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24 February 2017

Match Previews


24 February 2017

vs PORT VALE (AWAY), Saturday 25 February 2017, Sky Bet League One, Vale Park, kick off 3:00pm

Stuart McCall's Bantams travel to Vale Park this Saturday (25 February 2017) to take on Port Vale in their latest Sky Bet League One fixture.

After collecting three draws from their last four games, McCall's men will be desperate to return to winning ways this weekend, although Vale will be keen for the points themselves after recently dropping into the relegation zone.

Vale chief Michael Brown, a former team-mate of McCall's at Sheffield United during their playing days, has been in caretaker charge of the Valiants since Bruno Ribeiro resigned on Boxing Day.

Vale's most recent fixture ahead of the visit of the Bantams actually came on home soil as well, Brown's side drawing 1-1 with Bristol Rovers last weekend.

Vale Park will be a familiar place for a large number of City's travelling supporters this Saturday, with the Club having played there an incredible ten times in the last ten years.

Team News

Port Vale
Vale boss Michael Brown will have to make a change in central defence for Saturday after Kjell Knops received his tenth booking of the season last weekend, meaning he is suspended for the next two games.

With regular centre back Remi Streete ruled out until April due to injury, Brown could ask either right Ben Purkiss or defensive midfielder Danny Pugh to play in the heart of Vale's defence against City.

Striker Tyler Walker, on loan from Nottingham Forest, is ruled out after picking up a serious knee injury during the draw with Bristol Rovers last time out.

Midfielder Anthony de Freitas has been out recently after suffering a groin injury.

After featuring against City earlier in the season with Accrington Stanley in the EFL Cup, former Manchester United and Burnley winger Chris Eagles, now at Vale, could line up against the Bantams.

Eagles actually also played against City's reserves last month while still on trial with the Vale.

Bradford City
City boss Stuart McCall will need to check on the fitness of Mark Marshall after the winger picked up a hamstring injury against Bolton Wanderers last Saturday.

Marshall, who played for Port Vale during the 2014/2015 campaign, is rated as doubtful, although Josh Cullen should be fit to play despite receiving a knock in the same Bolton game.

Alex Jones, another former Valiants player, returned to training this Thursday following a recent hip problem but this Saturday's game will come too soon for him.

Matthew Kilgallon remains sidelined with a long-term shoulder problem.

Last Time Out

Saturday 18 February 2017
Sky Bet League One
Port Vale 1 (Harris OG 54)
Bristol Rovers 1 (Bodin 78)

PORT VALE LINE UP: Fasan, Purkiss, Smith, Knops, Kiko, Eagles (Kelly 67), Foley, Pugh, Thomas, Hooper (Walker 68 (Guy 73)), Forrester

Subs not used: Boot, Turner, Gibbons, Shodipo

Previous Encounters
City and Port Vale first met this season on the opening day of the new campaign.

In Stuart McCall's first competitive game back in charge, the Bantams dominated the match for long periods at the Northern Commercials Stadium but had to settle for a point following a 0-0 draw.

City's two most recent visits to Vale Park have also ended level.

Last season's trip to Port Vale finished 1-1 thanks to Jamie Proctor's leveller after the restart. 

The result was a commendable one for the Bantams after they were forced to play most of the second period with ten men following Lee Evans' straight red card.

The season before, the 2014/2015 campaign, saw the game end 2-2. Goals from James Hanson and Filipe Morais twice gave City a deserved lead but the Bantams were denied the win when Michael O'Connor scored with an injury time penalty.

Look at the two sides' recent records - please click HERE.

Away Fans' Guide
Information for supporters making the trip to Vale Park - please click HERE.

Five Things To Look Out For
Possible points of interest to look out for ahead of this Saturday's match - please click HERE.

Ticket News
City's ticket office have now SOLD OUT of adult tickets for this fixture. 

City supporters will, however, be able to pay on the day without any increase in price.

Tickets purchased on match-day must be bought from the ticket sales kiosk outside the away stand - this will strictly be CASH only.

Family tickets (without adults) and tickets for all other age groups are still currently available for sale from City's ticket office.

Tickets will go off sale from the ticket office at 4:00pm on Friday (24 February 2017).

Any supporters with pre-paid tickets for collection will also have until 4:00pm on Friday to pick them up from the ticket office.

Any uncollected tickets by that point will be made available to pick up from Port Vale on match-day.

Admission prices for the match are:

Adults: £22.00    
Senior Citizens (Over 62s): £17.00    
Young Adults (18-21 year-olds): £17.00    
Juniors (Under 18s): £10.00    
Under 9s: FREE    
Carers: FREE

Port Vale also offer the option of a 'Family Bundle' for supporters.

Adults: £20.00    
Juniors: £9.00    
Senior Citizens/Young Adults: £15.00

All tickets must be bought together to qualify for the family bundle concession (i.e. two adults and two juniors = £58.00).

At least one junior must be bought with any adults ticket(s) to qualify for the family bundle price.

A maximum of two adult/senior/young adult tickets can be purchased at one time under the family bundle offer.

Disabled supporters are asked to pay the age-related price from the list above. As instructed before, carer tickets go free, subject to the disabled supporter receiving DLA/PIP at the mid or higher rate.

Port Vale have informed City's ticket office that there are no disabled facilities in the away section at Vale Park.

There is, however, a dedicated disabled stand which is situated at the opposite end of the ground.

This particular section of Vale Park is suitable for ambulant disabled fans who require disable facilities and for wheelchair users.

This area will be open to both Port Vale and Bradford City supporters.

Tickets for this stand MUST be purchased directly from Port Vale in advance of the game from their ticket office - 01782 655821.

Car parking is available on the day behind the away section at Vale Park.

Prices are £5.00 for cars, £16.00 per mini bus and £25.00 for each coach.

City's expected kit colours: BLACK/AMBER/AMBER

Managers' View

Michael Brown: "It is a great game to have, a home game against a top-six team. It will be a difficult match because Bradford have a good squad and a good manager. We are looking forward to the game."

Stuart McCall: "Between now and the end of the season, it is all about finding ways to win games of football. We will go there (Port Vale) on Saturday with a real determination to come back with all three points." 

Match Official: MARK HEYWOOD
This Saturday's encounter will be Mr Heywood's twenty-eighth game in charge of this season.

The official has overseen mainly League One and League Two fixtures so far during the 2016/2017 campaign.

His most recent match in the middle for a fixture involving City came back in September when the Bantams drew 0-0 at Bolton Wanderers.

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they travel to Port Vale on Saturday.


.13/5 to pick up all three points against the Valiants at Vale Park. The draw is currently priced at 8/13McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at 


 to score the opening goal.5/1, while Billy Clarke is also currently at 5/1The Bantams can be backed to win 2-0 at

Following his brace against Bolton Wanderers last time out, Charlie Wyke is 11/8 to score at anytime throughout the match. City fans can place their bets for the Port Vale 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 Vale Park on Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Port Vale fixture via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage            


Full audio match commentary of the Port Vale 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.

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 Port Vale game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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