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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CITY v CRAWLEY

18 October 2019

The Bantams return to action at the Utilita Energy Stadium tomorrow, hosting Crawley Town. 

Gary Bowyer's men go in search of their third straight win in Sky Bet League Two (3.00pm), following last week's 2-1 triumph at Morecambe. 

The visiting Red Devils currently sit ninth in the division, following a 19th-place finish, last term. 

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

TEAM NEWS

City: New signing Chris Taylor could be in line to make his debut in claret and amber, after penning a short-term deal on Wednesday. 

Gary Bowyer is again able to call upon defender Ben Richards-Everton, who returns from his three-match suspension. 

Adam Henley could keep his place at right-back, after making his return to the starting 11 in last week's win at Morecambe. 

Crawley: Gabriele Cioffi will have David Sesay back available for selection, with the defender returning from suspension. 

Ollie Palmer, George Francomb, Ashley Nadesan and Joe McNernery all remain sidelined through injury.

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Gary Bowyer: "We have watched Crawley on a few occasions, this season, and have been very impressed.

"They have recruited very well during the summer and are a good side with a lot of pace, power and size.

"We are preparing for a tough game and are excited to get back out in front of our magnificent home supporters."

Gabriele Cioffi: "It is a fantastic stadium and we should enjoy playing there."

"There is expectation among Bradford supporters to win promotion and this is only right.

"They are a big club with a very experienced manager, in Gary Bowyer."

LAST TIME OUT

City's last meeting with Crawley came in 2015, with the Bantams emerging 1-0 winners in Sky Bet League One. 

François Zoko scored his first and only goal in claret and amber at the Utilita Energy Stadium. 

Bradford City 1 (François Zoko 9')

Crawley Town 0

Sky Bet League One

Tuesday March 3rd 2015

Attendance: 11,683

City: Jordan Pickford; Stephen Darby (c), Rory McArdle, Gary MacKenzie, James Meredith; Mark Yeates, Matthew Dolan (Billy Knott 77'), Christopher Routis (Alan Sheehan 69'), Andy Halliday; François Zoko (Jon Stead 69', booked 90'), James Hanson. Subs (not used): Ben Williams (GK), Jason Kennedy, Oliver Burke, Billy Clarke. 
 
Crawley: Lewis Price; Lewis Young (Ryan Dickson 71'), Darren Ward, Richard Wood, Sonny Bradley (booked 16'); Gwion Edwards, Lee Fowler, Anthony Wordsworth, Gavin Tomlin; Mathias Pogba (booked 29', Dean Morgan 70'). Subs (not used): Brian Jensen (GK), Jimmy Smith, Blair Anderson, Bobson Bawling, Emmett O'Connor. 
 
MATCH OFFICIALS
 
Will Finnie has been in charge of 10 matches this season, issuing 42 yellow cards and one red. 
 
This will be the first time the official has overseen either side, with this his first season in the EFL after only taking charge of National League fixtures, last term. 
 
Finnie will be flanked by Kevin Mulraine and Matthew Smith, with Steven Rushton 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 narrow 3/4 favourites to overcome the Red Devils. 

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 Crawley, who will be in their white and turquoise blue change kit. 

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

Crawley: White / Blue / Blue


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