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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CITY v STEVENAGE

10 February 2020

City are preparing to take on their second home game in four days, when welcoming Stevenage tomorrow (7.45pm). 

Stuart McCall will be looking to record his first victory since returning as manager, after a 1-1 draw against Grimsby Town at the Utilita Energy Stadium on Saturday. 

Stevenage have endured a difficult campaign thus far and are sat bottom of Sky Bet League Two - having lost their last four matches. 

We have compiled a Big Match Preview packed full of everything you need to know ahead of the encounter...

TEAM NEWS

City: Stuart McCall could name a similar side to the one which was pegged back to a 1-1 against Grimsby Town draw on Saturday. 

Lee Novak is expected to keep his place after starring and scoring on his debut, though Kelvin Mellor remains sidelined. 

Zeli Ismail could be fit enough to play a part, and Glenn Middleton could make his City debut. 

Stevenage: The travelling Hertfordshire outfit could too be expected to name a similar side to the one which was narrowly beaten 2-1 at high-flying Exeter City, on Saturday. 

Midfielder Dan Kemp could keep his place in Graham Westley's side, having pulled Boro level at St James Park. 

The West Ham United loanee is one of a few January signings to have impressed since arriving. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Stuart McCall: "Stevenage have had a tough time of late but battled really hard against Exeter, at the weekend.

"They have brought three or four good players in on loan in January from the Premier League and we have looked at them in detail.

"As always, I am focussed on us and am more concerned about what we can do on the pitch to give ourselves the best chance of winning the game."

LAST TIME OUT

City’s last meeting with Stevenage came in the return fixture, in August. 

The Bantams moved into the automatic promotion places after recording back-to-back victories, in their fourth league outing of the season

Stevenage 0

Bradford City 1 (Tom Soares 42' OG)

Sky Bet League Two

Tuesday August 20th 2019

Attendance: 2,883.

Referee: Christopher Pollard. 

Stevenage: Paul Farman; Luther James-Wildin, Kelland Watts, Tom Soares (c), Luis Fernandez (Joel Rollinson 85'), Chris Stokes; Paul Taylor (Ben Kennedy 60'), Noor Husin, Joel Byrom (Jack Smith 81'); Danny Newton, Kurtis Guthrie. Subs (not used): Sacha Bastien (GK), Jason Cowley, Jamie Fielding, Arthur Iontton

City: Richard O'Donnell; Kelvin Mellor, Anthony O'Connor, Ben Richards-Everton, Adam Henley (Hope Akpan 28', booked 84'); Sean Scannell (Omari Patrick 74'), Daniel Devine, Matt Palmer, Connor Wood; James Vaughan (c, booked 48'), Clayton Donaldson. Subs (not used): Sam Hornby (GK), Paudie O'Connor, Tyler French, Jermaine Anderson, Luca Colville.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Peter Wright has overseen 24 matches so far this season, issuing 74 yellow cards and three reds. 

The official took charge of Boro's trip to Port Vale in October, though will be in the middle of a City fixture for the first-ever time in his career. 

Wright will be assisted by Simon Clayton and David Benton, with Mark Cunliffe 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.

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 evening - with Sky Bet.

Stuart McCall's men are currently placed as heavy 17/20 favourites to overcome Boro.

City fans can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change.

KIT COLOURS

City will be back in their home strip of claret and amber stripes while Stevenage will wear their home colours of red and white.

City: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

Stevenage: Red and White / Red / White


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