2019

Attendance: 3,899 (1,765 visitors)

Referee: Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire)

City: Richard O’Donnell; Adam Henley, Paudie O’Connor, Anthony O’Connor, Connor Wood; Callum Cooke, Hope Akpan (Daniel Devine 77'), Harry Pritchard; Zeli Ismail (Aramide Oteh 62'), Clayton Donaldson (James Vaughan 77'), Dylan Connolly. Subs (not used): George Sykes-Kenworthy (GK), Reece Staunton, Jermaine Anderson, Shay McCartan.

Morecambe: Barry Roche; George Tanner, Sam Lavelle, Steve Old, Adam Buxton (Aaron Wildig 72'); John O’Sullivan, Alex Kenyon, Tom Brewitt; AJ Leitch-Smith (Kevin Ellison 56'), Shaun Miller, Lewis Alessandra (Cole Stockton 83'). Subs (not used): Mark Halstead (GK), Ritchie Sutton, Michael Howard, Tyler Brownsword.

MATCH OFFICIALS

 
Andy Haines has taken charge of 24 matches this season, issuing 63 yellow cards and seven reds. 
 
The Tyne and Wear man oversaw the Bantams' meeting with Forest Green Rovers in August, though will be in the middle of a Morecambe fixture for the first time, this season. 
 
Haines will be assisted by Richard Wigglesworth and Conor Brown, with Paul Hodskinson in as fourth official. 
 
MATCH COVERAGE

Supporters unable to make it to the Utilita Energy Stadium tomorrow can follow match action via the club’s official Twitter page.

Supporters can also buy an iFollow match pass for just £10, enabling them to enjoy the game from the comfort of their own home! CLICK HERE to purchase.  

IFollow subscribers can also catch all the reaction with post-match interviews and content.

The live feed will provide minute-by-minute coverage of the clash in addition to updates on other social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram.

Full audio match commentary is available to iFollow Bantams subscribers, while BBC Radio Leeds’ Tim Steere and Andy Kiwomya will provide live radio commentary on 774 MW.

BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET

City supporters can back their team for victory tomorrow with Sky Bet.

Gary Bowyer's men are currently placed as heavy 8/15 favourites to overcome the Shrimps. 

Skipper James Vaughan is favourite to break the deadlock, priced at 3/1.

City fans can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change.

KIT COLOURS

City will wear their home strip of claret and amber stripes for the visit of Morecambe, who will be in their yellow third colours. 

City: Claret and Amber Stripes / Black with Amber Detail / Black with Amber Detail

Morecambe: Yellow / Yellow / Yellow


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