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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: SALFORD v CITY

20 November 2020

The Bantams travel to the Peninsula Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3.00pm) to take on Salford City in Sky Bet League Two.

Richie Wellens’ side sit 11th in the table - having won four, drawn four and lost three this season. 

The Ammies have secured four promotions in five seasons since 'The Class of '92' took over - with the club gaining promotion to Sky Bet League Two through the National League Play-Offs in 2019, beating AFC Fylde 3-0 in the final.

We have put together a Big Match Preview full of all of the key information you will need ahead of the game. 

HOW TO WATCH

Supporters will be able to catch every minute of the game LIVE by purchasing a video iFollow match pass. 

The pass - available for £10 - will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with build-up beginning from 2.00pm. 

For a step-by-step guide on how to purchase an iFollow video match pass for the fixture, please CLICK HERE

To purchase an iFollow video match pass, please CLICK HERE

PLEASE NOTE: iFollow video match passes for away Sky Bet League Two fixtures are not included with a 'City For All' 2020/21 season ticket.

TEAM NEWS

City: Stuart McCall will be boosted with the return of Levi Sutton who served the final of his three match ban against Exeter City last weekend.

Gareth Evans and Zeli Ismail are also in line to return from recent injuries, while Billy Clarke and Bryce Hosannah could pass late fitness tests. 

Callum Cooke and Lee Novak are both expected to miss out, while Kurtis Guthrie will also not be fit in time. Midfielder Cooke was withdrawn at half-time against the Grecians. 

Salford: The Ammies have some ex-Premier League players among their ranks. Darron Gibson and James Wilson both enjoyed spells at Manchester United.

George Boyd also played in the top flight, with Lancashire side Burnley. The experienced midfielder signed for Salford in the summer and has represented his country, Scotland, at international level.

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Kenny Black (assistant manager): "It has been great to have a full week and we have benefited a lot, after a run of busy games.

"We want to try and go and have a go at whoever we are playing, whether we are at home or away.

"We know we have areas within our squad which can hurt Salford. We know of their threats as well and so it should make for another good game."

LAST TIME OUT

The Bantams fell to a 2-0 defeat at the Peninsula Stadium back in March. Ashley Hunter’s strikes handed Salford all three points in the final game of the 2019/20 campaign - prior to the curtailment. 

Saturday March 7

Attendance: 3,443 (1,345 visitors)

Referee: Martin Coy

CITY: Richard O’Donnell ©; Connor Wood, Ben Richards-Everton, Anthony O’Connor, Kelvin Mellor (Clayton Donaldson 74’); Dylan Mottley-Henry (Glenn Middleton 46’), Jake Reeves, Callum Cooke, Dylan Connolly; Lee Novak, Jamie Devitt (Harry Pritchard 56’). Subs (not used): Luke McGee (GK), Shay McCartan, Adam Henley, Hope Akpan. 

SALFORD: Kyle Letheren; Ibou Touray, Oscar Threlkeld, Ash Eastham, Tom Elliot (Adam Rooney 45+1’); Richie Towell, Nathan Pond ©, Brandon Thomas-Asante (Cameron Burgess 79’), Darron Gibson (booked 52’); Ash Hunter, James Wilson (Jack Baldwin 69’). Subs (not used): Chris Neal (GK), Bruno Andrade, Craig Conway.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Carl Brook will take charge of the Bantams’ visit to the Peninsula Stadium this weekend. 

The Scottish referee has made a name for himself in the National League - having officiated 89 matches in the fifth tier. 

Brook has awarded 15 yellows and one red card in five Sky Bet League Two matches this season. He has also taken charge of two Sky Bet League One fixtures this campaign - handing out 6 yellow cards.

Brook’s assistants this weekend will be Hristo Karaivanov and David Hunt, with Tom Nield 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 both teams to score is available at a 13/2 price boost, with Clayton Donaldson at 6/1 to open the scoring for Stuart McCall's men. 

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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

KIT COLOURS

The Ammies will be in their traditional red and white home colours tomorrow afternoon, with City in their navy and claret away strip.

Salford: Red / White / White

City: Navy and Claret / Navy / Navy


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