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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CITY v ROCHDALE

12 November 2019

City play host to Rochdale, this evening, on the final matchday in Northern Group F of the Leasing.com Trophy (7.30pm).

The Bantams currently sit third in the group, three points off Bolton Wanderers in second. 

A victory by three clear goals will ensure Gary Bowyer's men make it through to the second round of the competition, finishing second on goal difference. 

Dale - on the other hand - need to win by five goals to ensure their progression to round two. 

We have compiled a Big Match Preview - packed full of helpful information ahead of the fixture.

PYROTECHNICS & BEHAVIOUR

The club would like to remind supporters the possession or use of pyrotechnics inside a football ground is strictly prohibited.

Those found to be carrying or using pyrotechnics will face a long-term ban.

We would like to remind supporters it is a criminal offence to enter the pitch at any time.

Anyone who does so without permission can expect to face prosecution.

OUR OPPONENTS

City's Greater Manchester opponents have endured a mixed start to the season in Sky Bet League One, currently sat 15th in the table. 

Dale currently sit bottom of northern group F in the Leasing.com Trophy, having beaten Bolton Wanderers in a penalty shoot-out.

Brian Barry-Murphy's men will be looking to build on a 0-0 draw away to Wraxham in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup, at the weekend. 

TEAM NEWS

City: Gary Bowyer could shuffle his pack for this evening's clash, handing minutes to players lacking match minutes. 

Jake Reeves is in contention to make his first City appearance in 22 months, after being named on the bench for Saturday's Emirates FA Cup clash at Shrewsbury Town. 

Chris Taylor could also make his first competitive appearance for the club, having been officially announced as a Bantam, yesterday. 

Rochdale: Brian Barry-Murphy is also expected to ring the changes for this evening's encounter, handing minutes to a host of his younger talents. 

The Dale manager is known for using the Leasing.com Trophy to hand experience to his youngsters and could rest some of his more experienced professionals. 

TICKETS

Supporters are asked to PAY ON THE GATE for this evening's contest.

Home supporters will be housed in the bottom tier of the JCT600 Stand (West), with travelling fans being placed in blocks F and G of The Mamma Mia Stand. 

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults - £10

Concessions (Students / Seniors) - £5

Juniors (Under-16s) - £1

For more information on any of the above, please call 01274 770012 to speak with a member of our ticketing team.

MATCH OFFICIALS 

Darren Drysdale will take charge of this evening's clash. 

The Lincolnshire official oversaw Dale's 6-0 defeat at Peterborough United in September, and is in his 16th season as an EFL referee. 

He will be flanked by Ian Smedley and Oliver Bickle with Richard Wigglesworth on fourth official duty. 

THE PARADER 

There will be no edition of City's official matchday programme this evening. 

The Parader will be back when the Bantams host Shrewsbury Town - in their Emirates FA Cup first-round replay - on Tuesday November 19. 

THE CITY SHOP

The City Shop will be open from 9.30am until 5.00pm today to allow supporters another opportunity to get their hands on the Bantams’ 2019/20 home, away and third kits.

The strips will be on sale along with City’s all-new training range, gifts and other official club merchandise.

WEATHER 

Supporters are in for another chilly evening at the Utilita Energy Stadium, with temperatures of around 5°C expected.


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