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10 August 2017

Club News


10 August 2017

The Bantams travel to Gillingham this Saturday (12 August 2017) for their first away match of the 2017/2018 Sky Bet League One campaign.

As City supporters look forward to the fixture at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium, here's five possible things to look out for on Saturday.

1. Back on the road!
After two successive home matches to kick off the new season, City head south this weekend for their first match of the campaign away from the Northern Commercials Stadium. Last season's opening encounter away from home soil saw City run out 1-0 winners at Peterborough United - what price a repeat at Gillingham on Saturday?

2. New captain
With Romain Vincelot set to miss the next three games through suspension, vice-captain Tony McMahon will skipper the side at Gillingham on Saturday. McMahon led City on the pitch for a period at the start of the 2016/17 campaign as well, helping the Bantams to three wins and a draw from their first four league games.

3. Defensive duties
As Vincelot looks on from the sidelines this weekend, Bantams boss Stuart McCall is left to ponder his defensive options for the match-up against the Gills. Matthew Kilgallon is expected to be in pole position for one of the centre back slots alongside Nathaniel Knight-Percival, but Timothee Dieng is no stranger to that area of the pitch as well. Dieng, who filled in at the back during the second half of Tuesday's Carabao Cup tie with Doncaster Rovers, played a number of games for previous club Oldham Athletic in central defence.

4. Attacking options
Four goals in two games has certainly been an encouraging start for City from an attacking point of view, and that is even without the imposing presence of Charlie Wyke up front. Strikers Omari Patrick, Dominic Poleon and Alex Jones have all found the net already. With Paul Taylor and Shay McCartan back in contention as well, McCall is likely to have a pleasing selection headache on his hands at the top end of the pitch this weekend.

5. Third shirt debut
For the first time in any fixture, City will wear their white and claret 'third' shirts at Gillingham on Saturday. Since its unveiling during the pre-season tour of Austria/Germany, the third shirt has yet to be worn in any friendly or competitive match by McCall's Bantams - until Saturday!

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