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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CITY v STEVENAGE

25 September 2020

The Bantams continue their 2020/21 Sky Bet League Two campaign at the Utilita Energy Stadium - with a 3.00pm visit of Stevenage on Saturday September 26 (3.00pm). 

City made a strong start to the 2020/21 season with a 2-1 victory at Bolton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup, however Stuart McCall’s side are still on the search for their first three points of the season, after drawing 0-0 with Colchester United and 2-2 with Forest Green Rovers. 

The Boro finished 24th in the table last season, though kept their place in the EFL after Macclesfield Town's points deduction.

However, the Hertfordshire side have made a promising start to the 2020/21 season by grabbing four points from a possible six. 

We have compiled a Big Match Preview full of everything you need to know ahead of the Sky Bet League Two clash. 

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 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 will be without the services of Anthony O'Connor and Paudie O'Connor for the 3.00pm clash, with both central defenders suspended.

The Bantams boss will however be able to choose upon Ben Richards-Everton and Levi Sutton - who return from illness and suspension respectively. 

Reece Staunton faces a late fitness test for City, after hobbling off at Forest Green with an ankle problem. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Stuart McCall: "Stevenage have had a good start to the season, with four points out of six in the league.

"I have a lot of respect for their manager, Alex Revell, who has done a good job since arriving there. 

"They will certainly be in a good space and will be coming a lot different to how they did when we beat them last season, and they were struggling.

"They have a much-changed squad and a different manager, so we are expecting a completely different challenge."

LAST TIME OUT

The last time these two sides met was on Saturday February 11, with City coming out on top at the Utilita Energy Stadium - in Stuart McCall's second game back in charge. 

Bradford City 3

Stevenage 1

Sky Bet League Two 

Saturday 11 February 2020

CITY: Richard O’Donnell ©; Adam Henley, Ben Richards-Everton, Anthony O’Connor, Connor Wood; Jake Reeves, Shay McCartan (Chris Taylor 85’), Hope Akpan (Harry Pritchard 69’), Dylan Mottley-Henry; Kurtis Guthrie (Dylan Connolly 72’), Lee Novak. Subs (not used): Luke McGee (GK); Paudie O’Connor, Chris Taylor, Glenn Middleton, Clayton Donaldson.

GOALS: Shay McCartan (49’, 54’), Lee Novak (90+4).

STEVENAGE: Paul Farman; Paul Digby, Scott Cuthbert ©, Tom Soares, Charlie Carter; Canice Carroll (Jake Cassidy 83’), Diaguely Dabo, Ben Nugent (booked 6’), Tyler Denton; Daniel Kemp (booked 20’), David Parkhouse (Ben Folami 70’). Subs (not used): Sacha Bastien (GK); Arthur Iontton, Dean Parrett, Adam El-Abd, Charlie Lakin.

GOALS: Charlie Carter (26’).

MATCH OFFICIALS 

Ollie Yates dished out 105 yellow cards and seven red cards last season. 

The man in the middle will be assisted by Geoffery Liddle and Paul Newhouse, with Aaron Jackson taking the role of fourth official. 

BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET

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

Lee Novak to score first is 7/2 on, while City to win and both teams to score is available - with a price boost - at 5/1. 

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 don their claret-and-amber striped home kit, with Stevenage in their traditional white and red colours.

City: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

Stevenage: White and Red / Red and White / Red


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