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29 December 2017

Match Previews


29 December 2017

Stuart McCall's Bantams welcome Oxford United to the Northern Commercials Stadium this Saturday (30 December 2017) for their final Sky Bet League One fixture of 2017.

McCall's men go into the Oxford encounter looking to get back to winning ways after recent defeats against AFC Wimbledon and Peterborough United.

Opponents Oxford began their period of festive fixtures with a crushing 7-0 home loss to Wigan Athletic last weekend.

The U's responded to that stunning defeat with a hard-fought draw at Gillingham on Boxing Day - their third successive drawn fixture away from home in recent weeks.

Team News

Bradford City
With City's New Year's Day match at Fleetwood Town just two days after, McCall has hinted that he will make changes to his side for the visit of Oxford to Valley Parade this weekend.

In a bid keep his squad fresh over this busy extended weekend, McCall could look to give starting berths to the likes of Timothee Dieng, Jake Reeves and Nathaniel Knight-Percival - all of whom started Peterborough Boxing Day fixture from the bench.

Tom Field, Shay McCartan and Omari Patrick are also possible options for McCall should he wish to mix things up.

Colin Doyle, Dominic Poleon, Adam Chicksen and Alex Jones remain sidelined.

Oxford United
U's boss Pep Clotet made as many as six changes to his side for the Gillingham Boxing Day match following the heavy Wigan loss.

Experienced defender Mike Williamson, along with talented playmakers Jack Payne, James Henry and Alex Mowatt, all started on the bench at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

Agon Mehmeti is back in contention after a hamstring problem, although Charlie Raglan, Sam Long, Rob Hall, Curtis Nelson and Ivo Pekalski all remain unavailable through injury.

Match ticket details, including information on pre-match discounts, can be found HERE.

A look at the two sides' recent records going into Saturday's fixture - HERE.

Five Things
A look at five possible talking points going into the weekend - HERE.

Match Officials
Full details of this Saturday's set of match officials - HERE.

Read Stuart McCall's pre-match thoughts HERE.

Back the Bantams
City supporters can back the Bantams for success at home to Oxford United with Sky Bet!

Stuart McCall's side are currently priced at 3/4 to defeat Oxford at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

The Bantams are also priced at 7/1 to beat Oxford by a 2-1 scoreline.

Paul Taylor is available at 11/2 to opening the scoring, while Romain Vincelot 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.

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 Oxford United game via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.           

Full audio match commentary of the Oxford 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.

New for this season, iFollow subscribers outside the UK and Ireland will also be able to watch LIVE coverage of the match as it happens!

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

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

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