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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CITY v EXETER

1 November 2019

The Bantams return to Sky Bet League Two action tomorrow, welcoming Exeter City to the Utilita Energy Stadium. 

Gary Bowyer's men will look to return to winning ways in the 3.00pm contest, after a 2-1 defeat to Port Vale, last time out. 

The visiting Grecians have enjoyed a strong start to the 2019/20 campaign, sitting second in Sky Bet League Two - just one point off top spot. 

Matt Taylor's men will be looking to build on a ninth-placed finish last season, having finished in the play-offs of the fourth tier for the two seasons before. 

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

TEAM NEWS

City: Gary Bowyer could welcome Harry Pritchard and Dylan Connolly back into his starting 11. 

The pair have missed the past few weeks with injury but were given extra time to recover after Saturday's trip to Macclesfield Town was postponed. 

Adam Henley and Paudie O'Connor will again be looking to reclaim their starting berths. 

Exeter: Winger Lee Holmes picked up another injury setback, recently, meaning he is unavailable for this clash. 

The 32-year-old has not featured this season after first sustaining an injury during pre-season. 

Saturday also comes too early for Nicky Ajose, Lewis Ward and Gary Warren who are all still nursing blows. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Gary Bowyer: "It should be a very entertaining game between two good footballing sides, so we are looking forward to it. 

"Exeter have strengthened well and have a good manager who knows his team very well. 

"It will be a tough game but they have areas we believe we can exploi, which we will obviously look to do."

Matt Taylor: "It will be two good football teams in the division going at it on a good pitch, in a great stadium.

"If Bradford get on a run of form and get some momentum behind them, they are going to be a tough team to stop.

"They have passionate, noisy supporters so it will be a good experience for some of our players, who have not played there before."

LAST TIME OUT

City’s last meeting with Exeter came in Sky Bet League Two, back in 2013. 

The Bantams suffered a setback in the famous 'History Markers' promotion-winning season, losing 4-1.

Exeter City 4 (Matt Duke 11' OG, Lawson D'Ath 45+1', Scot Bennett 84', John O'Flynn 89')

Bradford City 1 (Kyel Reid 79')

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday March 16th 2013

Attendance: 4,199

City: Matt Duke; Stephen Darby, Andrew Davies, Michael Nelson, Carl McHugh (booked 18'); Garry Thompson (Kyel Reid 46'), Nathan Doyle (Zavon Hines 46'), Gary Jones (c), Will Atkinson; Alan Connell, James Hanson. Subs (not used): Jon McLaughlin (GK), Rory McArdle, James Meredith, Ricky Ravenhill, Nahki Wells. 
 
Exeter: Artur Krysiak; Kevin Amankwaah (booked 74'), Danny Coles ((c) booked 80'), Pat Baldwin, Craig Woodman; Jake Gosling (Steve Tully 80'), Mark Molesley (booked 71'), Scot Bennett, Lawson D'Ath (Jimmy Keohane 63'); Arron Davies, John O'Flynn. Subs (not used): Rhys Evans (GK), Jamie Cureton, Guillem Bauza, Aaron Dawson, Jordan Moore-Taylor. 
 
MATCH OFFICIALS
 
Michael Salisbury has taken charge of 12 matches so far, this season, issuing 30 bookings and three dismissals
 
Salisbury was the man in the middle for three City matches, last season, taking charge of tomorrow's visitors on two occasions. 
 
The official will be flanked by Alix Pashley and Chris Isherwood, with Peter Gooch on fourth official duty. 
 
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 6/5 favourites to overcome the Grecians. 

Captain James Vaughan is favourite to open the deadlock, priced at 4/1. 

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 the Grecians, who will be in their striking away colours. 

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

Exeter: Yellow Fluor and Violet / Violet / Violet


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