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Match Previews


1 December 2017

Match Previews


1 December 2017

Stuart McCall's Bantams welcome Plymouth Argyle to the Northern Commercials Stadium this Saturday (2 December 2017) in the Emirates FA Cup second round.

Saturday's game will be the second time in just three weeks that the Bantams have entertained Plymouth following the league game between the two sides last month.

A single Jake Jervis goal in the first period, coupled with some resolute Plymouth defending throughout, secured the victory for the Pilgrims on the day.

Having hit the crossbar twice and seen a penalty saved though, McCall's men could count themselves unlucky not to have claimed something from the game.

With a place in the prized third round draw at stake, City will be hoping to come out on top this time around when the Bantams and Plymouth meet up once again at the weekend.

Team News

Bradford City
City trio Colin Doyle, Adam Chicksen and Alex Jones remain sidelined for the Bantams.

Timothee Dieng is continuing to make slow progress from a hamstring problem but the Frenchman will still be ruled out for the weekend.

Tom Field is also injured after huring his knee in the midweek reserves game with Walsall.

The loanee left back would be unavailable to City even without the injury, however, after parent club Brentford don't want the defender to be cup-tied.

Plymouth Argyle
Young goalkeeper Will Mannion is expected to start between the sticks for Plymouth on Saturday.

The 19 year-old 'keeper made his debut for the Pilgrims in their Tuesday night defeat to Yeovil Town in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Mannion moved to Home Park this week on loan from Hull City following an injury to previous Plymouth custodian Remi Matthews.

Matthews, who saved Tony McMahon's penalty in the City-Plymouth match last month, picked up an injury in the Pilgrims' league match at Portsmouth last weekend.

With Matthews returning back to parent club Norwich City, Mannion becomes the seventh goalkeeper to be given a squad number this season for Plymouth following a string of injuries.

Plymouth have featured SIX different 'keepers so far this season, with second choice youth team shot-stopper Max Childs currently on the bench after fellow scholar Michael Cooper dislocated his finger.

Tuesday's game at Yeovil saw Plymouth duo Ryan Taylor and Oscar Threlkeld return to action following long-term injury.

Ryan Edwards will be back for Plymouth at the weekend following a recent two-match suspension.

Talented playmaker Graham Carey is now back in Plymouth's starting XI after missing last month's league encounter at Valley Parade through his own suspension.

Ticket details
Match ticket details for this Saturday's tie can be found HERE.

Stadium Access
Full match-day stadium access details confirmed HERE.

The Parader
Make sure you pick up your FA Cup copy of this Saturday's match-day magazine - HERE.

Five Things
A look at five possible talking points ahead of this weekend - HERE.

A look at the two sides' recent records  in the build up to Saturday's tie- HERE.

The full set of match officials confirmed for this Saturday's tie - HERE.

The main headlines from Stuart McCall's pre-match press event - HERE.

Back the Bantams
City supporters can back the Bantams for success at home to Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup with Sky Bet!

Stuart McCall's side are currently priced at 4/7 to defeat Plymouth at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

The Bantams are also priced at 5/1 to beat Plymouth by a 1-0 scoreline.

Dominic Poleon is available at 4/1 to opening the scoring, while Omari Patrick can be backed at 9/4 to score at anytime during the game.

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

Please note, odds are subject to change.

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

Full audio match commentary of the Plymouth 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.

Subscribers of iFollow Bantams will now actually be able to hear post-match interviews from Stuart McCall and his players directly after the game via the extended audio match-day service.

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 Plymouth game.
iFollow Bantams - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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