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8 March 2016

The Bantams entertain table-topping Burton Albion at the Coral Windows Stadium this Tuesday (8 March 2016) evening in a game rearranged from Boxing Day.

City go into the fixture knowing that a victory over the Brewers will draw them level on points with sixth-placed Barnsley in the Sky Bet League 1 table.

The match will kick off at 7:45pm this Tuesday.

Rory McArdle will miss the Burton fixture after dislocating his left shoulder in Saturday's goalless draw at Bury. Either Nathan Clarke or Christopher Routis will most likely partner Reece Burke in central defence as a result of McArdle's absence. On top of McArdle's replacement, Bantams boss Phil Parkinson could be tempted into making further changes to his line up. With City coming towards the end of a run of five games in fourteen days and having picked up a couple of knocks at Bury, Parkinson may have to tweak his side slightly for the visit of Burton. Steven Davies made a return to training on Monday following a recent knee injury but he won't be risked for Tuesday's match. Paul Anderson and Filipe Morais continue to make progress from long-term injury, with the duo penciled in to make their return to action in City's next couple of reserve games. 

Brewers boss Nigel Clough is expected to bring attacker Stuart Beavon and midfielder Tom Naylor - a one-time City loanee - back into his side after removing the pair from his starting line up for the 1-1 draw against Crewe Alexandra at the weekend. Clough confirmed after the game that Beavon and Naylor weren't included from the start in a bid to give them both a rest following a strenuous run of recent matches. One of the players who could make way is another former Bantams loan player, Mason Bennett, after he replaced Beavon up front for Burton at Crewe. Clough reported after the Crewe game that Mark Duffy, Robbie Weir and Damien McCrory had picked up knocks but the trio are all expected to be fit for the trip to the Coral Windows Stadium. Brewers goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, who played for City for six years between 2008 and 2014, is scheduled to make his first appearance at Valley Parade since his departure for the Pirelli Stadium.

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