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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CITY v NEWPORT

6 December 2019

The Bantams return to action at the Utilita Energy Stadium tomorrow, hosting Newport County (3.00pm). 

Gary Bowyer's men look to return to winning ways, after a 1-1 draw at Macclesfield Town, last weekend. 

The visiting Exiles currently sit 11th in Sky Bet League Two, having reached the play-offs, last season. 

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

TEAM NEWS

City: Gary Bowyer could again have more midfielders to choose from, for the visit of Newport. 

Callum Cooke and Matty Plamer could again be in contention for minutes, while Shay McCartan could also make his return from injury. 

But they will have to wrestle starting berths off Jake Reeves and Chris Taylor, who both impressed in last week's draw at Macclesfield Town. 

Newport: Newport boss Michael Flynn is hit with injury troubles ahead of his side's trip to West Yorkshire. 

The former City midfielder will be without the services of Corey Whitely who was withdrawn from Tuesday's Leasing.com Trophy victory over Brighton and Hove Albion Under-21s with injury. 

Micky Demetriou could be pushing for minutes, though, after Flynn admitted he was nearing his return. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Gary Bowyer: "We cannot afford to just turn up and expect to get a result - against Newport - like with any team in this division.

They have a lot of experienced players and we are well-aware of the challenge we will be faced with.

Michael Flynn: "It is going to be a really nice occasion, for myself. I am very fond of Bradford, the club means a lot to me.

"They are going to be challenging for promotion, definitely. They may have had a couple of bad weeks but they will be there or thereabouts - come the end of April."

LAST TIME OUT

Tomorrow's affair represents the first time the two sides have met since Newport County's reformation, in 1989. 
 
The Bantams' last meeting with the Exiles came towards the end of the 1984/85 promoton-winning campaign, on April 16th 1985.
 
Trevor Cherry's City recorded a 1-0 victory in South Wales. 
 
MATCH OFFICIALS
 
Anthony Backhouse has been in charge of 15 matches this season, issuing 49 yellow cards and two reds. 
 
The Cumbria official was in the middle of City's 1-0 victory at Walsall in September, dishing out two yellow cards. 
 
Backhouse will be flanked by Declan Ford and Andrew Dallsion, with Geoffrey Liddle appointed 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.

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 at 774 kHz on FM and DAB.

IFollow subscribers can also catch all the reaction with post-match interviews and content, while supporters based outside the UK with a package can even tune into a live video stream!

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 21/20 favourites to overcome the Exiles. 

Skipper James Vaughan is favourite to break the deadlock, priced at 7/2. 

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 Newport, who will sport their all-white third strip. 

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

Newport: White / White / White


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