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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: MACCLESFIELD v CITY

25 October 2019

City return to Sky Bet League Two action with a visit to Macclesfield Town, tomorrow (Saturday).

The Bantams will look to return to winning ways in front of an expected near-sell-out away following, after a 2-1 defeat to Port Vale in midweek.

Daryl McMahon's men currently sit 14th in the league table, having won five matches, drawn five matches and lost five matches. 

The Cheshire outfit will looking to build on a 22nd-place finish in a 2018/19 campaign where they memorably survived relagation from the EFL.

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 scares ahead of his side's visit to Moss Rose, after a troubling few weeks in the treatment room. 

The City boss could again be able to call upon Dylan Connolly and Harry Pritchard who have been nursing respective calf and back problems. 

James Vaughan is expected to keep his place in attack after netting in Tuesday's defeat. 

Macclesfield: Macclesfield boss daryl McMahon will again be with the services of midfielder Jay Harris, who is set to return from injury. 

Virgil Gomis could also be pushing for a starting place - in attack - though defender James Pearson is still sidelined through injury. 

WHAT THE MANAGER SAID

Gary Bowyer: "Macclesfield is a difficult place to go - they have only lost one game, at home, in the league - this season.

"They were beaten on Tuesday evening, so will be looking to bounce back.

"We have to replicate Tuesday's intensity - from the second half - and employ our game on them."

LAST TIME OUT

City's last meeting with the Silkmen came in the first round of last season's Carabao Cup. 

After a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes, it was the Moss Rose side who advanced, with a penalty shoot-out victory. 

Macclesfield Town 1 (Fiacre Kelleher 60')

Bradford City 1 (Luca Colville 62')

Carabao Cup - Round One

Tuesday August 14th 2018

Attendance: 1,422

City: Ben Wilson; Joe Riley, Anthony O'Connor (c), Ryan McGowan (booked 90+1'), Adam Chicksen; Hope Akpan, Luca Colville (Josh Wright 71'); Sean Scannell, Jack Payne, Sherwin Seedorf; George Miller (Kai Brünker, booked 88'). Subs (not used): Richard O'Donnell (GK), Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Connor Wood, Tyrell Robinson, Jordan Gibson. 
 
Macclesfield: Rhys Taylor; Miles Welch-Hayes, Fiacre Kelleher (booked 85'), Jamie Grimes, David Fitzpatrick ((c) booked 63'); Scott Wilson (Koby Arthur 71'), Callum Maycock, Michael Rose, Danny Whitaker; Harry Smith, Malachi Napa (Tyrone Marsh 90+1'). Subs (not used): Luke Simpson (GK), Keith Lowe, Nathan Blissett, Callum Evans, James Pearson. 
 
KIT COLOURS

City's will be in their claret and amber home strip tomorrow, with their hosts in their traditional blue and white colours. 

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

Macclesfield: Blue / White / Blue

MATCH OFFICIALS
 
Scott Oldham has overseen 11 matches so far, this season, dishing out 11 bookings. 
 
The official has already taken charge of Macclesfield's 2-2 draw at Stevenage on August 31 - this season - and was the man in the middle for City's 1-1 draw at Peterborough, last season, on top of a memorable 4-3 win over Shrewsbury Town. 
 
Oldham will be supported by Joe Clark and Matthew Parry, with Christopher Ward in as fourth official.  
 
MATCH COVERAGE

Supporters unable to make it to Moss Rose 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 heavy 23/20 favourites for victory in Cheshire. 

James Vaughan is favourite to open the scoring for Bowyer's Bantams, currently priced at 4/1. 

City fans can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change.


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