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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: OLDHAM ATHLETIC v CITY

11 December 2020

The Bantams are back on the road this weekend - travelling to Oldham Athletic in Sky Bet League Two.

This will be the third meeting between the two sides in just over a month after City lost out to the Latics in the Papa John’s Trophy and Emirates FA Cup at the Utilita Energy Stadium in November.

Harry Kewell’s side bagged all three points with a 2-1 victory at Cambridge United in their most recent Sky Bet League Two fixture. Conor McAleny and Alfie McCalmont both got on the scoresheet at the Abbey Stadium.

We have created a Big Match Preview to take you through all of the key information ahead of tomorrow's match.

HOW TO WATCH 

Supporters will be able to catch every minute of the game LIVE by purchasing a video iFollow match pass. 

The pass - available for £10 - will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with build-up beginning from 2.00pm. 

For a step-by-step guide on how to purchase an iFollow video match pass for the fixture, please CLICK HERE. 

To purchase an iFollow video match pass, please CLICK HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: iFollow video match passes for away Sky Bet League Two fixtures are not included with a 'City For All' 2020/21 season ticket.

TEAM NEWS

City: Stuart McCall’s squad could be strengthened with the return of striker Lee Novak - who has been sidelined with a calf injury.

The Bantams remain hampered by several injuries to first-team players, with Saturday expected to come too early for Billy Clarke. 

Paudie O’Connor is in line to make his 50th appearance in claret and amber, at Boundary Park. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Kenny Black (assistant manager): "Oldham do have a squad which can conjure up many formations and have a lot of players we need to keep an eye on.

"The fact we have already played them twice certainly does not do us any harm.

"We know where their strengths lie, and how we need to play in order to get a positive result."

LAST TIME OUT

The Bantams were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup second round as the Latics came from behind to win 2-1 at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

Saturday November 28 

Emirates FA Cup - Round Two

CITY: Richard O’Donnell ©; Connor Wood (booked 90'), Ben Richards-Everton, Paudie O’Connor, Anthony O’Connor, Bryce Hosannah (Gareth Evans 46'); Billy Clarke (Callum Cooke 73'), Elliot Watt, Zeli Ismail (Dylan Mottley-Henry 16'); Clayton Donaldson, Austin Samuels. Subs (not used): Sam Hornby (GK), Jackson Longridge, Tyler French, Finn Cousin-Dawson.

GOALS: Donaldson (11' pen). 

LATICS: Ian Lawlor; Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Carl Piergianni (booked 74'), Dylan Fage (Sido Jombati 78'), Harrison Clarke; Ben Garrity, Davis Keillor-Dunn, Alfie McCalmont, Brice Ntambwe; Danny Rowe, Conor McAleny (Jordan Barnett 71'). Subs (not used): Lawrence Bilboe (GK), Callum Whelan, Raphael Diarra, Vani Da Silva, Thomas Hamer.

GOALS: McAleny (18'), Rowe (47'). 

REFEREE: Martin Coy (Durham).

MATCH OFFICIALS

Anthony Backhouse has taken charge of 14 matches this season - handing out 42 yellow cards and one red in the process. During these fixtures, he has also awarded seven penalties.

The Cumbria-based referee has officiated at Wembley Stadium when he took charge of Forest Green Rovers' 3-1 win over Tranmere Rovers in the 2017 National League Play-Off final. 

Backhouse will be assisted by Abbas Khan and Richard Wigglesworth on Saturday afternoon, with Conor Brown the fourth official.

BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET

Supporters can back the Bantams for victory tomorrow afternoon with Sky Bet.

City to win and both teams to score is available at 9/2, with Clayton Donaldson to open the scoring available at 5/1.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change. Please gamble responsibly.

KIT COLOURS

The Bantams will wear their traditional claret and amber strip, with the Latics in their blue and white home colours.

Oldham: Blue / White / Blue and White

City: Claret and Amber / Black / Black


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