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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: FOREST GREEN ROVERS v BRADFORD CITY

18 September 2020

The Bantams are preparing to take on their first away Sky Bet League Two encounter of the 2020/21 campaign, with a trip to Forest Green Rovers. 

Mark Cooper's men made a strong start to the league season last Saturday, beating Bolton Wanderers 1-0. 

The 3.00pm contest will be one of 10 EFL pilot fixtures being trialled over the weekend, with 1,000 home supporters being admitted at The New Lawn. 

We have compiled a Big Match Preview packed full of in-depth information and analysis ahead of the clash...

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

Stuart McCall has a near-full squad to choose from for Saturday’s away trip.

Summer signing Levi Sutton serves the final game of a suspension carried over from the 2019/20 season, though Connor Shanks should be fit after being sidelines with a recent knock. 

One member of the Bantams' squad is unlikely to travel having suffered from illness. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Stuart McCall: "It will be a difficult game. 

"Forest Green have brought players in and we know what to expect, but it is about what we focus on. 

"They started very well last season and ended up just slipping outside the play-offs."

Mark Cooper: "Bradford play in a similar way to which we play. 

"They have got some experienced players and, of course, our fans will know about Kurtis Guthrie.

"It is going to be a tough game. They have got some good players and we will have to be at the top of our game to win it."

LAST TIME OUT

The two sides have met only once before, with Forest Green Rovers scoring a 93rd-minute winner to secure a 1-0 victory at the Utilita Energy Stadium last season.

Bradford City 0

Forest Green Rovers 1 (Joseph Mills 90+3’)

Sky Bet League Two

Saturday 24th August 2019

Attendance: 13,504

City: O’Donnell, Mellor, A. O’Connor, Richards-Everton, Wood; Devine (Devitt 45’), Akpan, Palmer (Cooke 74’), Gibson (Scannell 65’); Vaughan, Donaldson.

Rovers: Wollacott; Godwin-Malife (Bernard 54’), Rawson, M Mills, Kitching (McGinley 69’); Winchester, Dawson, Adams, McCoulsky (Stevens 79’); Grubb, K. Mills.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Will Finnie took charge of 28 games last season, handing out 102 yellow cards and showing red three times.

He was the man in the middle of two City games last season - against Crawley and Mansfield - dishing out eight yellow cards collectively.

The Luton-based official will be assisted by Kevin Morris and Mark Derrien, with Tom Reeves appointed as fourth official.

BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET

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

Elliot Watt to open the scoring is available at 20/1, with the Bantams to win from behind available at 16/1.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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

KIT COLOURS

City will debut their all-new Fusion Grey third strip, with Forest Green wearing their traditional green and black colours.

Rovers: Green and Black / Green and Black / Green and Black

Bantams: Fusion Grey / Fusion Grey / Fusion Grey

You can now get your hands on the club’s all-new 2020/21 third kit - by CLICKING HERE.

Supporters can ensure they do not miss a minute of tomorrow's action - by purchasing a £10 iFollow video match pass HERE


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