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22 January 2018

Match Previews


22 January 2018

Following the weekend trip to Bristol Rovers, Stuart McCall's Bantams are back on the road again this Tuesday (23 January 2018) for their Yorkshire derby with Rotherham United.

With only four points and two places separating the two neighbours, this particular derby encounter could have even more excitement and drama than normal.

This Tuesday's match will be City's first visit to the AESSEAL New York Stadium since April 2014, when the Bantams battled to a goalless draw against the Millers.

McCall's men will be looking to claim the 'double' - home and away victories -  over the Millers this season following a hard-fought 1-0 win at the Northern Commercials Stadium back in September.

City's midweek match with Rotherham is a re-arranged fixture.

The Bantams were originally due to meet the Millers at the start of the month, but the first fixture was postponed due to City's Emirates FA Cup third round tie at Yeovil Town.

Team News

Rotherham United
The Millers could look to give Michael Smith his first start after the striker joined from Bury earlier this month.

Following a recent period out with a knee injury, Jon Taylor is another who could been named in Rotherham's starting XI against City.

Taylor has been on the bench the last two games but Millers boss Paul Warne might feel now is the right time to recall the winger.

Fellow midfielder Darren Potter continues his fight for fitness after an Achilles injury.

Bradford City
Adam Chicksen could make a return to City's match-day squad after being sidelined for the past three months with a thigh injury.

Adam Thompson could also be involved for the trip to Rotherham after a recent groin problem.

Colin Doyle is making good progress from a knee injury but this Tuesday's game is expected to come too soon for the Irish goalkeeper.

Omari Patrick (knee) and Alex Jones (ankle) remain sidelined.

Previously at the AESSEAL New York Stadium

Friday 11 April 2014
Sky Bet League One
Rotherham United 0
Bradford City 0

Collin, Skarz, Morgan, Arnason, Tavernier, O'Connor, Pringle, Smallwood, Adams (Vuckic 63), Revell, Agard

Subs not used: Shearer, Brindley, Davis, Milsom, Thomas, Hitchcock

McLaughlin, Darby, Davies, McArdle, Drury, Jones, Doyle, Dolan (De Vita 77), Reach, Bennett (Thompson 89), Stead

Subs not used: Barker, McHugh, Bates, Yeates, McBurnie

Earlier this season

Saturday 16 September 2017
Sky Bet League One
Bradford City 1 (Vincelot 21)
Rotherham United 0

Doyle, McMahon, Knight-Percival, Kilgallon, Chicksen, Vincelot, Reeves, Law (Thompson 82), Gilliead, Wyke, Poleon (Patrick 62)

Subs not used: Raeder, Hendrie, McCartan, Taylor, Jones

Rodak, Mattock (s/o 90), Wood, Ihiekwe, Vaulks, Frecklington, Taylor (Forde 72), Potter, Towell (Clarke-Harris 80), Williams (Newell 62), Moore

Subs not used: O'Donnell, Ajayi, Purrington, Yates

Last time out

Saturday 20 January 2018
Sky Bet League One
Rotherham United 1 (Mattock 90+1)
Portsmouth 0

Rodak, Emmanuel, Mattock, Ajayi, Wood, Vaulks, Forde (Taylor 82), Towell, Williams (Newell 65), Ball, Yates (Smith 65)

Subs not used: Price, Ihiekwe, Clarke-Harris, Cummings

Saturday 20 January 2018
Sky Bet League One
Bristol Rovers 3 (Partington 53, Lines pen 84, Sercombe 87)
Bradford City 1 (Wyke pen 38)

Sattelmaier, Dieng, Kilgallon, Knight-Percival, Gilliead, Law, Reeves (Guy 72), Vincelot, Robinson, Taylor (Poleon 72), Wyke

Subs not used: Raeder, McCartan, Gibson, Devine, Pybus

League positions:

ROTHERHAM UNITED - 7th (played 28, points 44)
BRADFORD CITY - 5th (played 28, points 48)

Recent league form


20/01/18 - Portsmouth (H) - 1-0 (W)
13/01/18 - Oldham (A) 1-1 (D)
01/01/18 - Blackburn R (H) - 1-1 (D)
28/12/17 - Walsall (A) 2-1 (W)
26/12/17 - Bury (A) 3-0 (W)


20/01/18 - Bristol Rovers (A) - 1-3 (L)
13/01/18 - Northampton Town (H) - 1-2 (L)
01/01/18 - Fleetwood Town (A) - 2-1 (W)
28/12/18 - Oxford United (H) - 3-2 (W)
26/12/18 - Peterborough United (H) - 1-3 (L)

Top scorers

ROTHERHAM UNITED - Kieffer Moore* (13 goals), David Ball (6 goals)
BRADFORD CITY - Charlie Wyke (12 goals)

* Moore now with Barnsley

Watch City boss Stuart McCall's pre-match interview with iFollow Bantams.

Away Fans' Guide
Check out all you need to know about match-day at the AESSEAL New York Stadium (including ticket details) - HERE

Match Officials
Experienced official Darren Drysdale will take charge of Tuesday's match. The Rotherham game will be Mr Drysdale's 30th of the campaign so far. The referee, who has officiated at EFL level since 2004, was in the middle for City's Carabao Cup tie with Doncaster Rovers last August. His most match came at the weekend in AFC Wimbledon's home win over Blackpool. The two assistant referees on Tuesday will be Helen Byrne and Alix Pashley. The scheduled fourth official at the New York Stadium will be Paul Graham.

Kit Colours
City will be wearing their navy and claret 'away' strip at Rotherham.

Back the Bantams
City supporters can back the Bantams for success away to Rotherham United with Sky Bet!

Stuart McCall's side are currently priced at 5/2 to defeat Rotherham at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The Bantams are also priced at 11/1 to beat Rotherham by a 2-1 scoreline.

Charlie Wyke is available at 9/2 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.

Please note, odds are subject to change.

For those unable to get to the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Tuesday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Rotherham United 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 match-day action.     

Full audio match commentary of the Rotherham 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.

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, 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 Tuesday's match.

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

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