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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: BRADFORD CITY v COLCHESTER UNITED

11 September 2020

The Bantams return to competitive action at the Utilita Energy Stadium for the first time in over six months tomorrow - with a 3.00pm visit of Colchester United. 

Stuart McCall's side have made a strong start to 2020/21 in cup competition, beating Bolton Wanderers 2-1 to advance to the second round of the Carabao Cup before picking up a point in Northern Group F of the EFL Trophy with a 0-0 draw at Sky Bet League One Doncaster Rovers. 

The U's achieved a play-off finish in Sky Bet League Two last season, losing to beaten finalists Exeter City at the semi-final stage. 

We've compiled a Big Match Preview full of everything you need to know ahead of the start of the Sky Bet League Two season. 

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' 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 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

TEAM NEWS

Stuart McCall has near-full squad to choose from, with only Connor Shanks missing out through injury after picking up a knock against Doncaster Rovers.

Zeli Ismail will return to the fold after returning a negative COVID-19 test on Tuesday evening.

Levi Sutton remains unavailable for selection due to a suspension carrying over from the 2019/20 season, with the midfielder due to return for the Bantams against Stevenage on Saturday September 26.

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Stuart McCall: “We have done our research on Colchester and we know what to expect.

“I watched their game at Reading last week in the Carabao Cup and they performed really well despite defeat.

“They have three fast attacking players up front and I have seen enough of them to know where their main threats are. 

“They will be coming to try win the game but we have to just focus on ourselves.”

LAST TIME OUT

The Bantams and Colchester United played out a goalless draw in a hard-fought encounter at the JobServe Community Stadium in January.

Colchester United 0

Bradford City 0

Sky Bet League Two

Tuesday 21 January 2020

CITY: Luke McGee; Kelvin Mellor (booked 87’), Ben Richards-Everton, Anthony O’Connor, Adam Henley; Jake Reeves ©, Dylan Connolly, Connor Wood, Chris Taylor; Eoin Doyle, Shay McCartan (booked 45’, Harry Pritchard 77'). Subs (not used): George Sykes-Kenworthy (GK); Paudie O’Connor, Hope Akpan, Aramide Oteh, Jamie Devitt, Callum Cooke. 

COLCHESTER: Dean Gerken; Ryan Jackson, Luke Prosser, Harry Pell, Theo Robinson (Luke Norris 83’); Brandon Comley (booked 89’), Callum Harriott (Luke Gambin 83’)(booked 36’), Tom Eastman, Ryan Clampin (booked 86’); Frank Nouble (Courtney Senior 47’), Kwame Poku. Subs (not used): Ethan Ross (GK); Tom Lapslie, Omar Sowunmi, Ben Stevenson, Luke Gambin. 

MATCH OFFICIALS

Ross Joyce took charge of 27 games in the 2019/20 season, handing out 114 yellow cards and sending off three players.

The Teeside-based referee will be assisted by Barry Gordon and Chris Isherwood, with Robert Atkin appointed as fourth official.

BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET

City supporters can back their team for victory at the weekend with Sky Bet.

Kurtis Guthrie to score anytime is available at 21/10, and City to win and both teams to score is available at 5/1.

Fans can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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

KIT COLOURS

The Bantams will once again don their claret and amber home strip, with Colchester in a white and camouflaged grey change kit. 

City: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

Colchester: White and Grey / Grey / White


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