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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: MANSFIELD v CITY

16 October 2020

The Bantams are back on the road in Sky Bet League Two with a 3.00pm trip to Mansfield Town tomorrow (Saturday October 17). 

Stuart McCall will be looking for a reaction from his side after they fell to their first league defeat of the 2020/21 campaign at home to Harrogate Town on Monday. 

The Stags are yet to record a victory in the league so far this season, and sit 21st in the table. 

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 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: Austin Samuels could make his full City debut after appearing from the bench against Harrogate Town.

Paudie O'Connor is unavailable as he serves the final game of his three-match ban, while Zeli Ismail remains sidelined. 

Gareth Evans is also ruled out of the clash having been withdrawn with a hamstring problem at half-time of the Harrogate encounter, while the Bantams have doubts over several more players. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Stuart McCall: "It will be a tough challenge because Mansfield play three big centre-backs and a holding midfielder, which we obviously have to consider.

"They put in a solid performance last week against Stevenage, and got a 0-0 draw, which I went to watch.

"We always look at how we can hurt the opposition and we have to go to Mansfield looking to do the same."

PREVIOUS MEETING

City's last meeting with Mansfield came in January, just over a month prior to the curtailment of the 2019/20 season.

Gary Bowyer's side was condemned to a 3-0 defeat at the One Call Stadium.  

Mansfield Town 3 (Rose 7’, Maynard 43’, Cook 77')

Bradford City 0

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday January 25th 2020

Attendance: 5,537 (1,467 visitors)

Referee: Will Finnie

City: Luke McGee; Adam Henley (Clayton Donaldson 76'), Anthony O’Connor, Ben Richards-Everton, Connor Wood; Dylan Connolly, Jake Reeves (c, booked 22’, Jamie Devitt 57’), Chris Taylor, Harry Pritchard (Kelvin Mellor 57’); Shay McCartan (booked 40’), Eoin Doyle. Subs (not used): George Sykes-Kenworthy (GK), Paudie O’Connor, Callum Cooke, Aramide Oteh.

Mansfield: Bobby Olejnik; Joe Riley, Krystian Pearce (c), Ryan Sweeney, Mal Benning (booked 89'); Alex MacDonald, Neal Bishop, Harry Charsley (Will Tomlinson 84'), CJ Hamilton; Nicky Maynard (Andy Cook 73'), Danny Rose (Jimmy Knowles 73'). Subs (not used): Aidan Stone (GK), Matt Preston, Otis Khan, James Clarke.

BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET

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

The hosts are currently 23/20 favourites to take all three points, with two price boosts on offer. 

Fans 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 sport their Fusion Grey third strip in Nottinghamshire, with the Stags in their traditional amber and blue home colours. 

City: Fusion Grey / Fusion Grey / Fusion Grey

Mansfield: Amber / Blue / Amber and Blue


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