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7 December 2016

Match Previews


7 December 2016

CAMBRIDGE UNITED (HOME), Wednesday 7 December 2016, Checkatrade Trophy Round Two, Northern Commercials Stadium, kick off: 7.45pm

A week and a half after their last game, Stuart McCall's Bantams return to action this Wednesday against Sky Bet League 2 side Cambridge United in round two of this season's Checkatrade Trophy.

The winners of the tie will book their place in the last sixteen, with the round three draw scheduled to take place on Thursday (8 December 2016) morning.

City earned home advantage by finishing top of their group in the first stage of the competition, although the Bantams will surely be wary of the threat of Cambridge, especially after their impressive 4-0 over Coventry City in the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday.

Should scores remain level in Wednesday's match at the end of normal time, the tie will then be decided by penalty kicks. There will be no period of extra time.

Team News

Bradford City
Fit-again Tony McMahon is expected to feature in some part of the game after a period on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

Any involvement in the match for McMahon will be his first action with Stuart McCall's side since the end of August.

Billy Clarke won't be involved, however, as the Irish striker continues on his road to recovery following a recent calf problem.

The Bantams are expected to make changes for Wednesday's tie, with the likes of Rory McArdle and Jordy Hiwula, among others, expected to start against Cambridge.

Cambridge United
Defender Josh Coulson and forward Medy Elito are both definitely out of Wednesday's tie for Cambridge.

Coulson is not expected to play again this season following an ankle injury while Elito is likely to be out for the next three months due to a knee problem.

Cambridge boss Shaun Derry may look to keep in-form duo Luke Berry and Uche Ikpeazu together in attack.

Berry, playing an attacking midfield role, has netted six goals in his last two games. 

Ikpeazu - a powerful centre forward with the build of a heavyweight boxer - can often be seen using his physical frame to help start attacks for The U's.

Previous Visits
You have to go back nearly twenty-two years to February 1995 to find Cambridge's most recent visit to Valley Parade.

The game finished 1-1 with Paul Jewell scoring City's goal.

The Bantams' previous victory on home soil against Cambridge came in September 1993 when goals from Lee Duxbury and Sean McCarthy helped to secure a 2-0 win.

Cambridge's last victory at City was a 1-0 victory in December 1990.

Last Time Out

Coventry City 0
Cambridge United 4 (Berry 7, 29, 38 pen, 86)
Emirates FA Cup Second Round
Sunday 4 December 2016

CAMBRIDGE UNITED (4-4-1-1) Norris; Halliday, Legge, Roberts, Taylor; Dunne, Clark, Mingola, Maris (Williamson 77); Berry (Dunk 87); Ikpeazu (Pigott 9)

Subs not used: Gregory, Adams, Long, Dallison

Cambridge's previous five (from left to right): W - W - W - L - W

Ticket News
The Club are making the lower tier of the JCT600 (Main Stand) available, plus the lower tier of the Kop at present for this game, subject to demand.

Admission prices are:

Adults: £10.00  
Concessions: £5.00*

Concessions are senior citizens over 60, students in full time education and under 16s

Disabled fans will be asked to pay the age-related amount from the list above. 

They will be entitled to a free carer ticket subject to receiving either DLA or PIP at the mid or high levels.

Supporters can either purchase their tickets for this match from the ticket office now or pay on the turnstiles on the night.

Turnstiles on match-day will be for cash transactions only, however.

Any supporters wishing to buy their tickets via card must do so from the ticket office.

Fans cannot purchase Cambridge match tickets online.

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they entertain Cambridge United on Wednesday evening.


 to pick up the victory against The U's at the Northern Commercials Stadium.4/6McCall's men are available at 


 to score the opening goal.9/2, while Jordy Hiwula is also currently at 6/1The Bantams can be backed to win 2-0 at 


 to score at anytime throughout the match.7/2Josh Cullen is City fans can place their bets for the Cambridge tie by clicking on the following link - 


There are as many as 70 different betting options with Sky Bet for Wednesday's tie.


Please note, all odds are subject to change.


For those unable to get to the Northern Commercials Stadium this Wednesday's tie, City supporters can follow live updates from the Cambridge United match via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage    


Full audio match commentary of the Cambridge game can be found via Bantams Player HD. Join Pulse 2's Jason Thornton and Chris Cooper for match action and reaction from the game.


Bantams Player HD is also the place for post-match interviews from McCall and his players, plus extended match highlights over the coming days.

Supporters can subscribe to Bantams Player HD for as little as £4.49 per month.

The official website, Twitter and Facebook pages will also have post-match reaction from the City camp following the Cambridge game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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