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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CITY v NEWPORT

23 October 2020

The Bantams take on their second home fixture in the space of five days on Saturday - with a 3.00pm visit of Newport County. 

Stuart McCall will be looking to guide his side to their game unbeaten, after a victory over Mansfield Town followed by a midweek draw against Walsall. 

The high-flying Exiles will be looking to pick up their sixth Sky Bet League Two of the campaign, in just their eighth outing. 

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

HOW TO WATCH

Supporters will be able to catch every minute of the game LIVE with an iFollow video access code as part of their 'City For All' 2020/21 season ticket. 

For details on how to redeem your code and watch all the action, please view our step-by-step video guide, by CLICKING HERE

Non season-ticket holders can also stream the action by purchasing an iFollow video match pass. 

The pass - available for £10 - will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with build-up beginning from 7.00pm.

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

TEAM NEWS

City: Stuart McCall will be hoping to have Bryce Hosannah available fore selection after the right-back was withdrawn at the halfway point of his side's midweek draw with Walsall, though admitted it is unlikely. 

Reece Staunton will be available, however, after recovering from an ankle problem which has kept him out of the past two games. 

Saturday comes too early though for Gareth Evans, Levi Sutton and Zeli Ismail, who remain sidelined.

Newport: Up to four former Bantams could take to the Utilita Energy Stadium turf on Saturday for the visitors, who are managed by ex-City star Michael Flynn. 

Jamie Devitt, Jamie Proctor, Kevin Ellison and Matty Dolan are set to feature for the Exiles. 

Newport's top-scoring striker, Tristan Abrahams, will also be hoping to continue his rich vein of form in West Yorkshire. He has seven goals so far this season. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Stuart McCall: “Newport have won five out of seven and are playing at the top of their game. 

“Defensively, they are very secure and solid, so it is up to us to play on the front foot and break them down. 

“We must be positive going forward. I have never gone into a game concentrating on how we can avoid losing, and Saturday will be no different, particularly at home."

LAST TIME OUT

City’s last meeting with Newport came shortly before the curtailment of the 2019/20 season, where - having taken the lead - Stuart McCall's side were beaten 2-1 at Rodney Parade. 

Newport County 2 (Ryan Inniss 28', Scot Bennett 33')

Bradford City 1 (Clayton Donaldson 26')

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday 22 February 2020

Attendance: 3,449 (467 visitors).

CITY: Richard O’Donnell (c); Adam Henley (Paudie O’Connor 46’), Anthony O’Connor, Ben Richards-Everton, Connor Wood; Dylan Mottley-Henry, Jake Reeves (booked 90+4'), Hope Akpan (Harry Pritchard 78’), Glenn Middleton (Shay McCartan 78’); Clayton Donaldson (booked 38’), Lee Novak. Subs (not used): Luke McGee (GK), Chris Taylor, Dylan Connolly, Jordan Gibson.

NEWPORT: Tom King (booked 87’); Ryan Inniss (booked 38’), Scot Bennett, Mickey Demetriou; Robbie Willmott, Josh Sheehan (c), Dale Gorman (Kyle Howkins 79’), Otis Khan (Matthew Dolan 88’), Ryan Haynes; Jordan Green (Tristan Abrahams 73’), Jamille Matt. Subs (not used): Padraig Amond, Lewis Collins, Billy Waters, Dom Jefferies.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Declan Bourne has taken charge of four matches so far this season, dishing out 15 yellow cards. 

The official is taking on his first season as an EFL referee, having overseen non-league football for the past two seasons. 

He will be assisted by Hristo Karaivanov and Barry Gordon, with Graham Salisbury in as fourth official. 

BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET

City supporters can back the Bantams for victory tomorrow with Sky Bet. 

The visitors are currently 6/4 favourites for victory, with both Lee Novak and Tristan Abrahams joint 9/2 favourites 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

Stuart McCall’s Bantams will dress in their claret and amber home strip, while the visitors will wear their white, black and amber away strip. 

City: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

Newport: White and Black / White / Black and Amber


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