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Match Previews


13 January 2017

Match Previews


13 January 2017

SHREWSBURY TOWN (AWAY), Sky Bet League One, Saturday 14 January 2017, Greenhous Meadow, kick off 3:00pm


The Bantams head to Shropshire this Saturday looking to maintain their fine start to 2017 by collecting a third win on the trot in Sky Bet League One.


Hosts Shrewsbury Town currently sit one place above the League One drop zone following a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Swindon Town last Saturday.


After recently securing 'doubles' over Northampton Town and Chesterfield, Stuart McCall's Bantams will be aiming for back-to-back victories over Shrewsbury following the 2-0 win for City at the Northern Commercials Stadium earlier in the season.


Roughly two weeks after that meeting in October, Shrewsbury recruited Paul Hurst from Grimsby Town as their new boss.


Under Hurst, Shrewsbury have only lost once and conceded once on home soil, both of which happened last time out at the Greenhous Meadow when an early Devante Cole goal secured a 1-0 win for Fleetwood Town.


Team News


Shrewsbury Town

The Shrews will have defender Aristote Nsiala available for selection for this weekend after his red card at Swindon was successfully overturned.


Although the dismissal was eventually chalked off, Nsiala's sending off at the County Ground was Shrewsbury's seventh of the season so far.


Fellow defender Ryan McGivern could also be involved for Shrewsbury following a recent shoulder injury.


Two other defensive players in the Shrews squad, Jack Grimmer and Olly Lancashire, won't be in contention for the visit of the Bantams, however, due to ankle and hamstring injuries respectively.


Recent signings Freddie Ladapo and Alex Rodman could feature for the first time at the Greenhous Meadow after both making their debuts for the Shrews at Swindon.


Shrews youngsters Kaiman Anderson and Callum Grogan may make up part of the hosts' match-day squad after both being recalled from loan spells in non-league.


Attackers Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and George Waring have both returned their parent clubs after completing loan spells with Shrewsbury.

AJ Leitch-Smith is sidelined with a knee problem.


Bradford City

Fit-again James Hanson could be pushed for a recall after recovering from a minor calf problem.


Hanson missed last Saturday's win over Chesterfield but the long-serving striker could now be in a position to contend with Alex Jones and Jordy Hiwula for a place in the Bantams' attack.


New loan signing Alex Gilliead is expected to be in City's travelling party for the journey south after completing a temporary move from Newcastle United this Thursday.


Filipe Morais is still sidelined with a calf injury, while Billy Clarke could make his return from two months out in next Tuesday's trip to Cheltenham Town in the Checkatrade Trophy.


Last Time Out


Shrewsbury Town 1 (Sadler 80)
Swindon Town 1 (Goddard pen 55)
Sky Bet League One
Saturday 10 January 2017


SHREWSBURY TOWN LINE UP: Leutwiler, Riley, El-Abd, Nsiala, Sadler, Rodman (Whalley 77), Ogogo, Deegan, Brown, Dodds, Ladapo


Subs not used: Halstead, Smith, O'Brien, Waring, Ebanks-Blake, Grogan

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

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

Previous Encounters

The Bantams ran out 2-0 winners last time the two sides met back in October at the Northern Commercials Stadium.


City enjoyed the half time lead on that occasion thanks to Nicky Law's first goal of the season. Shrewsbury tried to push for an equaliser after the break but a late penalty from Haris Vuckic secured the points for McCall's side.


The Bantams' most recent visit to Shrewsbury last season ended in frustration for City's squad after they had to settle for a point despite completely dominating the fixture.


Large periods of pressure saw City record 16 shots and 17 corners in total throughout the game, and they finally took the lead of the game thanks to Jamie Proctor's 71st minute header.

Shrewsbury hit back to level with just six minutes of time remaining, however, when Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro headed in from a deep free-kick into the box.

There was also late drama in City's other visit to Shrewsbury in League One back in March 2014.

Andrew Davies gave City the lead with just over ten minutes of normal time left but the hosts quickly equalised through Jon Taylor.

Shrewsbury then struck deep into injury time when Shaun Miller netted on his Shrews debut to secure all three points for his new side in the most dramatic fashion.

Ticket News

Match tickets for this fixture will go OFF SALE from the City ticket office from 1:00pm this Friday (13 January 2017).

Tickets for this match can be purchased in person from the ticket office at the Northern Commercials Stadium or online (please click HERE) until the Friday afternoon deadline.

City supporters will be able to pay on the day at Shrewsbury's Greenhous Meadow with no increase in price.

Any tickets purchased online after 4:30pm on Tuesday (10 January) will not be posted out. 

Any pre-paid tickets not collected from the ticket office by 1:00pm on Friday will be available to pick up from Shrewsbury on match-day.

Admission prices for the Shrewsbury match will be:

Adults - £20.00

Seniors (aged 65 and over) - £15.00

Students - £15.00 *

Young Adults (aged 19-21) - £15.00

Juniors (aged 12-18) £8.00

Juniors (aged 8-11) £6.00 

Under 8s - FOC **

Must show valid NUS card when purchasing ticket.

** Only available in person from the ticket office, not online.


Disabled fans will be asked to pay £15.00 for their ticket. This will entitle them to a free carer's pass as well, subject to the disabled fan being in receipt of DLA or PIP at the mid or high level.


Shrewsbury have six disabled car parking bays available for away fans at the Greenhous Meadow. Spaces must be booked through City's ticket office.

Office staff will need the drivers' name and the registration number of the vehicle they are travelling in.

Stadium Details

Shrewsbury's full stadium address is:

Shrewsbury Town Football Club
Greenhous Meadow
Oteley Road

Shrewsbury train station (SY1 2DQ) is just over two miles away from the stadium.

City's kit coloursWHITE/BLACK/WHITE

Weather Update
There are no alarms at present with regards the weather forecast for the Shrewsbury region. No snow is predicted for match-day and temperatures are only scheduled to dip as low as around freezing on Friday night. 

There are no concerns for the game at the moment but the Club will update supporters through the official website and their social media channels should this change.

Graham Taylor OBE

As with all other EFL fixtures this weekend, there will be a minute's applause ahead of kick off on Saturday to mark the sudden passing of former England manager Graham Taylor, who sadly died this Thursday.

Both sides will also wear black armbands for the game.

MATCH OFFICIAL: Charles Breakspear

Mr Breakspear has already been in charge of twenty-five games this season ahead of Saturday's game at Shrewsbury.

The official has been in the middle for one City match so far this season - the 1-1 draw at Millwall back in early September.

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

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


.12/5 to pick up all three points against the Shrews at the Greenhous Meadow. The draw is currently priced at 17/20McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at 


 to score the opening goal.5/1, while Alex Jones is also currently at 9/2The Bantams can be backed to win 1-0 at


 to score at anytime throughout the match.7/2After netting twice in the last two games, Mark Marshall is also City fans can place their bets for the Shrewsbury 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 Greenhous Meadow on Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Shrewsbury Town fixture via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage        


Full audio match commentary of the Shrewsbury 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 Shrewsbury game.

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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