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24 December 2016

Match Previews


24 December 2016

SCUNTHORPE UNITED (HOME) - Monday 26 December 2016, Sky Bet League One, Northern Commercials Stadium, kick off 3:00pm

The Bantams entertain league leaders Scunthorpe United on Boxing Day in an eagerly-anticipated festive encounter at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

A bumper crowd is expected inside Valley Parade to see Stuart McCall's men pit their wits against the current pace-setters in Sky Bet League One.

The Iron have been in hugely impressive form throughout the 2016/2017 campaign so far, leading the way at the top end of the division for all but a few weeks.

Scunthorpe are currently three points clear at the top of the table, ten points ahead of McCall's fourth-placed Bantams.

Graham Alexander's side did lose their previous league fixture on the road, however, when they were defeated 3-2 at Rochdale earlier this month.

Team News

Bradford City
Bantams striker Billy Clarke is likely to miss Monday's festive fixture with Scunthorpe as the Irishman continues on the road to recovery from a troublesome calf problem.

Clarke aside though, City boss Stuart McCall is expected to have a virtually fully fit squad to choose from for the visit of the table-toppers to Valley Parade.

Scunthorpe United
Iron left back Conor Townsend is scheduled to miss the next month of action with a groin problem.

As a result of Townsend's injury, fellow defender Harry Toffolo is likely to keep his place in Scunthorpe's back four.

Centre half David Mirfin is sidelined until roughly the middle of next month with a foot injury.

Monday's match could give Iron winger Josh Morris his first chance to make a return to Valley Parade following his departure from City last summer.

The former Bantam has been in impressive form for Scunthorpe so far this season, netting 15 times himself and setting up a number of other goals his Iron team-mates.

Previous Visits
City have entertained Scunthorpe twice before over the last two seasons in Sky Bet League One.

With both sides keen on pushing for a play-off spot, a second half goal from substitute Steven Davies helped City to edge a tight encounter 1-0 back in April.

Roughly fifteen months earlier, the Bantams were heading for another 1-0 success over Scunthorpe thanks to Rory McArdle's opener but an injury time leveller from Hakeeb Adelakun saw the visitors snatch a share of the spoils.

Last Time Out

Millwall 0
Scunthorpe United 3 (Madden 36, 67, Adelakun 45)
Sky Bet League One
Saturday 17 December 2016

SCUNTHORPE UNITED line up: Daniels, Clarke, Goode, Wallace, Toffolo, Adelakun, Dawson, Bishop, Morris, Hopper (Mantom 86), Madden 

Subs not used: Anyon, Wiseman, Williams, van Veen, Smallwood, Holmes

Scunthorpe's last five in the league (from left to right): W - L - D - W - W

Ticket News
Match tickets for City's Boxing Day fixture will be available from the ticket office at the Northern Commercials Stadium right up until kick off (3:00pm) - please click HERE for more information.

Supporters can purchase adult tickets at the pre-match rate of £20.00 up until 3:00pm this Saturday (24 December 2016). Adult tickets bought on match-day will cost £25.00.

Stadium Access
Turnstile, stadium access and security information for this Monday's match can be found by clicking HERE.

Road Closures
Details of road closures that will be in place around the ground for Monday's game can be found by clicking HERE.

Banqueting changes
Details of the changes to banqueting procedures for Monday's fixture can be found by clicking HERE.

Festive opening times
A full list of the Club's festive opening hours throughout the Christmas period can be found by clicking HERE.

Match Official: DARREN HANDLEY
Monday's festive fixture will be the twenty-third game in the middle for Mr Handley so far this season.

The Lancashire-based referee has officiated Sky Bet League One and League Two games during the 2016/2017 campaign, as well as ties in the Checkatrade Trophy, EFL Cup and Emirates FA Cup.

His previous match involved with the Bantams came towards the start of this season when he took charge of City's 1-0 win at Peterborough United.

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they entertain Scunthorpe United this Monday.


.9/4 to pick up all three points against the Iron at the Northern Commercials Stadium. The draw is currently priced at 6/5McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at


 to score the opening goal.22/1, while Timothee Dieng is also currently at 17/2The Bantams can be backed to win 2-0 at


 to score at anytime throughout the match.9/4Fresh from his goal against Walsall last time out, Jordy Hiwula is City fans can place their bets for the Scunthorpe fixture by clicking on the following link - 


There are as many as 69 different betting options with Sky Bet for Monday's game.


Please note, all odds are subject to change.


For those unable to get to the Northern Commercials Stadium this Boxing Day, City supporters can follow live updates from the Scunthorpe United fixture via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage    


Full audio match commentary of the Scunthorpe match 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 Scunthorpe game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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