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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CITY v SWINDON

4 October 2019

The Bantams return to home action tomorrow (Saturday), hosting high-flying Swindon Town at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

Gary Bowyer's side will be looking to return to winning ways in the 3.00pm clash, following a 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe United - last weekend.

The visiting Robins have enjoyed a strong start to the 2019/20 campaign and currently sit in fifth place in the Sky Bet League Two table - on 20 points. 

Richie Wellens' men will be hoping to build on last season's return, after a 13th-place finish in the fourth tier.

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

TEAM NEWS

City: Gary Bowyer is without captain James Vaughan who is suspended - meaning Shay McCartan and Remi Oteh could both make their first starts of the season. 

Ben Richards-Everton serves the second of his three-match ban, so Anthony and Paudie O'Connor are expected to keep their places in the centre of defence. 

The City boss is also without the services of Matt Palmer, with the midfielder set for a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a knee injury at the Sands Venue Stadium.  

Swindon: Visiting boss Richie Wellens is without the services of top scorer Eoin Doyle for tomorrow's meeting with City. 

The striker - on loan from the Bantams - is ineligible to face his parent club.

Skipper Dion Conroy is also unavailable - having sustained a knee injury last week - while Keshi Anderson remains sidelined. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Gary Bowyer: "Swindon are a good team with several good players.

"They play very well, with the ball, in a certain way. They are a possession-based side, so we will have to be prepared to play without the ball, at times.

"It should be an exciting game - with two similar styles going head-to-head."

Noel Hunt (assistant manager): "It will be a really tough game. Bradford have had some really good results, of late.

"There is always a little bit of a hangover when you are relagated, which we see throughout the whole of the EFL. 

"But it will be a challenging test for us and, hopefully, will be the same for them."

LAST TIME OUT

City’s last meeting with Swindon came in Sky Bet League One, during the 2016/17 campaign. 

After falling behind with 15 minutes remaining, a late Charlie Wyke Double clinched all three points for the Bantams in a thrilling affair at the Utilita Energy Stadium. 

Bradford City 2 (Charlie Wyke 85', 90+1')

Swindon Town (Nicky Ajose (75')

Sky Bet League One

Saturday March 18th 2017

Attendance: 17,916

City: Colin Doyle; Tony McMahon (booked 36'), Rory McArdle, Nathaniel Knight-Percival, James Meredith (booked 28'); Timothee Dieng (Billy Clarke 62'), Romain Vincelot (c), Josh Cullen; Mark Marshall (Stephen Darby 90+2'), Charlie Wyke, Jordy Hiwula (Alex Jones 62'). Subs (not used): Rouven Sattelmaier (GK), Kevin Toner, Matt Penney, Daniel Devine. 
 
Swindon: Lawrence Vigouroux; Nathan Thompson (c), Dion Conroy (booked 64'), Raphael, Fankaty Dabo (booked 39', Bradley Barry 45'); Ben Gladwin (booked 17', Luke Norris 73'), Rohan Ince, Charlie Colkett (booked 90'), John Goddard; Jonathan Obika, Nicky Ajose. Subs (not used): Will Henry (GK), Conor Thomas, Anton Rodgers, Ellis Iandolo, Jesse Starkey.
 
MATCH OFFICIALS
 
Tom Nield has overseen seven games so far, this season, dishing out 16 bookings and one dismissal.
 
The official oversaw the Bantams' 2-0 defeat at Southend United, last August - issuing two yellow cards, in addition to Swindon's defeat at Cheltenham Town on the final day of last season, brandishing four bookings. 
 
Nield will be flanked by Natalie Aspinall and Richard Woodward, with David Hunt 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 7/5 favourites to overcome the Robins. 

Clayton Donaldson 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 Swindon, who will be in their Darby Rimmer MND Foundation-sponsored purple third strip.

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

Swindon: Purple / Purple / Purple


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