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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: SCUNTHORPE UNITED v CITY

17 January 2020

The Bantams return to Sky Bet League Two action tomorrow afternoon, hosting Scunthorpe United (3.00pm). 

Gary Bowyer's men will be looking to return to winning ways after their eight-game unbeaten run was ended at Crawley Town, last week. 

Scunny sit 15th in the Sky Bet League Two table, having won just one of their past five matches. 

We have compiled a Big Match Preview with everytherything you need to know ahead of the clash...
 
TEAM NEWS 
 
City: New signing Luke McGee coould be in line to make his Bantams debut for the visit of Scunthorpe. 
 
The goalkeeper signed yesterday following the news Richard O'Donnell would miss up to four weeks through injury. 

Kelvin Mellor and Harry Pritchard could also return to the side following recent injury setbacks. 

Scunthorpe: Striker Lee Novak will play no part having got sent off in the Iron's last game at Newport. 

This opens the door for former Bantams Jamie Proctor and George Miller to potentially start up front for the visitors. 

Other ex-City stars Rory McArdle and Alex Gilliead could also be in line to play against Gary Bowyer's side. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Gary Bowyer: “He has shown what a quality manager he is and has a big rebuilding job on his hands at Scunthorpe.

“He will be looking at this transfer window to further help Scunthorpe’s progress.

“They did not start the season off great, but have some good players and will provide a big test for us.”

Paul Hurst: "Bradford have some good players and have been up there challenging. There will be a big crowd at the game, which hopefully the players will thrive off.

"They were eight unbeaten prior to last week, and it is very rare a team goes on runs much longer than that.

"Clearly, like any team they will want to get back to winning ways, especially in front of their own fans. Our job is to go there to try and make sure it does not happen."

LAST TIME OUT 

The Bantams' return fixture with the Iron came at the Sands Venue Stadium in September. 

After falling a goal down, City rescued a point thanks to Paudie O'Connor's second-half equaliser. 

Scunthorpe United 1 (Jamie Ward 13' pen)

Bradford City 1 (Paudie O'Connor 56')

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday September 28th 2019

Attendance: 4,554

Referee: Rob Lewis

Scunthorpe: Rory Watson; James Perch, Harrison McGahey, Rory McArdle, Junior Brown; Alex Gilliead, Yann Songo’o (yellow 90+3'), Matty Lund (red 19’), Ryan Colclough (Andy Dales 86'); Regan Slater (Kgosi Ntlhe 67’); Jamie Ward (yellow 68’, Lee Novak 77'). Subs (not used): Jake Eastwood (GK), Lee Novak, Levi Sutton, George Miller, Abo Eisa.

City: Richard O’Donnell; Kelvin Mellor, Paudie O’Connor (yellow 71’), Anthony O’Connor, Connor Wood; Dylan Connolly (Aramide Oteh 80'), Callum Cooke, Matt Palmer (Hope Akpan 26’, yellow 90+2'), Harry Pritchard; James Vaughan (yellow 90+3'), Clayton Donaldson (Shay McCartan 90+2'). Subs (not used): Sam Hornby (GK), Tyler French, Adam Henley, Daniel Devine.

MATCH OFFICIALS 

Anthony Backhouse has overseen 22 games so far this season, issuing 73 yellow cards and three reds. 

The Cumbrian oversaw City's 1-0 victories over Walsall and Newport County earlier in the season, as well as Scunthorpe's 0-0 draw with Stevenage in November. 

He will be flanked by Peter Gooch and Danny Gratton, with Barry Gordon 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.

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 City legend Gary Jones 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.

Gary Bowyer's men enter as heavy 10/11 favourites to take all three points, with Eoin Doyle 16/5 favourite to break the deadlock. 

City fans can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change.

KIT COLOURS

The Bantams will be in their claret and amber home strip for the encounter, with Scunthorpe in their change green colours. 

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

Scunthorpe: Green / White / Green


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