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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: DONCASTER ROVERS v BRADFORD CITY

7 September 2020

The Bantams return to action with an EFL Trophy clash against Sky Bet League One side Doncaster Rovers tomorrow evening (7.30pm).

City will look to continue their perfect start to the 2020/21 campaign following Saturday’s 2-1 win over fellow Sky Bet League Two side Bolton Wanderers.

We have compiled a Big Match Preview full of in-depth pre-match analysis - ahead of the encounter. 

HOW TO WATCH

Supporters will be able to catch every minute of the game LIVE 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 6.30pm.

Overseas supporters will be able to watch this fixture via an iFollow International Video Season Pass as part of their package.

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 a fully fit squad to choose from for the EFL Trophy encounter.

Summer signing Levi Sutton could make his City debut, after missing out against Bolton Wanderers through a suspension carrying over from the 2019/20 season.

Dylan Mottley-Henry could also return to the Bantams squad after missing out through injury at the weekend, while Connor Shanks, Finn Cousin-Dawson and Kian Scales could make their professional debuts. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Stuart McCall: “We will look to make some changes for the fixture. The lads who were on the bench at Bolton Wanderers will play and a couple of the young lads will start, too.

“Winning is a habit, so we want to go to Doncaster and put in a good performance and try to win the match.

“We had a good game against them in pre-season and are looking forward to facing them again."

LAST TIME OUT

Stuart McCall’s men narrowly lost out 4-3 to Rovers in a behind-closed-doors pre-season friendly at the Utilita Energy Stadium last month.

Goals from Kurtis Guthrie (2) and Billy Clarke were not enough to save the Bantams from defeat.

Bradford City 3 (Billy Clarke 49’, Kurtis Guthrie 61’, 70’)

Doncaster Rovers 4 (Trialist 1 22’, Okenabirhie 65’, 82’, James Coppinger 9’)

Pre-Season Friendly 

Tuesday 18th August 2020 

CITY: Richard O’Donnell (Sam Hornby 60’); Paudie O’Connor (Ben Richards-Everton 45’), Anthony O’Connor (Levi Sutton 60’), Harry Pritchard (Connor Shanks 60’), Callum Cooke (Kian Scales 60’); Clayton Donaldson (Lee Novak 45’), Zeli Ismail (Tyler French 60’), Billy Clarke (Kurtis Guthrie 59’), Elliot Watt (Jorge Sikora 60’); Reece Staunton (Finn Cousin-Dawson 60’), Connor Wood (Jackson Longridge 60’).

DONCASTER FIRST HALF: Louis Jones; Danny Amos, Ben Blythe, Tom Anderson, Brad Halliday; Jason Lokilo, Ben Whiteman, Trialist 1, Trialist 2; Trialist 3, Liam Ravenhill.

DONCASTER SECOND HALF: Trialist 4 (GK); AJ Greaves, Joe Wright, Branden Horton, Danny Amos; Lirak Hasani, Madger Gomes, Jon Taylor, James Coppinger; Fejiri Okenabirhie, Trialist 5.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Sebastian Stockbridge took charge of 28 games in the 2019/20 season, handing out 91 yellow cards and sending off three players.

The Tyne-based official was the man in the middle for City’s 1-1 draw with Cheltenham Town in January 2020, showing red to Jamie Devitt inside 45 minutes for two bookable offences.

Stockbridge will be assisted by Andrew Hendly and Lisa Rashid, with Daniel Middleton appointed as fourth official.

BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET

City supporters can back their team for victory tomorrow with Sky Bet by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change.

KIT COLOURS

City's navy and claret away strip will make its competitive debut in South Yorkshire, with the hosts in their traditional colours of red and white.

City: Navy and Claret with White Detail / Navy with Claret and White Detail / Navy with Claret and White Detail

Doncaster: White with Red Hoops / Red / Red


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