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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CITY v NORTHAMPTON

6 September 2019

The Bantams return to the Utilita Energy Stadium tomorrow, playing host to Northampton Town in Sky Bet League Two.

After a Leasing.com Trophy penalty-shootout success over Bolton Wanderers, on Tuesday night, Gary Bowyer’s men will be looking to kick on - in league action.

The Cobblers sit in 17th place but - after an emphatic 3-1 victory over Plymouth Argyle last weekend - the visitors will be confident heading to West Yorkshire.

We have compiled a Big Match Preview packed full of everything you need to know before the 3.00pm clash…

TEAM NEWS 

City: Gary Bowyer rotated his squad during midweek and is expected to return the likes of James Vaughan and Richard O’Donnell to the starting line-up.

Zeli Ismail came through Tuesday’s match unscathed while striker Shay McCartan could feature for the second time this season.

Callum Cooke is also back in the fold, along with new signings Dylan Connolly and Aramide Oteh. Jamie Devitt is likely to miss out, nursing a suspected hamstring injury.

Northampton: It is a similar situation for Northampton boss Keith Curle, who made several changes in midweek against Peterborough in the Leasing.com Trophy. 

Andy Williams is expected to lead the line once more, whilst Sam Hoskins and Vadaine Oliver could come back into the team.

David Cornell should also come back into the fray in net. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Gary Bowyer: "They will be organised and competitive. They had a good win last week against Plymouth, which I watched, so they will be coming on the back of that with confidence.

“It is up to us to now really get going and put a stamp on our performances.”

Keith Curle: “They have got a great crowd but they are also very demanding and they will be expecting their team to be competing at the top of the division.

“We need to try and make them play how we want them to play, nullify their threat and then exploit their weaknesses.

“Bradford have done a lot of business over the summer and they will be going through some of the teething problems that we have.

“I think they have signed something like 15 new players, it’s not easy integrating that amount of players into a squad straight away, getting the best out of those players and finding a system that works.”

LAST TIME OUT 

The Bantams last faced the Cobblers in February 2017 in a Sky Bet League One contest. City lost out at Valley Parade that day, going down 2-1 through John-Joe O’Tootle and Chris Long. Paul Taylor’s late free-kick past now Bradford keeper Richard O’Donnell proved only to be a consolation.

MATCH OFFICIALS 

Leigh Doughty will referee the Bantams for the first time this season.

He will be assisted by Robert Atkin and Gary Hilton, with Anthony Moore stepping in as 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 on 774 MW.

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 the Bantams for victory tomorrow with Sky Bet.

Gary Bowyer's men are currently placed as 11/10 favourites for victory against the Cobblers. 

James Vaughan is 4/1 favourite to open the score, with 9/5 for an anytime goal.  

City fans can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change.

KIT COLOURS

City will continue in their home strip of claret and amber stripes for the visit of Northampton – who will be in a variant of their away strip, with white shorts to oppose the black of the Bantams.

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

Northampton: Black / White / White


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