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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CITY v OLDHAM ATHLETIC

27 November 2020

The Bantams are back in Emirates FA Cup action, hosting Oldham Athletic at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

Harry Kewell’s side secured their place in the second round with a narrow 3-2 victory away to Hampton and Richmond Borough.

This is the second of three meetings between the two sides in just over a month, with City travelling to Boundary Park in Sky Bet League Two on December 12.

We have put together a Big Match Preview to take you through all the key information you will need - ahead of this Emirates FA Cup clash.

HOW TO WATCH

Supporters will be able to catch every minute of the game LIVE on BBC Sport's online and digital platforms.

To watch, tune into either BBC iPlayer the BBC Sport website or press the BBC Red Button. 

As this game is being broadcast live, no external stream will be available via iFollow. 

TEAM NEWS

City: Stuart McCall will be boosted by the returns of Bryce Hosannah and Callum Cooke, who are both fit and available having recovered from recent injuries. 

Gareth Evans is also in line to feature, having sat out of Tuesday's defeat at Leyton Orient. 

Reece Staunton will not make the tie. The young defender is set for a scan on a hamstring injury which saw him withdrawn in midweek. 

Latics: The Latics will be without young defender Kyle Jameson who misses out through injury. Harrison Clarke is also a doubt for Saturday.

Striker Conor McAleny could make his first start back from injury after coming off the bench to help the Latics win 4-3 away at Barrow on Tuesday evening.

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

McCall: "We spoke straight after the Leyton Orient game about how we wanted to get going again immediately - and how we are looking forward to trying to book our place in the next round.

"It could be another open, exciting game, and we are focussed on another solid performance - with a good balance of being solid at the back and dangerous going forward.

“We looked strong in defence on Tuesday for the most part, so need to keep that, and were good going forward against Exeter. It is about finding a middle ground between the two.”

LAST TIME OUT

The Bantams fell to a 3-1 defeat to Oldham in the Papa John’s Trophy earlier this month. Two late goals from Alfie McCalmont secured the win for the visitors.

Bradford City 1 (Will Sutton OG 60’)

Oldham Athletic 3 (Davis Keillor-Dunn 7’, Alfie McCalmont 84’, 90+3)

Tuesday November 10

Referee: James Oldham (Lancashire)

CITY: Sam Hornby; Tyler French, Jorge Sikora, Paudie O’Connor (Reece Staunton 46’), Ben Richards-Everton ©, Jackson Longridge; Levi Sutton, Finn Cousin-Dawson, Kian Scales; Dylan Mottley-Henry, Connor Shanks. Subs (not used): Richard O’Donnell, Charlie Wood, Olivier Sukiennicki.

LATICS: Ian Lawlor; Sido Jombati, William Sutton, Raphaël Diarra (Kyle Jameson 72’); Thomas Hamer (c); Davis Keillor-Dunn, Alfie McCalmont, Callum Whelan, Dylan Bahamboula (Vani Da Silva 61’); Danny Rowe, Dylan Blackwood (Benjamin Garrity 72’). Subs (not used): Mackenzie Chapman, Robert Grant, Dylan Fage, Benjamin Hough.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Martin Coy will take charge of Saturday’s fixture. The Durham-based referee has officiated nine games this season, awarding 23 yellow cards and two reds. 

Saturday’s match will be the second Emirates FA Cup game that Coy has taken charge of this season, with the first being Chorley’s 3-2 victory away at Wigan Athletic in round one.

Coy has officiated the Bantams once this season when Stuart McCall’s side beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 - in the Carabao Cup first round.

He will be assisted by Matthew Bristow and Joe Simpson at the weekend, with Lewis Smith the fourth official. 

BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET

Supporters can back the Bantams for victory tomorrow afternoon with Sky Bet.

City to win and is 13/10 with Billy Clarke 5/1 favourite to open the scoring.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change. Please gamble responsibly.

KIT COLOURS

City will be back in their traditional claret and amber strip tomorrow afternoon, with the visitors in their blue and white home colours.

City: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

Oldham: Blue / White / Blue and White


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