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12 September 2017

Club News


12 September 2017

Stuart McCall's Bantams travel to Oxford United this Tuesday (12 September 2017) evening for their latest Sky Bet League One fixture.

Ahead of the match at the Kassam Stadium, we take a look at five possible talking points for the League One encounter.

1. Chicksen replacement?
With Adam Chicksen suspended for one match following his red card at the weekend, City will be forced into at least one change at the Kassam Stadium. Fellow left back Tom Field would be a logical replacement for Chicksen, but McCall also has the option of playing either Nathaniel Knight-Percival or Matthew Kilgallon there as well.

2. Attacking options
McCall suggested in his press duties before Tuesday's game that he could look to freshen things up for the visit to Oxford. McCall certainly showed on more than one occasion last season that he wasn't afraid to make changes for Tuesday night matches in a bid to keep energy levels high within his team. If McCall is looking to change things around, he will have plenty of options in City's attacking ranks at least. Paul Taylor, Omari Patrick, Alex Jones and Shay McCartan all started Saturday's win at Peterborough from the bench, with any one of them in contention to step up into the starting XI at Oxford.

3. The Kassam Stadium - a familar place!
This Tuesday's trip to Oxford will be City's FOURTH visit to the Kassam Stadium in less than a year. City's league visit to Oxford last season came in October, while McCall's men also travelled twice to the Kassam Stadium in just over a week in January for a rearranged Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final.

4. Second away day challenge
This Tuesday's match at Oxford will be City's second away fixture in just four days. On paper, both games - Peterborough United and Oxford United - looked extremely challenging and a stern test of City's credentials. City came out with an impressive victory over previously unbeaten Peterborough at the weekend in the first game of the double-header. Can City now claim another encouraging three-point haul at the Kassam Stadium?

5. Goals, goals, goals?
The Bantams have netted thirteen goals in their last four games, scoring at least three times in each of those matches. Tony McMahon has been involved in four of City's last six goals thanks his deadly set-piece deliveries, while Dominic Poleon's opener at Peterborough means the striker has now scored in each of City's away league games so far this season. Will any of these runs continue at Oxford on Tuesday?

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