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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: PLYMOUTH v CITY

22 November 2019

City return to Sky Bet League Two action with a 3.00pm visit to Plymouth Argyle, on Saturday (3.00pm). 

The Bantams will be looking to bounce back from consecutive cup defeats - against Sky Bet League One opposition - in their first league encounter since November 2. 

Ryan Lowe's side have enjoyed a recent upturn in form and are currently sat 11th in the table. 

The south west outfit suffered relagation from Sky Bet League One - along with Gary Bowyer's men, last season.

We have compiled a Big Match Preview packed full of everything you need to know ahead of the 3.00pm clash…

TEAM NEWS

City: Gary Bowyer has no fresh injury concerns ahead of tomorrow's clash. Harry Pritchard is back fit again after appearing against Shrewsbury. 

Jake Reeves could be in line to make his first league appearance for the Bantams since January 2018, following his recent return. 

Fellow midfielder Chris Taylor could make his full debut for the club after featuring in last week's Leasing.com Trophy tie against Rochdale. 

Plymouth: Former Bantam Billy Clarke could be in line to appear against Gary Bowyer's men, having signed for the Pilgrims last month. 

One player who will not line up on Saturday, is Jose Baxter. 

The forward mutually agreed to end his contract in Devon, this week, after a persistent calf problem. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Gary Bowyer: "We are looking forward to what should be a really good game of football.

"Ryan (Lowe) did really well at Bury, in the circumstances. He is going about his business at Plymouth really well.

"I think they will be right up there - by the automatic promotion places - come the end of the season."

Ryan Lowe: "Gary Bowyer is a good bloke and has got some good players. We are friends and we have a good relationship. He has changed the philosophy of the club. 

"They can play football but they can hustle and bustle, too. It will be an entertaining game.

"They will be coming here trying to win. It's going to be a tough test - last season is irrelevant."

LAST TIME OUT

The Bantams' last meeting with Plymouth came last season, in Sky Bet League One. 

The two sides played out a goalless draw at the Utilita Energy Stadium. 

Bradford City 0

Plymouth Argyle 0

Sky Bet League One

Saturday February 16th 2019

Attendance: 15,855

City: Richard O'Donnell; Paul Caddis, Anthony O'Connor (c), Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Adam Chicksen; Jacob Butterfield (Hope Akpan 80'), Lewis O'Brien (booked 27'); David Ball, Billy Clarke, Jack Payne (Jermaine Anderson 83'); Eoin Doyle (George Miller 90'). Subs (not used): Ben Wilson (GK), Kelvin Mellor, Connor Wood, Daniel Devine. 
 
Plymouth: Kyle Letheren; Ashley Smith-Brown (booked 61', Oscar Threlkeld 70'), Ryan Edwards, Niall Canavan, Gary Sawyer (c); Yann Songo'o, David Fox; Antoni Sarcevic, Graham Carey, Ruben Lameiras (Ryan Taylor 66'); Freddie Ladapo. Subs (not used): Matt Macey (GK), Joe Riley, Lloyd Jones, Scott Wootton, Luke Jephcott. 
 
MATCH OFFICIALS
 
Ollie Yates has taken charge of 16 matches so far, this season, issuing 47 yellow cards and 4 reds. 
 
The official oversaw the Bantams' season-opener against Cambridge United - on August 3 - while last officiating Plymouth in April, last season. 
 
Yates will be flanked by Steven Plane and Mark Derrien, with Brett Huxtable in as fourth official. 
 
MATCH COVERAGE

Supporters unable to make it to Home Park 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 short 2/1 favourites for victory in Devon. 

Plymouth's Joel Grant is favourite to break 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 be in their claret and amber home strip for the visit to Home Park, with the hosts in their traditional green and white colours. 

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

Plymouth: Green with White Trim / White with Green Trim / Green with White Trim


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