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25 August 2017

Match Previews


25 August 2017

Stuart McCall's Bantams travel to Walsall this Saturday (26 August 2017) for their latest Sky Bet League One fixture.

After two victories from their first two league games, McCall's men will be looking to get back to winning ways following a narrow defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers last time out.

Hosts Walsall have recorded one win, one draw and one defeat from their three League One fixtures so far.

The Saddlers are likely to stick with their 3-5-1-1 formation for the visit of the Bantams, with talented playmaker Erhun Oztumer expected to play in the 'number ten' role behind the main striker.

Scoring a number of eye-catching goals during the 2016/17 campaign, Oztumer was arguably one of the main players of the season last time out from the group of clubs not to finish in the top six places.

City's visit to the Banks's Stadium last season ended in a 1-1 draw.

Played out shortly before the Christmas period, the December fixture saw Walsall take the lead in the second period through Isaiah Osbourne.

The Bantams levelled things up later, however, when Jordy Hiwula netted on the rebound after his initial shot had been blocked.

Team News

Saddlers boss Jon Whitney is likely to stick with the same team for this weekend after two recent positive results.

Walsall came from behind to beat Oldham Athletic in their previous home game before holding Portsmouth to a draw at Fratton Park last Saturday.

Powerful striker Amadou Bakayoko is expected to be supported by Oztumer in attack, while Walsall's midfield three is likely to be Kieran Morris, Adam Chambers and Joe Edwards.

Walsall play wing-backs in the shape of Nicky Devlin (right) and Luke Leahy (left). Leahy scored Walsall's goal in their 1-1 draw with Pompey last time out.

Walsall's three centre halves usually include Sheffield United loanee James Wilson.

Walsall's most recent loan signing, Tyler Roberts, is expected to start from the bench.

The striker - signed on loan this Friday - is the second player the Saddlers have borrowed from near neighbours West Bromwich Albion this season.

Defender Shaun Donnellan, who is in line join Wilson in Walsall's back three on Saturday, is also on loan from the Hawthorns.

Bradford City
With a number of attacking options at his disposal, Stuart McCall is likely to have a couple of difficult selection decisions on his hands ahead of the trip to the Banks's Stadium.

After coming off the bench last Saturday against Blackburn following a recent hamstring injury, Charlie Wyke is scheduled to be part of City's travelling party to the Midlands.

With Wyke having played only one pre-season match before the Blackburn game due to injury though, McCall suggested in his pre-match press interviews that the striker would once again be named among City's substitutes.

Along with Wyke, new loan signing Luke Hendrie is expected to be included in the Bantams' match-day squad as well.

Romain Vincelot is scheduled to finish off his three-match ban at the weekend following his red card against Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup.,

This means that the Frenchman will once again be free for selection after Saturday, starting with Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy group match at Chesterfield.

Adam Chicksen returned to training this week after picking up a concussion in the opening day win over Blackpool a fortnight before.

Chicksen is currently involved in light training, with the defender hoping to step up his recovery in the next two weeks from a fractured cheekbone picked up in the same incident.

Match Officials
Details of this Saturday's match officials - HERE.

Five Things
Five possible talking points ahead of this Saturday's match - HERE.

Away Fans' Guide
A guide to the Banks's Stadium for visiting City supporters - HERE.

City supporters can pay on the day at the Banks's Stadium this Saturday.

Admission prices will be £2.00 more expensive than those advertised during the week for pre-match sales.

Admission prices for the match will be:

Adults - £22.50
Seniors - £17.50 (over 60)
Under 18s - £17.50
Family Ticket - £24.50 (one adult and one junior under 18) *
Additional juniors - £13.00

* The Family Tickets are only available directly from Walsall's ticket office via 01922 651416 in advance of the game, or at their ticket office on match day.

Disabled fans will be asked to pay the age related amount from the above list. They will also be entitled to a carer's ticket free of charge.

Car parking by the Banks's Stadium is available cost is £4.00 per car, £6.00 per minibus and £12.00 per coach.

There is an ‘Away Fans Bar’ which opens at 1pm.

Kit Colours
City will wear their claret and navy 'away' kit for the first time in a competitive game on Saturday at Walsall.

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet!
City supporters can back the Bantams for success this Saturday against Walsall with Sky Bet!

McCall's side are currently priced at 6/5 to defeat the Saddlers at the Banks's Stadium.

The Bantams are 11/2 to win 1-0 at Walsall.

Alex Jones is also available at 11/2 to opening the scoring, while Omari Patrick can be backed at 11/4 to score at anytime during the game.

Fans can place their bets now with Sky Bet by clicking HERE.

There is currently 71 separate betting markets open for this game.

Please note, odds are subject to change.

For those unable to get to the Banks's Stadium on Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Walsall game via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.           

Full audio match commentary of the Walsall match can be found via iFollow Bantams.

Keep up to date with BBC Radio Leeds' Tim Steere for match action and reaction from the game.

Post-match interviews from McCall and his players, plus extended match highlights over the coming days, is also available via iFollow.

For the first time ever, iFollow subscribers outside the UK and Ireland will also be able to watch LIVE coverage of the match as it happens!

On top of all that, iFollow subscribers can get interviews, action, previous encounters and highlights as well in the build up to Saturday's match.

The official website, Twitter and Facebook pages will also have post-match reaction from the City camp following the Walsall game
iFollow Bantams - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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