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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: OLDHAM v CITY

31 January 2020

The Bantams are set for another away encounter tomorrow, making the short trip to Oldham Athletic. 

City will be looking to return to winning ways in the 3.00pm encounter and build on a hard-fought midweek poing against Cheltenham Town. 

The Latics have endured a difficult season thus far and are currently placed 17th in the Sky Bet League Two table. 

The Boundary Park outfit will be hoping to build on a 14th-place finish in the fourth tier last term.

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

TEAM NEWS

City: Gary Bowyer will be without James Vaughan who joined Tranmere Rovers on loan for the remainder of the season - earlier this week. 

Therefore, Clayton Donaldson could again be in line to start for the Bantams, with Aramide Oteh or Shay McCartan likely to partner him. 

Bowyer will also not be able to call upon Jamie Devitt, who serves his one match suspension having been dismissed against Cheltenham Town. 

Oldham: Oldham will be without experienced midfielder David Jones after his short-term contract in Lancashire expired yesterday. 

Manchester United loanee Cameron Borthwick-Jackson could keep his place in defence after making his debut in Tuesday's victory over Mansfield Town. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Gary Bowyer: "I watched Oldham at close quarters in their game against Mansfield, on Tuesday.

"They have picked up on their form at home and will provide a big cahellenge.

"They are a good side with some good players who can hurt you, out of nothing."

Dino Maamria: "Bradford are a good team, of course. They are in the play-off positions for a reason.

"My challenge to the players this week has been to go out there and post a big win against a top-seven side.

"It is a local derby, there is a lot at stake, and a victory would give us a big boost at the start of another busy month."

LAST TIME OUT

City's last meeting with the Latics came on matchday three of the 2019/20 campaign. 

Following a dominant performance, the Bantams recorded their first victory of the season with an emphatic 3-0 triumph. 

Bradford City 3 (James Vaughan 4', Clayton Donaldson 32', Sean Scannell 72')

Oldham Athletic 0

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday August 17th 2019

Attendance: 14,447 (1,045 visitors). 

Referee: Geoff Eltringham. 

City: Richard O’Donnell; Kelvin Mellor, Anthony O’Connor, Ben Richards-Everton, Adam Henley; Sean Scannell (Omari patrick 77’), Daniel Devine (Hope Akpan 80’ (booked 90+1')), Matt Palmer, Connor Wood; James Vaughan (c) (Shay McCartan 75’), Clayton Donaldson. Subs (not used): Sam Hornby (GK), Paudie O’Connor, Tyler French, Jermaine Anderson.

Oldham: Gary Woods; Zak Mills, Sonhy Sefir, Alex Iacovitti, Ashley Smith-Brown (booked 42’) (Tom Hamer 46’); Dylan Fage, Mohamed Maouche, Mohamad Sylla, Christopher Missilou (Scott Wilson 37’), Gevaro Nepomuceno; Desire Segbe Azankpo (Chris Eagles 78’). Subs (not used): Gregor Zabret (GK), Jamie Stott, Johan Branger-Engone, Urko Vera.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Ben Toner has taken charge of 23 games so far this season, issuing 77 yellow cards and five reds. 

The Lancashire official oversaw the Bantams' first away trip of this season - at Grimsby Town - as well as Oldham's 3-0 Leasing.com Trophy defeat to Accrington Stanley, in October. 

Toner will be assisted by Billy Smallwood and Stephen Wade, with Richard Wigglesworth on fourth official duty. 

MATCH COVERAGE

Supporters unable to make it to Boundary Park 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 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.

The hosts are currently 6/4 favourites for victory, with Clayton Donaldson 9/2 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 home strip of claret and amber stripes for their trip to Lancashire, who will also be wearing their home colours of blue and white.

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

Oldham: Blue / White / Blue


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