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Match Previews


7 October 2016

Match Previews


7 October 2016

SHREWSBURY TOWN (H), Sky Bet League One, Saturday 8 October 2016, Northern Commercials Stadium, kick off 3:00pm

The Bantams go in search of their third straight league win this Saturday when they entertain managerless Shrewsbury Town at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

Opponents Shrewsbury will be led by goalkeeping coach Danny Coyne at the weekend following the departures of boss Micky Mellon and his assistant Mike Jackson for Tranmere Rovers on Thursday.

Mellon left Shrewsbury twenty-second in the current League One table after a run of three successive 1-1 draws.

His final game in charge of the Shrews ended in a 2-0 loss at Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Shrewsbury have conceded the opening goal in their last eight games - a run they will surely be looking to end against the Bantams at Valley Parade.

Team News

Bradford City
City will be forced into at least one change to their starting line up this Saturday due to Josh Cullen's spell away with the Republic of Ireland U21s.

Cullen's absence could give Daniel Devine a chance to keep his place in the side after impressing during Tuesday's 2-1 win over Bury in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Bantams boss Stuart McCall does have other options available to him, however, including the possibility of moving Nicky Law into a more central position.

With Matthew Kilgallon, Nathan Clarke and Rory McArdle all pushing for a return in central defence as well, McCall could also be tempted to move Romain Vincelot further forward into midfield.

Striker Marc McNulty is expected to be back in contention for the weekend after missing the last two games with a dead leg.

Fellow forward James Hanson might also have a chance to of being involved following a recent calf problem, with McCall rating him as '50/50' for a place on the bench.

Tony McMahon remains sidelined with a thigh injury.

Shrewsbury Town
Ryan McGivern will be unavailable to caretaker boss Danny Coyne due to international duty with Northern Ireland.

Gary Deegan won't be involved on Saturday either following his dismissal in the Shrews' home match with Swindon Town last weekend.

Shaun Whalley is definitely sidelined as well due to a calf problem.

Shrews duo Joe Riley and Louis Dodds are both pre-match doubts after missing the Scunthorpe defeat in the Checkatrade Trophy during the week.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who was cup-tied for the Scunthorpe game, should be up for selection though.

Previous Meetings
Shrewsbury's previous visit to Valley Parade came at the very start of last season.

In City's first home game of the 2015/2016 campaign, Billy Clarke gave the Bantams the half-time advantage with a goal just before the interval.

Tyrone Barnett's equaliser shortly after the restart, however, managed to grab a share of the spoils for the visitors.

Shrewsbury's only other visit to BD8 in Sky Bet League One came roughly two years earlier.

Tom Bradshaw, now with Barnsley, fired the Shrews into a second minute lead before Kyel Reid levelled things up on the hour mark.

The game looked to be heading for a draw until James Hanson netted a dramatic injury-time winner in front of a delighted Kop Stand.

Last Time Out (in the league):

Swindon Town 1 (Goddard 9)
Shrewsbury Town 1 (Toney 44)
Sky Bet League One
Saturday 1 October 2016

Shrewsbury Town: (3-4-2-1) - Leutwiler, Lancashire, El-Abd, McGivern, Grimmer, Black, Deegan, Brown, O'Brien, Dodds (Leitch-Smith 64 (Sarcevic 90)), Toney

Subs not used: Halstead, Riley, Mangan, El Ouriachi, Ebanks-Blake

Dismissals: Deegan (88)

Shrewsbury Town's recent league form (from left to right):

D D D L L 


Ticket News
The Club would like to remind fans of the standard policy that any home supporters who haven’t got a ticket or pass in their possession before the game must buy a ticket from the main ticket office in the North West corner of the stadium before they approach the turnstiles.  Adult tickets on a match day are priced at £25.00 each with concessions at £15.00 and juniors at £10.00 (adult tickets are reduced to £20.00 when bought before 5:00pm on the day before the game).

Supporters can get full match ticket information by clicking  HERE.

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they play at home to Shrewsbury Town this Saturday.


.3/1 to pick up all three points against the Shrews at the Northern Commercials Stadium. The draw is currently priced at 4/7McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at


 to score the opening goal.13/2, while Haris Vuckic is also currently at 11/2The Bantams can be backed to win 1-0 at


to score at anytime throughout the match.13/8 Fellow attacker Billy Clarke is City fans can place their bets for the Shrewsbury 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 Northern Commercials Stadium this Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Shrewsbury match via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage


Full audio match commentary of the Shrewsbury 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 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 following the Shrewsbury fixture. 

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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