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Match Previews


20 April 2018

Match Previews


20 April 2018

Simon Grayson's Bantams make the short journey across the Pennines this Saturday (21 April 2018) to take on Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena.

Grayson's men face Dale at the weekend looking to close the gap to the top six after Tuesday's impressive 3-1 home victory over Portsmouth.

City have another four matches left in their league campaign following the weekend trip to Dale, meaning the Bantams still have plenty of points to play for between now and the end of the season.

Opponents Rochdale head into this Saturday's game also in need of results in their remaining games.

The Lancashire side are currently sitting in the bottom four in the Sky Bet League One table, just one point and one place away from the safety zone.

Like City, Rochdale also played a rearranged game in midweek.

Dale played out a goalless draw against near neighbours and relegation rivals Oldham Athletic at the Crown Oil Arena on Tuesday night, with defender Joe Rafferty seeing a first half penalty saved for the hosts.

Team News

Influential forward Ian Henderson will serve the second game of a four-match ban at the weekend following a recent red card.

Andy Cannon (fractured cheekbone), Niall Canavan (ankle) and Keith Keane (groin) will also miss out.

Bradford City
Tyrell Robinson is ruled out for this Saturday's trip to Rochdale after damaging his shoulder during Tuesday's win over Portsmouth.

Robinson is expected to see a specialist on Monday to determine whether he will have any chance of featuring again this season.

Alex Jones is definitely ruled out of the remainder of the campaign after undergoing another operation this week to cure a long-standing ankle problem.

Jake Reeves (groin) and Ryan McGowan (knee) are unlikely to be involved in any of City's final five league fixtures this season.

Earlier this season

Saturday 9 December 2017
Sky Bet League One
Bradford City 4 (Kilgallon 8, Wyke 40, Poleon 42, Robinson 78)
Rochdale 3 (Henderson 41, 45+2, Davies 75)

Sattelmaier, McMahon, Kilgallon, Knight-Percival, Robinson (Hanson 87), Gilliead, Vincelot, Law (Thompson 77), Taylor, Poleon (Hendrie 67), Wyke

Subs not used: Raeder, McCartan, Gibson, Patrick

Lillis, Daniels, McNulty (Williams 46), McGahey, Rafferty (Cannon 59), Camps, Rathbone, Henderson, Ntlhe, Done (Davies 75), Andrew

Subs not used: Moore, Slew, Inman, Gillam

Previously at the Crown Oil Arena

Saturday 30 April 2017
Sky Bet League One
Rochdale 1 (Lund 66)
Bradford City 1 (Jones 9)

Logan, Rafferty, McGahey, McNulty, Bunney, Camps, Lund (Noble-Lazarus 86), Allen, Mendez-Laing, Henderson (McDermott 11, (Cannon 72)), Andrew

Subs not used: Wilson, Vincenti, Canavan, Rathbone

Sattelmaier, Darby, Kilgallon, McArdle, Toner, Devine, B Clarke (Pybus 73), Gilliead (Hudson 55), Dieng, Hiwula, Jones (Penney 60)

Subs not used: Doyle, Knight-Percival, Hanson, Peters

City supporters will be able to pay cash on the turnstiles for Saturday's match.

Admission prices will be:

Adults - £22.00
Seniors - £16.00 (65 year-olds and over)
Young Person - £16.00 (16-21 year-olds)
Juniors - £5.00 (15 year-olds and under)
Under 2s - FOC (free ticket must be obtained from the ticket office before going to the turnstiles)      

Ambulant disabled fans will be asked to pay the age-related price from this table above.

They will also be eligible for a free carer's ticket, provided they are in receipt of DLA at the mid or enhanced rate.

Supporters requiring wheelchair access will be asked to pay the concessionary price - £16.00 - with a carer's ticket also being provided free of charge.

Supporters purchasing concession tickets need to have photo ID with them at Rochdale on match-day and when they purchase their tickets from City's ticket office.

Away Fans' Guide
A look at some relevant match-day information for those supporters making the journey to Rochdale this Saturday - HERE.

Match Officials

Referee Ollie Yates will be in charge of City's trip to Rochdale at the weekend. Mr Yates, who was the fourth official for the win over Portsmouth on Tuesday, is currently in his second season officiating at EFL level. This Saturday's game will be Mr Yates' first in the middle for a fixture involving the Bantams. The two assistant referees at Rochdale will be Mark Cunliffe and Abbas Khan. The fourth official at the Crown Oil Arena is scheduled to be Duncan Street.

Kit Colours
The Bantams will wear their white and claret strip for this Saturday's match at the Crown Oil Arena.

Manager's Pre-Match Thoughts
City boss Simon Grayson spoke with iFollow Bantams ahead of the match at Rochdale.

Supporters can see snippets of the pre-match interview below:

The FULL video interview with Grayson can be found on iFollow Bantams - HERE.

Back the Bantams
City supporters can back the Bantams for success at Rochdale with Sky Bet!

City are currently priced at 4/1 to defeat Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena.

The Bantams are also priced at 14/1 to beat Rochdale by a 2-1 scoreline.

Charlie Wyke is available at 5/1 to opening the scoring, while Matthew Lund can be backed at 11/2 to score at anytime during the game.

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

Please note, odds are subject to change.

For those unable to get to the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Rochdale game via the club's official website, plus Facebook and Twitter pages.      

City's Facebook and Twitter pages will include game updates on match-day, while the 'Match Centre' on the official website will give supporters all the stats, news and in-game action.     

Full audio match commentary of the Rochdale match can be found via iFollow Bantams. Keep up to date with commentary from our media partners BBC Radio Leeds for match action and reaction from the game.

Video post-match interviews from Simon Grayson and his players, plus extended match highlights over the coming days, are 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 Rochdale game.
iFollow Bantams - HERE
Match Centre - HERE
Facebook - HERE
Twitter - HERE

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