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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CITY v CHELTENHAM

27 January 2020

The Bantams contest their third game in a week tomorrow evening, hosting Cheltenham Town. 

Gary Bowyer's men look to return to winning ways in the 7.45pm encounter, against fellow promotion candidates. 

The visiting Robins currently sit 8th in Sky Bet League Two, having finished 16th last term. 

We have compiled a Big Match Preview full of in-depth pre-match analysis - ahead of the encounter. 

TEAM NEWS

City: Captain James Vaughan could be in line to make his return to the side - having completed his two-match suspension in Saturday's outing at Mansfield Town. 

Clayton Donaldson could also be pushing for a start after returning from injury at the One Call Stadium. 

Harry Pritchard could make back-to-back starts, while Matt Palmer could return. 

Cheltenham: Recent signing Owen Evans is expected to keep his place in goal for the Robins, following Scott Flnders' career-ending injury. 

Strikers Reuben Reid and Luk Varney could have a part to play having made their returns from injury in a friendly at West Bromwich Albion last week. 

Alfie May could again feature up front having signed from Doncaster Rovers this month. 

LAST TIME OUT

The return fixture against Michael Duff's side also came on a Tuesday night, in September. 

Having taken the lead early in the second half, the Bantams were edged 3-2 in a five-goal thriller in Gloucestershire. 

Cheltenham Town 3 (Gavin Reilly 59', Jake Doyle-Hayes 69', Ben Tozer 80')

Bradford City 2 (Jermaine Anderson 51', Ben Richards-Everton 76')

Sky Bet League Two

Tuesday September 17th 2019

Attendance: 2,702 (289 visitors).

Referee: Sam Purkiss.

City: Richard O’Donnell; Kelvin Mellor (yellow 90+2'), Anthony O’Connor, Ben Richards-Everton (yellow 86'), Connor Wood; Dylan Connolly (Zeli Ismail 70'), Jermaine Anderson (yellow 19’) (Callum Cooke 70'), Matt Palmer, Harry Pritchard; James Vaughan (c) (yellow 45’), Clayton Donaldson (Aramide Oteh 86'). Subs (not used): Sam Hornby (GK), Paudie O’Connor, Shay McCartan, Daniel Devine.

Cheltenham: Scott Flinders; Sean Long, Charlie Ranglan, Jacob Greaves, Chris Hussey; Ryan Broom (Chris Clements 75'), Ben Tozer (c), Conor Thomas (Daniel Bowry 88'), Jake Doyle-Hayes; Gavin Reilly (Alex Addai 81') (yellow 90+7'), Luke Varney. Subs (not used): Rhys Lovett (GK), Tahvon Campbell, George Lloyd, Jonte Smith.

MATCH OFFICIALS

 
Sebastian Stockbridge has taken charge of 23 matches this season, issuing 74 yellow cards and four reds. 
 
The Tyne man will be officiating both the Bantams and Cheltenham for the first time this season, tomorrow. 
 
He will be assisted by Richard Woodward and Christopher Ward, with David Plowright 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 guest summariser and former Bantam Greg Abbott will provide live radio commentary on 774 MW.

BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET

City supporters can back their team for victory tomorrow with Sky Bet.

Gary Bowyer's men are currently placed as heavy 23/20 favourites to overcome the Robins. 

Skipper James Vaughan and Eoin Doyle are both favourites to break the deadlock, priced at 4/1.

City fans can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change.

KIT COLOURS

City will wear their home strip of claret and amber stripes for the visit of Cheltenham, who will be in their electric blue away colours. 

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

Cheltenham: Blue / Blue / Blue


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