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MATCH PREVIEW: CITY UNDER-18s v ROCHDALE UNDER-18s

29 October 2019

City's under-18s side begin their 2019/20 FA Youth Cup campaign this evening, playing host to Rochdale at the Utilita Energy Stadium. 

Mark Trueman's side are currently in a rich vein of form and are unbeaten throughout the month of October.

The young Bantams go in search of their third straight victory against a Rochdale side currently sat 11th in the EFL Youth Alliance North West division. 

We have compiled a Match Preview full of all the key information you need ahead of tonight's clash (7.00pm).

PYROTECHNICS & BEHAVIOUR

The club would like to remind supporters the possession or use of pyrotechnics inside a football ground is strictly prohibited.

Those found to be carrying or using pyrotechnics will face a long-term ban.

We would like to remind supporters it is a criminal offence to enter the pitch at any time.

Anyone who does so without permission can expect to face prosecution.

TICKETS 

Supporters are asked to pay for their admission to tonight's clash on the turnstiles. 

The gates at the Utilita Energy Stadium will be open from 6.00pm. 

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults - £3

Concessions - £1

THE OPPONENTS

Playing in the EFL Youth Alliance North West division, Rochdale Under-18s have endured a difficult start to the 2019/20 campaign. 

Without a win in six, Dale currently sit 11th in the league, having won only two matches - in all competitions - this season. 

By contrast, tonight's visitors enjoyed a successful 2018/19 campaign, only finishing runners-up in the league to eventual runaway leaders, Wigan Athletic. 

FORM GUIDE

City's under-18s are in fine form at the moment and are currently unbeaten since September 28. 

They have won their last two league games after a penalty shoot-out victory at Notts County in the Youth Alliance Cup. 

Dale, on the other hand, are without a victory since August 26 and have lostv all but one of their previous six outings. 

City: WWWLLW

Rochdale: LDLLLL

LAST TIME OUT

The young Bantams have already beaten their Lancashire counterparts once this season, with a 5-1 victory at Stalybridge Celtic's Bower Fold. 

A dominant performance from Trueman's men saw them emerge victorious in the group stages of the Youth Alliance Cup, on Tuesday September 17. 

Connor Morris bagged a hat-trick for City, with further goals from Dan Francis and Charlie Wood completing the rout. 

MATCH COVERAGE

The club's official Twitter feed will provide live updates throughout the contest, with a full match report and reaction with lead professional development coach Mark Trueman to follow.

WEATHER

A dry night is in store for supporters coming along to the Utilita Energy Stadium, with temperatures of around 6°C.


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