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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: MANSFIELD v CITY

24 January 2020

The Bantams contest their second-consecutive away game tomorrow, travelling to Mansfield Town. 

Gary Bowyer's side are unbeaten in their last two, though will be looking to return to winning ways in the 3.00pm clash. 

The Stags have endured a difficult campaign thus far and are currently sat in 20th place in the Sky Bet League Two table, five points above the relagation zone. 

Graham Coughlan's men will be hoping for a revival in the latter stages of the season, following a fourth-place finish last term. 

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

TEAM NEWS

City: Harry Pritchard could be in line to start after making his return from injury from the bench in Tuesday's draw at Colchester United. 

James Vaughan will again be unavailable for the Bantams as he serves the second of his two-match suspension at the One Call Stadium.

Fit-again Jamie Devitt could be pushing for a start in Nottinghamshire, while Clayton Donaldson is nearing his return from injury. 

Mansfield: New signing Harry Charsley could be in line to make his full debut for the Stags, having penned a deal from Everton last week and featured from the bench in Mansfield's loss at Plymouth Argyle. 

Will Tomlinson is unlikely to feature having suffered another setback against Forest Green Rovers two weeks ago. 

Ryan Sweeney and fit-again skipper Krystian Pearce are likely to start, though Kellan Gordon should miss out once more. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Gary Bowyer: "They played a different system in their last game against to the one they did against us, last time.

"They have some dangerous players who can hurt you and we expect a much different challenge, on Saturday.

"Graham Coughlan will have had an opportunity to work with his players more since coming in and form a system a bit more."

Graham Coughlan: "Let us be honest, we have been playing really, really well.

"We have been creating and are a joy to watch at times, offensively. But, I would settle for an ugly 1-0 win on Saturday.

"I would take any type of win, to be honest, but if we could stick a clean sheet in there as well that would maybe give us a foundation to build upon."

LAST TIME OUT

The return fixture, saw the Bantams make in six matches unbeaten with a 2-0 victory at the Utilita Energy Stadium, just after Christmas. 

A penalty in each half from skipper James Vaughan was enough to seal the points for Gary Bowyer's men. 

Bradford City 2 (James Vaughan 13' pen, 83' pen)

Mansfield Town 0

Sky Bet League Two

Sunday December 29th 2020

Attendance: 15,197 (1,141 visitors)

Referee: Ross Joyce (Cleveland).

City: Richard O’Donnell; Anthony O’Connor, Paudie O’Connor, Ben Richards-Everton; Adam Henley (booked 11’), Jake Reeves (Callum Cooke 74'), Matt Palmer, Connor Wood; Dylan Connolly (booked 63'), James Vaughan (booked 70', Aramide Oteh 87'), Shay McCartan (Chris Taylor 66'). Subs (not used): George Sykes-Kenworthy (GK), Jermaine Anderson, Zeli Ismail, Jordan Gibson.

Mansfield: Conrad Logan; James Clarke (booked 79'), Matt Preston (booked 90+5'), Ryan Sweeney (c, booked 28’, Krystian Pearce 38’, booked 48'), Mal Benning; Alex MacDonald, Willem Tomlinson (booked 60'), Danny Rose (booked 40’, Nicky Maynard 72'); Otis Khan (Jacob Mellis 61'), Andy Cook, CJ Hamilon. Subs (not used): Bobby Olejnik (GK), Krystian Pearce, Neal Bishop, Jimmy Knowles, Craig Davies.

 
MATCH OFFICIALS
 
Will Finnie has overseen 23 matches so far, this season, dishing out 86 bookings and two dismissals.
 
The official took charge of City's 2-1 victory over Crawley Town in October though, with this only his first season in the EFL, will be in the middle of a Stags game for the first-ever time. 
 
Finnie will be flanked by Leigh Crowhurst and Ollie Williams, with Matthew Smith appointed fourth official. 
 
MATCH COVERAGE

Supporters unable to make it to the One Call 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 Nick Hatton 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 hosts are currently placed as 11/8 favourites to overcome Gary Bowyer's men. 

Eoin Doyle is currently 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 wear their all-white away kit for their trip to Mansfield, who will be in their amber and blue home colours. 

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

Mansfield: Amber and Blue / Royal Blue / Amber


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