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9 February 2017

Match Previews


9 February 2017

BRISTOL ROVERS (AWAY) - Saturday 11 February 2017, Sky Bet League One, Memorial Stadium, kick off 3:00pm


The Bantams make the long journey south to Bristol Rovers this Saturday for their latest fixture in Sky Bet League One.


The game is the first part of an away-day double-header for Stuart McCall's men, with City set to play Fleetwood Town at their Highbury Stadium next Tuesday (14 February 2017).


Currently sitting tenth in the league table and just three points off the play-offs, opponents Bristol Rovers will go into Saturday's encounter with the Bantams with an impressive recent home record.


The Pirates have won their last five games on the trot at the Memorial Stadium, scoring sixteen goals in the process. 


Rovers did recently suffer the blow of losing nineteen-goal top scorer Matty Taylor, however. The in-form striker departed on transfer deadline day to complete a headline-grabbing move to near neighbours Bristol City.


Team News


Bristol Rovers

With Matty Taylor having left for Bristol City, former Bantams loanee Luke James started in attack for the Pirates at Rochdale last weekend.

James spent the first part of last season on loan at Valley Parade from Peterborough United.

Rory Gaffney is another attacking option for Rovers boss Darrell Clarke, while wingers Byron Moore and Cristian Montano could also come into the reckoning.

Former Sheffield United defender Bob Harris will be looking for his first involvement as a Rovers player after moving to the Memorial Stadium recently on a free transfer.


Bradford City

City defender Nathaniel Knight-Percival is expected to come back into contention this weekend after returning to training.

Knight-Percival has missed the last three games due to an ankle injury but the centre half is now likely to make up part of the Bantams' travelling party for the trip down to Bristol Rovers.

Alex Jones is still sidelined with a hip problem, however, while Matthew Kilgallon remains on the long-term injury list after recent surgery on a damaged pectoral muscle.

Previous Encounters

City's first encounter with Bristol Rovers this season ended in a 1-1 draw at the Northern Commercials Stadium back in September.


James Meredith's first goal of the season had put McCall's men in front but Rovers responded late on with a leveller through Charlie Colkett following an unfortunate slip from Romain Vincelot.


The game will most probably be remembered mainly in the future for the brief stoppage in the second period after a flying drone was spotted over the stadium.


The Bantams' previous match at the Memorial Stadium came during the club's famous 2012/2013 'history-makers' campaign.


The entertaining game ended 3-3, with City equalising on three separate occasions. 


Both sides also ended the see-saw encounter with ten men when Nathan Doyle for the Bantams and Rovers' Wayne Brown were given their marching orders deep into stoppage time.


Last Time Out


Kick Off: 3.00pm
Bristol Rovers 0
Rochdale 0
Sky Bet League One
Saturday 4 February 2017


: Lumley, Partington, Lockyer, Sweeney, Brown, Bodin (Montano 90), O Clarke, Sinclair, Lines, James, Harrison (Gaffney 83)LINE UPBRISTOL ROVERS  


: Leadbitter, Mansell, Moore, Puddy, BurnSubs not used


W - L - L - W - D): from left to right (Bristol Rovers' last five


City's kit coloursAMBER/AMBER/BLACK -


Stadium Address


Filton Avenue  
Memorial Stadium  



Tickets for this fixture are on sale now from the ticket office and online (please click HERE).


SOLD OUT.Only the terrace area at the Memorial Stadium remains available to City supporters though. City's small allocation of tickets for the away seating section have now 


 and therefore open to the elements.UNCOVEREDThe terracing section at Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium is 


 from City's ticket office for this fixture at 4:00pm on Thursday (9 February 2017).OFF SALESubject to availability, tickets will go 


Any ticket orders made before 5:00pm on Tuesday (7 February 2017) will be posted out. 


Any tickets purchased after this time will be made available for collection from City's ticket office until 5:00pm on Thursday, or from Bristol Rovers on match-day.


Any supporters wishing to collect their pre-paid ticket(s) from City's ticket office on Friday (10 February 2017) must contact the ticket office itself by no later than 5:00pm on the Thursday otherwise the tickets will be sent to Bristol.


Admission prices for this fixture will be:




Adults - £18.00

Concession (65+) - £10.00

Young Adults (16-21) - £14.00

Under 16s - £10.00


Adult disabled fans will be asked to pay £11.00 to enter either the seating or standing area.


Under 16 disabled fans will pay £9.00 for the seating or terracing section.


Disabled supporters will be entitled to a free carer ticket, subject to being in receipt of DLA or PIP at the mid or higher rate.


Away Fans' Guide

Match-day information about the Memorial Stadium for those travelling to the game on Saturday can be found HERE.


The highly-experienced match official has taken charge of twenty-six games already this season.

Mr Salisbury has been in the middle for two City matches during the 2016/2017 campaign so far - the home win over Fleetwood Town in September and the Emirates FA Cup loss to Accrington Stanley in November.

The referee has officiated at mainly League One and League Two level this season, his most recent fixture coming last Saturday when Wycombe Wanderers beat Portsmouth 1-0 at home.

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they travel to Bristol Rovers this Saturday.


.23/10 to pick up all three points against the Pirates at the Memorial Stadium. The draw is currently priced at 6/4McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at 


 to score the opening goal.6/1, while Billy Clarke is also currently at 15/2The Bantams can be backed to win 1-0 at

After netting on his debut last weekend, Charlie Wyke is 7/4 to score at anytime throughout the match. City fans can place their bets for the Bristol Rovers fixture by clicking on the following link - 


There are as many as 71 different betting options with Sky Bet for Saturday's game.


Please note, all odds are subject to change.


For those unable to get to the Memorial Stadium on Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Bristol Rovers fixture via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage          


Full audio match commentary of the Bristol Rovers match can be found via Bantams Player HD. Join Pulse 2's Jason Thornton and Chris Cooper for match action and reaction from the game.


Bantams Player HD is also the place for post-match interviews from McCall and his players, plus extended match highlights over the coming days.

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

Supporters can subscribe to Bantams Player HD for as little as £4.49 per month.

The official website, Twitter and Facebook pages will also have post-match reaction from the City camp following the Bristol Rovers game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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