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TEAM NEWS | WALSALL (AWAY)

23 February 2019

Bantams boss David Hopkin has named an unchanged starting XI for City's important Sky Bet League One fixture with Walsall.

Keeping with the same team that began last weekend's goalless draw against Plymouth Argyle means Hopkin has opted for Eoin Doyle to continue to lead the attack.

The trio of Jack Payne, Billy Clarke and David Ball are expected to operate behind him at the Banks's Stadium.

Lewis O'Brien and Jacob Butterfield are in central midfield, while Hopkin has also stuck with the same back four and goalkeeper - former Saddler Richard O'Donnell - who have only conceded one goal in their last three matches.

City's bench against Walsall is virtually the same as last Saturday's home game with Plymouth, although Daniel Devine misses out through injury.

Under EFL rules clubs have to name a 'Club Developed' player in their match-day squad.

Devine is the only outfield player currently in City's professional ranks who came through the club's youth set-up.

Any club who can't name a club developed player in their match-day eighteen can only list six names on their substitutes' bench as a result.

One of City's current youth team could possibly have been named on the bench to fill the gap, but the Bantams' Under 18s have a league fixture this Saturday.

WALSALL BRADFORD CITY
1. Liam Roberts 1. Richard O'Donnell
2. Joe Edwards (c) 3. Adam Chicksen
3. Luke Leahy 6. Anthony O'Connor (c)
5. Jon Guthrie 9. Eoin Doyle
6. Nicky Devlin 10. Jack Payne
9. Andy Cook 16. Jacob Butterfield
10. Zeli Ismail 17. Billy Clarke
11. Matt Jarvis 22. Nathaniel Knight-Percival
15. Liam Kinsella 38. Paul Caddis
29. Josh Gordon 39. Lewis O'Brien
35. Dan Scarr 40. David Ball
Substitutes: Substitutes:
13. Chris Dunn (GK) 13. Ben Wilson (GK)
4. George Dobson 12. George Miller
27. Jack Fitzwater 15. Kelvin Mellor
30. Isaiah Osbourne 18. Jermaine Anderson
34. Scott Laird 21. Hope Akpan
36. Aramide Oteh 23. Connor Wood
38. Corey Blackett-Taylor  

 


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