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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CITY v LEYTON ORIENT

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City return to the Utilita Energy Stadium with a 3.00pm visit of Leyton Orient in Sky Bet League Two tomorrow. 

The Bantams will be looking to record their third-straight home victory against the O's, while bouncing back from defeat at Salford City last week. 

Ross Embleton's side have endured a difficult campaign thus far and currently sit 17th in the table.

We have compiled a Big Match Preview packed full of everything you need to know ahead of the encounter…

TEAM NEWS

City: Stuart McCall should again be able to call upon Paudie O'Connor, who netted in a midweek behind-closed-doors friendly at Premier League side Burnley. 

Zeli Ismail is still sidelined with a back problem, though Kurtis Guthrie returned to training on Thursday and could be in contention. 

Leyton Orient: Jordan Maguire-Drew and Danny Wilkinson will be expected to keep their places up front, after netting in Orient's 2-1 victory over Cambridge United last Saturday. 

Club captain Jobi McAnuff could also feature again, having come off the bench for his first appearance of the season - following a lengthy injury lay-off - against the U's. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Stuart McCall: "At home, they have had a good run and look threatening - having watched some of their games back.

"They have not got a lot left to play for this season but are playing for their livelihoods, personal pride and contracts.

"We have to concentrate on how we are going to go about the game - which we have done - and hope it will be enough to get us the three points."

Ross Embleton: "Bradford is a daunting place to go and a place that, as a player, you thrive on going and playing football.

"When it gets going there - with the crowds like that - it is a great place to play your football.

"We will certainly be going there looking to make it a little bit quieter."

LAST TIME OUT

The Bantams' last meeting with Leyton Orient, and first since 2015, came in this season's return fixture, back in December. 

Despite moutnng City pressure towards the end, the two sides played out a goalless draw. 

Leyton Orient 0

Bradford City 0 

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday December 14th 2019

Attendance: 6,015 (997 visitors).

City: Richard O’Donnell; Adam Henley, Kelvin Mellor, Anthony O’Connor (booked 20’), Paudie O’Connor, Connor Wood; Callum Cooke, Jake Reeves (Matt Palmer 79’), Chris Taylor (Harry Pritchard 69’); Aramide Oteh (Shay McCartan 86'), James Vaughan (c). Subs (not used): George Sykes-Kenworthy (GK), Ben Richards-Everton, Zeli Ismail, Dylan Connolly, Shay McCartan.

Orient: Sam Sergeant; Myles Judd, Jamie Turley, Marvin Ekpiteta, Dan Happe; Jordan Maguire-Drew (James Brophy 80’), Craig Clay, Josh Wright (c, booked 87'), George Marsh; Conor Wilkinson, Lee Angol. Subs (not used): Dean Brill (GK), Dale Gorman, Josh Coulson, James Dayton, Matt Harrold, Hector Kyprianou.

MATCH OFFICIALS
 
Graham Salisbury has taken charge of 28 matches so far, this season, issuing 87 yellow cards and three reds. 
 
The Lancashire official oversaw the Bantams' visit of Port Vale in October and has been in the middle of a Leyton Orient game as early as last month, when they triumphed 3-0 at Stevenage on February 1. 
 
Salisbury will be flanked by Simon Clayton and Billy Smallwood, with Helen Edwards 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 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.

Stuart McCall's men are currently placed as heavy 23/20 favourites for victory against Orient. 

City's Lee Novak is favourite 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 claret and amber home strip against the Londoners, who will don their blue away colours. 

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

Leyton Orient: Blue / Blue / Blue


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