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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CHELTENHAM v CITY

16 September 2019

The Bantams return to Sky Bet League Two action with a long trip to Cheltenham Town, tomorrow night (kick-off 7.45pm). 

Gary Bowyer's men visit the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on the back of consecutive victories, the latest coming in a 1-0 win at Walsall on Saturday. 

Currently inside the play-off spots, sitting seventh, a triumph in Gloucestershire could see City climb into the automatic promotion places. 

The Robins have also enjoyed a successful start to the campaign and sit a place above their visitors in sixth - with both teams on currently tied on 14 points

We have compiled a Big Match Preview with everytherything you need to know ahead of the clash...

TEAM NEWS 

City: Gary Bowyer will be without the services of Jordan Gibson, who will miss around two weeks with a calf injury. 

Zeli Ismail is available for selection after a one-match suspension, with long-term absentees Joe Riley and Jamie Devitt still out

Adam Henley and Shay McCartan will be pushing for starting berths, while Aramide Oteh could make his debut in claret and amber.

Cheltenham: Cheltenham boss Michael Duff could be tempted to name an unchanged side, after a 2-0 victory at Salford City, last time out. 

Max Sheaf and Rohan Ince are still a couple of weeks away from full fitness. 

And Tuesday comes too soon for Will Boyle, despite the defender recently returning to training.

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Gary Bowyer: "We have been working very hard since the Walsall game to make sure we are as prepared as possible to face Cheltenham.

"Cheltenham are a very good team, one of the best I have watched so far, this season.

"I have been very impressed by them and they have a great manager who sets high standards from the top, down.

"It is about us going there and continuing how we have been resilient and comfortable being uncomfortable, to produce an even better performance."

Michael Duff: "Bradford are a big club, at this level. There is good experience in their side and it is going to be a difficult game. 

"They can hurt you in different sorts of ways. They like putting balls in the box, can hold it up, carry a big aerial threat and like to get in behind.

"They are a good team so we know we have to be properly at it, on Tuesday night."

LAST TIME OUT 

City’s last meeting with the Robins came two years ago, in the 2016/17 Leasing.com Trophy. 

A second-half Jordy Hiwula goal clinched victory for the Bantams, sending them into the fourth round. 

Cheltenham Town 0

Bradford City 1 (Jordy Hiwula 64')

Leasing.com Trophy - Round Three

Tuesday January 17th 2017

Attendance: 1,081

Cheltenham: Callum Kitscha; Emmanuel Onariase, William Boyle, Daniel O'Shaughnessy, Jack Barthram (Dan Holman 72'); Harry Pell (c), James Rowe (yellow 90+2'); Billy Waters (Jack Munns 85'), Jordan Cranston; Danny Wright, Diego De Girolamo (James Dayton 72'). Subs (not used): Kyle Storer, Aaron Downes, Matt Bower, Lewis Clayton. 

City: Rouven Sattelmaier; Tony McMahon (yellow 80'), Rory McArdle, Matt Kilgallon, Stephen Darby; Daniel Devine, Romain Vincelot (Josh Cullen 45'); Timothee Dieng; Mark Marshall (Billy Clarke 68'), James Hanson (Nathaniel Knight-Percival 77'), Jordy Hiwula. Subs (not used): Colin Doyle, James Meredith, Nicky Law. 

MATCH OFFICIALS 

Sam Purkiss has been the man in the middle for five EFL fixtures so far this season, issuing 19 yellow cards in the process.

Today marks the first time Purkiss has ever overseen either side, with him primarily having officiated in the National League for the past two years. 

He will be assisted by Matthew Smith and Joe Clark, with Gareth Viccars in as fourth official. 

MATCH COVERAGE

Supporters unable to make the long trip to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium tomorrow can follow match action via the club’s official Twitter page.

Supporters can also buy an iFollow match pass for just £10, enabling them to enjoy the game from the comfort of their own home! CLICK HERE to purchase.  

IFollow subscribers can also catch all the reaction with post-match interviews and content.

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 on 774 MW.

BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET

City supporters can back the Bantams for victory tomorrow with Sky Bet.

Gary Bowyer's enter the clash currently priced at 13/8 favourites to claim the three points.

James Vaughan is currently favourite to open the scoring, with City's top goalscorer placed 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 claret and amber home kit for the fourth consecutive match, with Cheltenham in their traditional red and white home strip.

Cheltenham: Red and White Stripes / White / Red

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


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