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14 October 2016

Match Previews


14 October 2016

OXFORD UNITED (Away), Saturday 15 October 2016, Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Sky Bet League One, kick off 3:00pm

The Bantams travel to Oxford United this Saturday looking to maintain their impressive start to the league campaign.

In their first season back at League One level following promotion last May, Oxford have made a very commendable start to the 2016/2017 campaign.

Michael Appleton's side are currently thirteenth in the league table but they would have been knocking on the door of the Play-Off positions with a win last weekend against AFC Wimbledon.

In front of the Sky Sports cameras, Oxford lost the game 3-1 at the Kassam Stadium after AFC Wimbledon raced into a three-goal half time lead. The loss was their first defeat on home soil so far this season.

Oxford are expected to name goalkeeper Simon Eastwood and striker Wes Thomas in their line up on Saturday - both former Bantams loanees.

Team News

Oxford United
U's left back Joe Skarz has been ruled out of Saturday's match after coming off during the AFC Wimbledon defeat with a shoulder injury. 

Team-mates Josh Ruffels or Marvin Johnson will be in contention to replace Skarz in Oxford's back four.

Liam Sercombe suffered a minor groin strain earlier in the week but the influential midfielder is still likely to be fit for the weekend.

Bradford City
City boss Stuart McCall will have to make a call on whether to include James Hanson in his travelling party to Oxford after the striker returned to training this week.

Hanson has missed City's last five games with a calf problem but the forward has made progress on the training ground in the last few days.

Josh Cullen will definitely be back in City's squad for the match after the midfielder returned from a recent spell away with the Republic of Ireland Under 21s.

Tony McMahon remains sidelined with a thigh problem.

Previous Meetings
City have played three times previously away to The U's since Oxford moved to the Kassam Stadium.

The Bantams' first visit to Grenoble Road resulted in a 2-1 defeat back in January 2011.

Dave Syers' ninth minute opener gave City the half time advantage but late goals from Oxford strikers Steven MacLean and Tom Craddock ensured the win for the hosts.

The sides met again later that year at the start of the next season, with Ross Hannah scoring his first league goal for the Bantams to secure a 1-1 draw.

City's most recent trip to Oxford came during the club's 2012/2013 promotion season when second half efforts from Andrew Davies and Nahki Wells - both via Gary Jones corners - resulted in a 2-0 away victory.

Ticket News

City supporters will be able to purchase tickets on match-day at Oxford's Kassam Stadium from the North Ticket Office next to the away turnstiles. Tickets can be purchased there for cash only.

Admission prices for the match will be:

Adults - £21.00

Seniors (over 65s) - £15.00

Students - £14.00 * 

Young adults aged 18-21 year-olds - £14.00

Under 18s - £12.00

Under 13 - £8.00

Under 7s - £5.00


with NUS card or in full time education


Disabled fans will be asked to pay the relevant amount from the above list. They will also be entitled to a free carer, as long as they are in receipt of medium to high disability allowance.


The club received three pairs of wheelchair tickets.


There is free car parking for 2,000 cars at the ground on a first come, first served basis. 


There is also free parking available on Grenoble Road adjacent to the stadium. 

Supporters should be warned, however, not to park illegally on double yellow lines, adjacent grass verges or in residents only areas.

Stadium address:

Grenoble Road
Kassam Stadium
Oxford United FC

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Last Time Out

AFC Wimbledon 3 (Elliott 20, Charles 42, Barcham 45+2)
Oxford United 1 (Charles O.G 49)
Sky Bet League One
Sunday 9 October 2016

: Eastwood, Edwards, Raglan, Dunkley, Skarz (Rothwell 76), MacDonald, Sercombe (Johnson 76), Lundstram, Maguire, Hemmings, Thomas (Crowley 64)(4-4-2)Oxford United 

Nelson, Ruffels, Taylor, BrownSubs not used:

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

Match Official: DAVID WEBB

Mr Webb has officiated thirteen games so far this season, his most recent match coming at the start of the month at Crewe Alexandra in their Checkatrade Trophy game with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

His most recent game in charge of City came towards the start of the season when he oversaw the Bantams' EFL Cup first round tie at Accrington Stanley.

BLACK/BLACK/WHITE: City's match colours


Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they play away at Oxford United this Saturday.


.9/4 to pick up all three points against The U's at the Kassam Stadium. The draw is currently priced at 7/5McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at


 to score the opening goal.12/1, while Mark Marshall is also currently at 6/1The Bantams can be backed to win 1-0 at


 to score at anytime throughout the match.5/1Fresh from his first goal of the season against Shrewsbury last Saturday, Nicky Law is City fans can place their bets for the Oxford fixture by clicking on the following link - 


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


Please note, all odds are subject to change.


For those unable to get to Oxford United this Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Kassam Stadium via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage


Full audio match commentary of the Oxford 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 weekend.

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 at Oxford.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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