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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: SCUNTHORPE UNITED v CITY

8 January 2021

The Bantams are in action for the first time in 2021 - travelling to Scunthorpe United in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday. 

Mark Trueman’s side are unbeaten in five matches, winning three and drawing two.

The Iron sit a place below City in 20th position, having recorded seven draws, two draws and 12 defeats so far this season.

We have compiled all of the key information you will need to know about Saturday’s trip to the Sands Venue Stadium.

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: Jordan Stevens and Will Huffer could be in line to make their debuts for the Bantams at Glanford Park - having been made the Bantams' first two signings of the January transfer window. 

Richard O’Donnell will miss the trip to Scunthorpe after sustaining a torn thigh injury which will keep him sidelined for up to 12 weeks. 

City defenders Bryce Hosannah and Reece Staunton are both nearing returns, having been out with hamstring injuries, but Saturday should prove to be too soon for the pair.

Scunthorpe: Former Bantam Alex Gilliead is likely to feature - after starting for the Iron in their last match against Stevenage.

Myles Hippolyte was on trial with City at the start of the 2019/20 season and is also likely to be involved in Saturday’s contest. 

Ryan Loft is Scunthorpe’s top goal-scorer this season with four, and should also be available to Neil Cox for the match.

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Conor Sellars (Joint-Interim Manager): "It is another massive game which we are looking forward to, and wanting to remain unbeaten in.

"We are confident of being able to go there and get a result.

"We have to make sure the things we can control are under control - and do what we can to get the three points."

LAST TIME OUT

The Bantams shared the points with Scunthorpe United at the Utilita Energy Stadium, as the Iron denied City after coming back from two goals down.

CITY: Luke McGee; Kelvin Mellor, Paudie O’Connor (booked 90+5’), Ben Richards-Everton, Anthony O’Connor; Matt Palmer, Callum Cooke (Jake Reeves 81’), Hope Akpan (Dylan Connolly 66’), Connor Wood; Eoin Doyle, James Vaughan © (booked 27’) (Shay McCartan 77’). Subs (not used): George Sykes-Kenworthy (GK); Adam Henley, Jamie Devitt, Chris Taylor. 

GOALS: Hope Akpan (17’), James Vaughan (19’).

SCUNTHORPE: Rory Watson; Jordan Clarke (Kgosi Ntlhe 20’ booked 24’ (Ryan Colclough 56’), Matthew Lund (booked 81’), James Perch © (booked 90+2’), Alex Gilliead; Harrison McGahey, Junior Brown, George Miller (Alfie Beestin 81’), Abo Eisa; Jacob Bedeau, John McAtee. Subs (not used): Tom Collins (GK); Kgosi Ntlhe, Andy Butler, Levi Sutton, George Hornshaw.  

GOALS: Alex Gilliead (33’), John McAtee (74’).

ATTENDANCE: 14,176 (609 visitors).

REFEREE: Anthony Backhouse (Cumbria). 

MATCH OFFICIALS

David Rock has taken charge of 16 matches this season, including five in Sky Bet League Two. He has awarded 44 yellow cards and four penalties in the process. 

The Hertfordshire-based referee officiated Scunthorpe United’s 3-1 defeat away at Exeter City in October, but is yet to take charge of the Bantams this season.

Rock will be assisted by Stephen Wade and Oliver Bickle, with Alistair Nelson in as the fourth official.

BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET

Supporters can back the Bantams for victory tomorrow afternoon with Sky Bet.

City to win and both teams to score is available on an 11/2 price boost, with Lee Novak 4/1 favourite to open the scoring. 

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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

KIT COLOURS

The Bantams will wear their all-grey third strip on Saturday, with the hosts in their traditional claret and blue home colours.

Scunthorpe: Claret and Blue / Claret and Blue / Blue

City: Fusion Grey / Fusion Grey / Fusion Grey


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