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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CITY v PLYMOUTH

28 February 2020

City return to Sky Bet League Two action with a 3.00pm visit of Plymouth Argyle, on Saturday. 

The Bantams will be looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats - to keep play-off hopes alive. 

Ryan Lowe's high-flying Pilgrims sit fourth in the league table, just four points off top having remained undefeated in their last four encounters. 

The Home Park outfit suffered relegation from Sky Bet League One, alongside the Bantams, 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: Stuart McCall will be hoping to recall the likes of Callum Cooke - who has spent the last two matches sidelined with a back problem. 

Clayton Donaldson could keep his place up front, after scoring in last week's trip to Newport County. 

And Kelvin Mellor will be hoping to play a part against his former club, having missed over a month with a knee problem. 

Plymouth: Ryan Lowe will again be without Josh Grant, who missed last week's visit of Cambridge United. 

The on-loan Chelsea defender is still in West London undergoing rehabilitation for an injury. 

The Pilgrims do have the likes of Ryan Hardie, Dom Telford and Will Aimson returning from the treatment room, however. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Kenny Black (assistant manager): "Plymouth have a decent squad with quality throughout - a lot of whom they have kept from their time in."

"They play a good style of attacking football so it should be a great, very entertaining game."

Ryan Lowe: "Bradford are a very good team. Stuart McCall has come in and made a couple of changes.

"There will be a big crowd at Valley Parade. That is a motivation for us."

LAST TIME OUT

City's last meeting with the Devon outfit came in the return fixture in November. 

Two first-half goals saw the Bantams unable to halt Plymouth's winning run, as they fell to a 2-1 defeat.

Plymouth Argyle 2 (Byron Moore 5', Joe Edwards 25')

Bradford City 1 (Niall Canavan 51' OG)

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday November 23rd 2019

Attendance: 9,645 (387 visitors).

City: Richard O’Donnell; Ben Richards-Everton, Anthony O’Connor, Adam Henley, Connor Wood; Harry Pritchard, Callum Cooke (booked 22’) (Kelvin Mellor 45’), Hope Akpan (Danny Devine 63’), Dylan Connolly; James Vaughan ©, Aramide Oteh (Zeli Ismail 45’). Subs (not used): George Sykes-Kenworthy (GK), Paudie O’Connor, Jake Reeves, Jermaine Anderson. 

Plymouth: Alex Palmer (booked 90+4’); Gary Sawyer ©, Scott Wootton, Niall Canavan, Antoni Sarcevic; Joe Edwards, Danny Mayor (booked 85’), Joel Grant (Ryan Taylor 84’), Byron Moore (Dom Telford 69’); Callum McFadzean (booked 54’), Josh Grant. Subs (not used): Mike Cooper (GK), Ryan Taylor, Conor Grant, Billy Clarke, Adam Randell, George Cooper. 

 
MATCH OFFICIALS
 
Carl Boyeson has taken charge of 22 matches this season, dishing out 62 yellow cards and three red. 
 
The East Yorkshire official oversaw City's 1-1 draw with Salford City just before Christmas, though has not been in the middle of a Plymouth game since their 2-1 win at Rochdale in Decemer 2018. 
 
Boyeson will be assisted by Andrew Dallison and Barry Gordon, with Matthew Dicicco 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 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.

The visitors are placed as narrow 6/4 favourites to take three points, however the Bantams' Lee Novak is 4/1 favourite to open the scoring. 

City fans can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change.

KIT COLOURS

City will be in their claret and amber home strip for the visit of Ryan Lowe side, with the away side in their traditional green and white colours. 

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

Plymouth: Green with White Trim / White with Green Trim / Green with White Trim


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