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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: MORECAMBE v CITY

11 October 2019

City return to Sky Bet League Two action with a 3.00pm visit to Morecambe this Saturday (3.00pm). 

The Bantams will be looking for back-to-back victories in front of over 1,600 travelling supporters who will travel to the west coast. 

Jim Bentley's men have endured a difficult start to the campaign, sitting 23rd in the league with just one win from 12. 

Tomorrow's hosts will be looking to build on an 18th-place finish, 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 will be with the services of top scorer and captain James Vaughan, who returns from a one-match suspension. 

Paudie O'Connor is available for selection following last week's glute scare, while Ben Richards-Everton serves the final of his three-match suspension. 

Morecambe: Home boss Jim Bentley could opt for a similar starting line-up to the one which lost 3-1 at Port Vale, last weekend. 

The Morecambe manager, however, will be without defender Jordan Cranston, who was dismissed at Vale Park. 

Home forward Kevin Ellison - who spent a period on loan at the Utilita Energy Stadium in 2011 - could face his former side. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Gary Bowyer: "I have told the players this will be our toughest game of the season, because it is the next one.

"Jim Bentley has done a fantastic job at Morecambe, over the years.

"He has proved he can get his teams going. We are in for a real fight which we have to go and match."

Jim Bentley: "Bradford are a big club who have a great following and they are bound to travel in huge numbers on Saturday so it will be a fantastic atmosphere and be one of those games that you are dying to play in.

"We want to play well and we want to create chances like we did in the early stages of the game against Port Vale but I would take a scrappy one-nil win at the minute.

"They are one of the top sides and have a great manager in Gary Bowyer but there is no better time to turn the corner for me."

LAST TIME OUT

The Bantams' last meeting with Morecambe came at the Globe Arena in November 2016. 

Despite taking the lead in a Leasing.com Trophy Northern Group C clash - through Haris Vuckic - the Bantams eventually lost out 3-2. 

Morecambe 3 (Paul Mullin 54', Cole Stockton 66', 68')

Bradford City 2 (Haris Vuckic 52', 83')

Leasing.com Trophy - Northern Group C

Wednesday November 9th 2016

Attendance: 827

City: Rouven Sattelmaier; Tom Windle, Rory McArdle, Nathan Clarke (c), James Meredith (Sam Wright 69'); Ellis Hudson (Vincent Rabiega 76'), Daniel Devine, James King, Filipe Morais; Mark McNulty (yellow 78'), Haris Vuckic. Subs (not used): Joe Cracknell (GK), Kwame Boateng, Reece Webb-Foster. 
 
Morecambe: Danijel Nizic; Liam Wakefield, Ryan Edwards (yellow 72'), Alex Whitmore, Luke Conlan, Aaron McGowan; Peter Murphy ((c) Michael Rose 46'), Lee Molyneux (Paul Mullin 46'), Jack Dunn (Rhys Turner 77'); Andrew Fleming (yellow 40'), Cole Stockton. Subs (not used): Barry Roche (GK), Dean Winnard, Aaron Wildig, Ntumba Massanka.
 
KIT COLOURS

City's white change strip will make it's competitive debut tomorrow, with Morecambe in their traditional home colours of red. 

City: White with Claret & Amber / White with Claret Detail / White with Claret Detail

Morecambe: Red / Red / Red

MATCH OFFICIALS
 
Chris Sarginson has taken charge of nine matches so far, this season, issuing 24 bookings. 
 
The Staffordshire man oversaw the Bantams' 1-0 win at home to Burton Albion, last season - showing one yellow card - and Morecambe's 2-1 win at Grimsby, last September, dishing out two yellows
 
Sarginson will be flanked by Wade Smith and Conor Brown, with Matt Corlett in as fourth official. 
 
MATCH COVERAGE

Supporters unable to make it to the Globe Arena 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 17/20 favourites for victory in North Lancashire. 

Clayton Donaldson and James Vaughan are both equal favourites 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.


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