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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CRAWLEY v CITY

10 January 2020

The Bantams contest consecutive away fixtures tomorrow - travelling to Crawley Town. 

Gary Bowyer's men look to extend their unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two to nine matches in the 3.00pm contest. 

John Yems' Red Devils currently sit 16th in the division, after a 19th-place finish last season. 

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

TEAM NEWS

City: Bantams boss Gary Bowyer could opt to start Sky Bet League Two top scorer Eoin Doyle against the Red Devils. 

The prolific Irishman has netted 23 goals so far this season and was recalled from his loan spell at Swindon earlier this week. 

Jamie Devitt is nearing match fitness, though Bowyer could still be waiting on the likes of Harry Pritchard and Kelvin Mellor. 

Crawley: John Yems could field a similar 11 to the one which earned a point against high-flying Forest Green Rovers, last weekend. 

Ricardo German will be again avilable for selection, after returning from a loan spell at Hemel Hempsted. 

Young striker Brian Galach will not play, however, having joined Billericay Town on loan for a month. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Gary Bowyer: “It is important for us now to keep building the momentum we formed and keep this run going, beginning at Crawley.

“They have a good squad and a new manager in John Yems who has gone there and really put his stamp on them.

“We are looking to build on last week’s performance because we know, especially in the second half, we created a lot of chances and had lots of the possession."

LAST TIME OUT

The return fixture - earlier this season - saw the Bantams record their third-consecutive victory, with a 2-1 win over the Red Devils at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

Daniel Devine's first professional goal gave Gary Bowyer's men a two-goal advantage, before Crawley mustered a late consolation through Reece Grego-Cox. 

Bradford City 2 (Harry Pritchard 18', Daniel Devine 48')

Crawley Town 1 (Reece Grego-Cox 81')

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday October 19th 2019

Attendance: 13,813 (130 visitors)

Referee: Will Finnie

City: Richard O'Donnell; Adam Henley, Anthony O'Connor, Ben Richards-Everton, Connor Wood; Callum Cooke (booked 45+4'), Hope Akpan, Harry Pritchard (Daniel Devine 46'); Zeli Ismail (Kelvin Mellor 84'), James Vaughan (c, booked 69'), Aramide Oteh (booked 45+5', Shay McCartan 71'). Subs (not used): George Sykes-Kenworthy (GK), Paudie O'Connor, Jermaine Anderson, Omari Patrick. 

Crawley: Glenn Morris; Lewis Young (c, booked 26'), Jordan Tunnicliffe, Tom Dallison (booked 37'), Josh Doherty (David Sesay 64'); Tarryn Allarakhia, Panutche Camara (Ashley Nathaniel-George 54'), Nathan Ferguson, Bez Lubala; Mason Bloomfield (Gyliano van Velzen 75'), Reece Grego-Cox. Subs (not used): Michael Luyambula, Jamie Sendels-White, Brian Galach, Denzeil Boadu. 

 
MATCH OFFICIALS
 
Neil Hair has overseen 17 matches so far, this season, issuing 57 yellow cards and three reds. 
 
The official will be taking charge of a City match for the first time in his career, having been in the middle of three Crawley games last season. 
 
Hair will be flanked by Nicholas Cooper and Dean Treleaven, with Gareth Viccars on fourth official duty. 
 
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.

Gary Bowyer's men head into the tie as 11/8 favourites for victory. 

Returning striker Eoin Doyle is favourite to break the deadlock, priced at 7/2. 

City fans can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change.

KIT COLOURS

The Bantams will wear their white change strip in consecutive games for the first time this season, while the hosts will don their red home colours. 

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

Crawley: Red / Red / Red


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