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28 August 2017

Club News


28 August 2017

The Bantams play their first game in this season's Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening when they travel to Sky Bet League Two side Chesterfield.

Ahead of City's opening group game at the Proact Stadium, we take a look at five possible talking points...

1. The return of Romain
City's skipper Romain Vincelot will be available to the Bantams once again from this Tuesday after missing the last three games through suspension. Bantams boss Stuart McCall has said that the Frenchman is scheduled to play at least some part at the Proact Stadium.

2. Positive memories from the Proact
The Bantams will head to Chesterfield with good recent memories from their time there. City have deservedly won their last three games at the Proact Stadium, all by a 1-0 scoreline. The Bantams are actually unbeaten in all five of their previous visits to Chesterfield's most recent stadium. Previously to the three wins, City secured two separate 2-2 draws - both times being denied victories by injury time Chesterfield levellers.

3. Looking for another good Checkatrade Trophy campaign
This Tuesday's game will be the first of three group matches in Group F for McCall's men. The Bantams' other two games will be at the Northern Commercials Stadium against Manchester City U21s and Rotherham United. Twelve months previously, City began their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a home victory over Stoke City. The Bantams would go on to make it all the way to the quarter-finals before eventually bowing out of the competition to finalists Oxford United. The Wembley Final might be some distance away at this stage, but can City use the Chesterfield game as a spring-board for further progression in the competition?

4. Fighting for places
McCall is expected to use the Chesterfield game as an opportunity to give some of his squad the chance to impress and stake a claim for a regular starting berth. Paul Taylor is likely to get his first start of the season at the Proact Stadium, while the likes of Alex Jones and Omari Patrick are also likely to feature against the Spireites.

5. Local links in the Chesterfield squad
City could come up against a couple of local lads in the Chesterfield starting XI come Tuesday night. Keighley-born shot-stopper Tommy Lee has been Chesterfield's regular custodian for several years, while midfielder Jordan Sinnott - son of former Bantams defender Lee - was also born in the Bradford region. Chesterfield striker Chris O'Grady spent a brief spell on loan at Valley Parade back in 2009.

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