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Match Previews


6 January 2017

Match Previews


6 January 2017

CHESTERFIELD (HOME) - Saturday 7 January 2017, Sky Bet League One, Northern Commercials Stadium, kick off 3:00pm

The Bantams play host to Chesterfield this Saturday at the Northern Commercials Stadium in the club's first home encounter of 2017.

Stuart McCall's men will come into the Chesterfield game having made the perfect start to the new calendar year with a deserved victory at Northampton Town on Bank Holiday Monday.

McCall's side will also have been boosted by the recent arrival of striker Alex Jones, who could be in a position to make his City debut against the Spireites having secured a move to the Bantams on Thursday.

With former Bantam Gary Liddle as their skipper, Chesterfield currently find themselves in the final relegation spot in the Sky Bet League One table.

Danny Wilson's side played out a goalless draw at home to Milton Keynes Dons last time out, with their previous away fixture ending in a narrow 1-0 loss at Port Vale - a game both McCall and assistant Kenny Black attended.

Heading into Saturday's fixture, Chesterfield have netted just once in their last four games but their current squad does possess talented attackers such as Jay O'Shea, Gboly Ariyibi and Ched Evans that City will need to be wary of.

Team News

Bradford City
New Bantams striker Alex Jones could be named in City's match-day squad for the Chesterfield match after the 22 year-old signed for the club on a two-and-a-half year deal from Championship side Birmingham City this Thursday.

Loan duo Haris Vuckic and Marc McNulty have both returned to their parent clubs, while Filipe Morais and Billy Clarke remain sidelined through injury.

The Spireites will still be without the services of Tommy Lee (shoulder), Dan Jones (foot) and Paul McGinn (hamstring) for their trip to the Northern Commercials Stadium.

Defender Sam Hird missed last Monday's draw with MK Dons through illness while midfielder Connor Dimaio was an unused sub for the match after missing the recent Port Vale away game with a knee problem.

Dimaio did play in Tuesday's victory for the reserves over Nottingham Forest, however, alongside Conor Wilkinson, who is set to play the final game of his loan spell from Bolton Wanderers this Saturday.

Angel Martinez was given the full 90 minutes against Forest after a sustained period out with a long-term knee problem for the Spaniard.

Liverpool loanee Ray Fulton is expected to get the nod in goal ahead of fellow shot-stopper Lloyd Allinson this weekend.

The pair have both been working this season under the guidance of Spireites goalkeeping coach Matt Duke, who played for the Bantams between 2011 and 2013.

Previous Encounters
City ran out 1-0 winners thanks to Billy Clarke's first half strike when the sides last met earlier this season at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium.

The Bantams also secured the win on Chesterfield's most recent visit to Valley Parade. Goals from Lee Evans and Clarke were enough to net a 2-0 win for City on the final day of the regular season last campaign.

The Spireites' latest victory at BD8 did come just the season before, however. 

With both sides still pushing for a play-off spot towards the end of the 2014/2015 campaign, a single goal from Chesterfield's Byron Harrison in the first period helped to claim an important success for the visitors.

Last Time Out

Milton Keynes Dons 0
Chesterfield 0
Sky Bet League One
Monday 2 January 2017

CHESTERFIELD LINE UP: Fulton, O'Neill, Evatt, Anderson, Donohue, Mitchell (Ariyibi 66), Liddle, Nolan, O'Shea, Beesley (Wilkinson 61), Evans 

Subs not used: Allinson, Gardner, Dimaio, Simons, Morrison

Chesterfield's recent league form (from left to right): D - L - L - W - L

): from left to right (Chesterfield's recent league away formL

Chesterfield's expected kit colours: BLUE/WHITE/BLUE

Ticket News
City supporters can purchase their adult match tickets at the discounted rate of only £20.00 if they buy them before 5:00pm this Friday (6 January 2017) evening. Please click  HERE  for more details regarding Chesterfield tickets.

Stadium Access Details
Full details on turnstile, stadium access and security procedures for Saturday's match can be found by clicking HERE.

Walking Football
Wakefield Walking Football Club will be taking part in two games of walking football during the half time interval on Saturday. Please click HERE for more details.

This Saturday's match will be Mr Kettle's ninetieth game of the 2016/2017 season.

The experienced official has already taken charge of one City game so far this campaign, the 1-1 home draw with Southend United back in October. 

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they entertain Chesterfield this Saturday.


3/1. to pick up all three points against the Spireites at the Northern Commercials Stadium. The draw is currently priced at 8/15McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at


 to score the opening goal.4/1, while James Hanson is also currently at 11/2The Bantams can be backed to win 1-0 at 


 to score at anytime throughout the match.3/1Following his goal against Northampton Town last time out, Mark Marshall is also City fans can place their bets for the Chesterfield fixture by clicking on the following link - 


There are as many as 69 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 Northern Commercials Stadium on Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Chesterfield fixture via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage       


Full audio match commentary of the Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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