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Match Previews


8 December 2017

Match Previews


8 December 2017

After recent matches in the Emirates FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy, Stuart McCall's Bantams return to league action this Saturday (9 December 2017) when they entertain Rochdale in Sky Bet League One.

The match will be City's third at the Northern Commercials Stadium in just eight days following cup ties against Plymouth Argyle and Oldham Athletic.

The Rochdale encounter will also be City's last home fixture ahead of Christmas Day.

Saturday's game - City's first league fixture of December - comes after the Bantams tasted success in their previous League One match at Shrewsbury Town towards the end of last month.

Opponents Rochdale head to the Northern Commercials Stadium currently positioned just outside the relegation zone after a difficult first half of the season.

With Dale - a side who just missed out on the play-offs last season - looking to push up the table, Keith Hill's side defeated Peterborough United in their most recent league game and ran Charlton Athletic close in their previous away league fixture.

Team News

Bradford City
Bantams boss Stuart McCall sadly has a number of fitness concerns heading into Saturday's match.

With Colin Doyle, Adam Chicksen and Alex Jones definitely ruled out, McCall admits he also has a couple of players, including Jake Reeves, doubtful for the Rochdale clash due to knocks.

Reeves tweaked his groin during last Saturday's Emirates FA Cup victory over Plymouth.

On top of that, McCall has revealed that there is currently a spot of illness around in the camp, with two players being sent home from training as a precaution this Thursday.

Timothee Dieng has stepped up his recovery from a hamstring problem but this Saturday's fixture is expected to come a little too soon for him.

Attacker Matt Done could be in line for a return to Dale's starting XI after coming off the bench to score in last Monday's FA Cup win at Slough.

Defender Jim McNulty could also earn a recall after missing Dale's 4-0 victory over the non-league side through suspension.

Academy graduate Matthew Gillam will be aiming for another starting appearance after the attacker scored on his full league debut at Charlton recently.

Manager Keith Hill, who recently celebrated his 500th game in charge of Rochdale, is still expected to be without Keith Keane due to surgery.

Former Bantams striker Steven Davies is likely to begin Saturday's game from the bench.

The latest ticket news for Saturday's game can be found HERE.

Stadium Access & Entry
Important match-day information for those travelling to the Northern Commercials Stadium on Saturday (HERE).

Take a look at the two sides' recent records - HERE.

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

Road Closures
Details regarding street closures around the Northern Commercials Stadium on match-days - HERE.

Match Officials
The details of Saturday's confirmed match officials - HERE.

Win The Shirt Off My Back
City's match-day prize raffle to return this Saturday - your chance to win the Man of the Match's actual match-worn shirt! Please click HERE for more details.

Banqueting Changes
The latest hospitality information for those using the supporter suites this Saturday (HERE).

The Parader
Information on what to expect inside the Rochdale edition of City's match programme - HERE.

The pre-match thoughts from Stuart McCall (HERE) ahead of Saturday's game.

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

Stuart McCall's side are currently priced at 11/10 to defeat Rochdale at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

The Bantams are also priced at 15/2 to beat Dale by a 2-1 scoreline.

Alex Gilliead is available at 9/1 to opening the scoring, while Dominic Poleon can be backed at 7/4 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 at Valley Parade on Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Rochdale game via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.           

Full audio match commentary of the Rochdale 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 Shrewsbury game.
iFollow Bantams - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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