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29 September 2017

Match Previews


29 September 2017

Following the midweek home loss to Fleetwood Town, Stuart McCall's Bantams return to the Northern Commercials Stadium this Saturday (30 September 2017) for their Yorkshire derby with Doncaster Rovers.

After the disappointment of Tuesday night's 3-0 reversal at the hands of the Cod Army, McCall's men will be understandably keen to bounce back against Doncaster.

Rovers have already visited Valley Parade once before, defeating ten-man City 3-2 in early August in the Carabao Cup Round One.

Doncaster currently find themselves eighteenth in Sky Bet League One, with both of their league wins so far this season coming away from home (at Blackburn Rovers and Plymouth Argyle).

Saturday's game will be City's seventh and final fixture in a busy month of September.

The Fleetwood defeat was City's first loss during September. The Bantams' other results during the month have seen them claim four wins and one draw.

A bumper crowd and high-octane game could be on the cards, and McCall's men will keen to finish off the month by getting back to winning ways.

Team News

Bradford City
Stuart McCall is expected to have a tough decision on his hands when it comes to selecting his attacking players for the visit of Doncaster.

McCall brought Alex Jones and Omari Patrick into the side for Tuesday's Fleetwood game, while Charlie Wyke, Paul Taylor and Dominic Poleon were all introduced from the bench.

One attacker definitely unavailable to McCall, however, is Northern Irishman Shay McCartan.

The striker is still sidelined with a calf injury.

Timothee Dieng is also ruled out with a calf problem, although it is hoped the Frenchman will be able to return to full training at some point next week.

Rouven Sattelmaier (hamstring) remains injured as well.

Romain Vincelot is expected to be fit enough to be involved against Doncaster despite nursing a minor knee problem in the last three games.

Doncaster Rovers
First choice Rovers shot-stopper Ian Lawlor is a major doubt for this weekend's game after injuring his ankle in the closing stages of the midweek home defeat to table-toppers Shrewsbury Town.

If, as expected, Lawlor misses out at the weekend, then Slovakian 'keeper Marko Marosi is likely to start in net for Doncaster at Valley Parade.

Defenders Mathieu Baudry, Danny Andrew and Luke McCullough, plus striker Alex Kiwomya, remain on the sidelines currently for Rovers. 

City supporters can purchase their adult match tickets at the pre-match rate up until 5:00pm on Friday. Please click HERE for more information.

Stadium Access Details
Match-day information for supporters coming to the Northern Commercials Stadium this Saturday - HERE.

Five Things
A look at five possible talking points ahead of this Saturday's game - HERE.

A look at the two sides' recent records going into the weekend - HERE.

Match Officials
Details of the full set of match officials for this Saturday's fixture - HERE.

The Parader
City's match-day programme to be on sale as normal ahead of the Doncaster fixture this Saturday. Please click HERE for further details. 

Win The Shirt Off My Back
City's raffle ticket prize draw to return once again this Saturday. Lucky winners will receive either £100.00 or the actual match-worn shirt of Saturday's Man-of-the-Match! Please click HERE for more details.

Back the Bantams with Sky Bet!
City supporters can back the Bantams for success this Saturday at home to Doncaster Rovers with Sky Bet!

Stuart McCall's side are currently priced at 13/10 to defeat Doncaster at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

The Bantams are also priced at 9/1 to beat Doncaster by a 2-0 scoreline.

Alex Jones is available at 5/1 to opening the scoring, while Paul Taylor can be backed at 2/1 to score at anytime during the game.

Fans can place their bets now with Sky Bet by clicking HERE.

There is currently 71 separate betting markets open for this game.

Please note, odds are subject to change.

For those unable to get to Northern Commercials Stadium on Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Doncaster Rovers game via the club's official Facebook and Twitter pages.           

Full audio match commentary of the Doncaster match can be found via iFollow Bantams. Keep up to date with BBC Radio Leeds' Tim Steere for match action and reaction from the game.

Subscribers of iFollow Bantams will now actually be able to hear post-match interviews from Stuart McCall and his players directly after the game via the extended audio match-day service.

The iFollow Bantams match-day commentary service will stay active until 6:00pm after the game on Saturday.

New for this season, iFollow subscribers outside the UK and Ireland will also be able to watch LIVE coverage of the match as it happens!

Video post-match interviews from McCall and his players, plus extended match highlights over the coming days, is also available via iFollow.

On top of all that, iFollow subscribers can get interviews, action, previous encounters and highlights as well in the build up to Saturday's match.

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

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