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2 November 2017

Club News


2 November 2017

Stuart McCall's Bantams welcome Chesterfield to the Northern Commercials Stadium this Saturday (4 November 2017) in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Ahead of the first round encounter at Valley Parade, we take a look at five possible talking points for the weekend.

1. The Emirates FA Cup returns for the Bantams
McCall's men return to Emirates FA Cup action this Saturday with their first round tie against Sky Bet League Two side Chesterfield. Understandably, City will be keen to improve on last season's showing in the FA Cup when the Bantams were defeated at home by another League Two side, Accrington Stanley, at the same first round stage.

2. Possible changes
Although McCall will be keen for secure progression for the Bantams against Chesterfield at the weekend, the City chief is likely to make changes for the tie. Jake Reeves is expected to be rested due to a minor injury, while Nicky Law has been troubled recently by a spot of illness. McCall will be forced into at least one change to the side that began last weekend's win at Portsmouth due to Tony McMahon's suspension. The likes of Shay McCartan, who actually featured for Accrington against City in last season's first round tie, Alex Jones, Omari Patrick and Timothee Dieng will be all itching to earn starting berths. Nathaniel Knight-Percival is back in contention after being suspended for the Portsmouth game and Dominic Poleon will be hoping to prove his fitness after a recent hamstring problem.

3. Three in a row for City
This Saturday's FA Cup encounter with Chesterfield will kick off a run of three home matches in three different competitions for City in the space of just over a week. Following Saturday's tie against Chesterfield, McCall's side welcome Rotherham United to the Northern Commercials Stadium next Tuesday for their final group game in this season's Checkatrade Trophy. The Bantams then return to action in Sky Bet League One the following Saturday when they entertain Plymouth Argyle at Valley Parade.

4. We've met before!
Despite City and Chesterfield not being in the same division this season, this Saturday's cup tie will be the second encounter between the two sides already during the 2017/2018 campaign. The Bantams travelled to Chesterfield's Proact Stadium in late August for a Checkatrade Trophy group game, with City running out 4-2 winners over the Spireites.

5. Familiar faces
Chesterfield will head to Valley Parade with a number of their travelling party familiar with either the Bantams or the local Bradford area. Spireites shot-stopper Tommy Lee was born in nearby Keighley, while midfielder Jordan Sinnott - another player born in the local area - is the son of former City defender Lee Sinnott. Striker Chris O'Grady spent a brief period on loan with the Bantams back in 2009. Chesterfield's current goalkeeper coach is Matt Duke, a member of City's memorable history-makers squad from the unforgettable 2012/2013 campaign. Another of Chesterfield's coaching staff, Tommy Wright, played for the Bantams during the 1990s.

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