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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CAMBRIDGE v CITY

14 February 2020

City return to Sky Bet League Two action on the road tomorrow, travelling to Cambridge United. 

Stuart McCall takes his side on their first away trip since returning to the club, with action set to get underway from 3.00pm.

The U's have enjoyed a recent revival under cartaker manager Mark Bonner and have won their last three games. 

The Abbey Stadium outfit currently sit 12th and are on course to improve upon last season's 21st-place finish. 

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

TEAM NEWS

City: Stuart McCall will be hopeful on the fitness of Adam Henley who - despite taking a knock in midweek - completed 90 minutes. 

In-form Lee Novak is expected to keep his place up front for the Bantams, while Shay McCartan could start after netting twice against Stevenage. 

January loan signing Glenn Middleton will be hoping to play some part for the Bantams, with him still yet to make his debut in claret and amber since moving from Rangers. 

Cambridge: Saturday's hosts could be without midfielder Liam O'Neil who was withdrawn with injury during Tuesday night's victory over Scunthorpe United. 

Paul Mullin could start up front after impressing since signing on loan from Tranmere Rovers last month. 

Luke Hannant remains a long-term absentee but, besides that, the U's could line up similarly to in recent games. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Stuart McCall: "Since Colin Calderwood left, Cambridge have won three games on the bounce, so are obviously playing with confidence.

"The conditions should be a little easier than they were on Tuesday, but we have to make sure we make it difficult for them.

"We have to set up well and, first and foremost, focus on coming back here with another three points."

Mark Bonner: "We go into the game with Bradford with an understanding of how tough the fixture will be.

"They will be buoyed by their result on Tuesday night, but we need to make sure we have the same drive and put in the hard work that has produced the last three results. 

"Between now and Saturday, the focus has to remain exactly the same, to keep up the momentum we have built. It would be dangerous to change our mindset."

LAST TIME OUT

City's last meeting with the U's came in the return fixture on the opening day of the 2019/20 campaign. 

The sides played out a goalless draw at the Utilita Energy Stadium, both beginning their respective campaigns with a point apiece. 

Bradford City 0 

Cambridge United 0

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday August 3rd 2019

Attendance: 14,810. 

Referee: Ollie Yates (Staffordshire).

City: Richard O’Donnell; Kelvin Mellor (booked 82’), Anthony O’Connor, Ben Richards-Everton, Adam Henley (Jackson Longridge 80’); Jordan Gibson, Matt Palmer, Jermaine Anderson (Danny Devine 63’); Eoin Doyle (Sean Scannell 76’); James Vaughan (c) (booked 74’), Clayton Donaldson (booked 88’). Subs (not used): Sam Hornby (GK), Tyler French, Connor Wood, Luca Colville.

Cambridge: Dimitar Mitov; Kyle Knoyle, Greg Taylor (c), George Taft, Dan Jones (Harrison Dunk 68’); Luke Hannant, Liam O’Neil (sent off 61’), Paul Lewis, Reggie Lambe (George Maris 68’); Andrew Dallas (Sam Smith 63’), Jabo Ibehre. Subs (not used): Callum Burton (GK), Harry Darling, Leon Davies, Tom Knowles.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Nick Kinseley has overseen 18 matches so far this season, issuing 57 yellow cards and six reds.

The Essex official - based mainly in the south of England - oversaw Cambridge's 2-1 victory over Crawley Town in November, though will be in the middle of a City encounter for the first time in two years. 

Kinseley will be flanked by Nicholas Cooper and Paul Lister, with Wayne Cartmel in as fourth official. 

MATCH COVERAGE

Supporters unable to make it to the Abbey 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 the Bantams for victory tomorrow with Sky Bet.

Both sides are placed at 13/8 to claim three points, with City's Lee Novak 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 white change strip for their trip to Cambridgeshire, who will be wearing their home colours of amber and black.

City: White with Claret and Amber / White with Claret Detail / White with Claret Detail

Cambridge: Amber / Black / Black


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