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Match Previews


4 May 2017

Match Previews


4 May 2017

vs FLEETWOOD TOWN, Sky Bet League One Play-Offs Semi-Final First Leg, Thursday 4 May 2017, kick off 7:45pm, Northern Commercials Stadium

Here we are. The wait is almost over!

Stuart McCall's Bantams entertain Fleetwood Town at the Northern Commercials Stadium this Thursday evening in the eagerly-anticipated first leg of their play-offs semi-final.

This season's play-offs adventure will be City's third in their last five campaigns. With home advantage first up, McCall's men will be keen to put down an early marker in the opening leg.

Fleetwood have shown impressive form on the road this season, however, picking up notable victories at Sheffield United and Scunthorpe United.

There was precious little to split the two teams on the final league table of the season - with both sides even winning their home games 2-1 during the regular campaign - suggesting that we could be in for a evenly-fought contest over the two legs.

Team News

Bradford City
Bantams striker Alex Jones is the only doubt for City after the 22 year-old limped off during last Sunday's draw at Rochdale with a hamstring injury.

Matthew Kilgallon and Alex Gilliead both made a welcome return from injury in that same Rochdale game, with both players expected to be in City's squad on Thursday evening.

Fleetwood Town
The Cod Army will need to check on the fitness of influential centre-half Cian Bolger after the defender aggravated an ankle injury early into the match with Port Vale last time out.

If Bolger misses out, Fleetwood stalwart Nathan Pond is expected to take his place at the back.

Former Bantams forward Devante Cole is also a doubt for the visitors due to a groin injury.

Midfielder Jimmy Ryan made his return from a long-term foot injury during the week in the Fleetwood's Lancashire Senior Cup match at Blackburn Rovers.

Last time out

Port Vale 0
Fleetwood Town 0
Sky Bet League One
Sunday 30 April 2017

FLEETWOOD TOWN: Cairns, McLaughlin (Cole 62), Eastham, Bolger (Pond 17), Davies, Dempsey, Glendon (Brannagan 74), Grant, Bell, Hunter, Ball

Subs not used: Urwin, Burns, Nirennold, Schwabi

City supporters can still purchase tickets for Thursday's opening leg. Adult tickets are available at £25.00, concessions £15.00 and juniors priced at £10.00.

Tickets are available to buy from the Club's ticket office. Tickets are also on sale online - HERE.

Any supporters who need to collect pre-paid tickets can do so from the 1911 Club main reception.

Take a look at the two sides' recent records going into Thursday's opening leg - HERE.

Five Talking Points
Some of the key talking points heading into Thursday's mouth-watering game - HERE.

Stadium Access
Some important match-day stadium access details for supporters ahead of first leg - HERE.

Road closures
There will be some road closures in place around the stadium on Thursday evening - HERE.

The Parader
There will be a special 84-page Play-Offs edition of 'The Parader' this Thursday evening. Featuring interviews with Romain Vincelot, Tony McMahon, Rory McArdle, Mark Marshall, Greg Abbott and Wayne Jacobs, it is the Club's biggest programme of the season! Supporters can purchase their copy online - HERE.

The Club will be on Facebook Live from 6:00pm this Thursday evening with some pre-match build-up. We'll have live interviews with Garry Thompson, Jamie Lawrence, Greg Abbott and John Hendrie from the within the stadium ahead of kick off. The Club will then look to whip up the atmosphere even further with some events on the pitch from around 7:30pm. City are also looking to create another 'scarf parade' ahead of kick off, so please bring your club scarf along this evening!

MATCH OFFICIAL: Oliver Langford
Mr Langford has officiated 43 games so far this season, mainly in the Championship.

His most recent match in charge of City came back in December 2013 when the Bantams drew 1-1 at home to Swindon Town.

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet

City supporters can back Stuart McCall's Bantams with Sky Bet when they host Fleetwood Town in Thursday's first semi-final.


23/10. to pick up the home win against the Cod Army at the Northern Commercials Stadium. The draw is currently priced at 10/11McCall's men are available with the EFL's title sponsors at


 to score the opening goal.11/2, while Billy Clarke is also currently at 9/2The Bantams can be backed to win 1-0 at

After scoring against Fleetwood earlier this season, Jordy Hiwula is 2/1 to score at anytime throughout the match. City fans can place their bets for the Fleetwood first leg by clicking on the following link - 


There are as many as 126 different betting options with Sky Bet for Thursday's game.


Please note, all odds are subject to change.


For those unable to get to the Northern Commercials Stadium on Thursday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Fleetwood Town first leg via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.Coverage             


Full audio match commentary of the Fleetwood 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 Thursday's match.

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

Bantams Player HD - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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