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3 May 2017

Club News


3 May 2017

Stuart McCall's Bantams entertain Fleetwood Town at the Northern Commercials Stadium this Thursday (4 May 2017) evening in the first leg of their Sky Bet League One Play-Offs semi-final.

Ahead of the eagerly-anticipated encounter, takes a look at five possible talking points for Thursday evening...

1. Here. We. Go!
After 46 league games, plenty of effort and a number of eye-catching displays, City have made it through to the end-of-season play-offs. The excitement will, understandably, be beginning to build as we move nearer to kick off. The home fans are sure to be in good voice come Thursday night - can the Bantams make home advantage count in the all-important opening leg?

2. We've been here before...
City's latest play-off campaign this week will be the Club's third in their last five seasons. Rory McArdle, James Meredith and Stephen Darby have been at Valley Parade for all three, while another four members of McCall's squad - Tony McMahon, Billy Clarke, Mark Marshall and Josh Cullen - were involved in last season's play-off semi-finals with Millwall. On top of that, Matthew Kilgallon, Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Jordy Hiwula, Nicky Law and Romain Vincelot also have experience of the unique play-off format with other clubs. Will this knowledge and understanding come in handy for the Bantams once the action gets under way?

3. Home support
As McCall's side look to take advantage of playing at home first in the semi-finals, the support of the City fans will be needed as much as ever. The Northern Commercials Stadium has seen some truly fantastic atmospheres throughout this season so far, and the staff and players have spoke numerous times about how much of a help that wall of positive noise and backing can be. Can we all help to play our part and create another amazing occasion one last time at home this season come Thursday night? Oh, and the club are looking to create another 'scarf parade', so please bring along your City scarf!

4. Sky Sports cameras
The Sky Sports cameras will be at the Northern Commercials Stadium for the first time this season on Thursday evening. The game will be City's third match to broadcast live on Sky Sports television in under six weeks, but the first on home soil. Can City produce a performance to impress the watching audience at home?

5. Tight encounter expected?
Only one place and three points separated Fleetwood and City in the final League One table of the season. Both sides conceded 43 goals, with Fleetwood scoring just two more than City throughout the league campaign. Both matches during the regular league season finished 2-1 to the home side. The stats would suggest a tight and evenly-contested encounter - will that prove to be the case come Thursday though?

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