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14 March 2018

Match Previews


14 March 2018

The Bantams return to the Northern Commercials Stadium this Wednesday (14 March 2018) for their rearranged Sky Bet League One fixture with Wigan Athletic.

The fixture was originally scheduled to take place last month but it had to be postponed due to Wigan's Emirates FA Cup fifth round tie with Manchester City.

Following Wigan's shock success over Pep Guardiola's side in that particular match, the Latics now have a mouth-watering quarter-final encounter with Southampton at the weekend to look forward to.

After Saturday's postponed match with Milton Keynes Dons, Wednesday's Wigan contest will act as Simon Grayson's first official home match in charge of the Bantams.

Wednesday's Wigan match is one of three games City have to catch up on from the original fixture schedule.

Grayson's men are currently six points outside the play-off places with two matches in hand on sixth-placed Peterborough United.

Like the Bantams, Wigan also have games in hand on the teams around them.

The third-placed Latics are three points behind the automatic promotion spots having played two games less than Shrewsbury Town in second spot.

Wigan drew 3-3 with Scunthorpe United at the DW Stadium on Saturday thanks to Gary Roberts' 87th-minute equaliser.

This Wednesday's game will be City's first in eighteen days - their previous league fixture coming at Plymouth Argyle last month.

Team News

Bradford City
The Bantams will have to do without the suspended Charlie Wyke as the striker begins his three-match ban this Wednesday.

Jake Reeves (groin) and Ryan McGowan (knee) both remain sidelined, although Alex Jones and Omari Patrick could be back in contention for visit of Wigan.

The pair are pushing for a place in the match-day squad after both making a return from injury in a Development Squad fixture last week.

Wigan Athletic
Latics boss Paul Cook could look to freshen his side on Wednesday night ahead of their massive FA Cup quarter-final with Southampton at the weekend.

Gavin Massey, James Vaughan, Gary Roberts and Alex Bruce, all of whom started last Saturday's home draw with Scunthorpe from the bench, could be handed starting berths at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

Earlier this season

Saturday 18 November 2017
Sky Bet League One
Wigan Athletic 1 (Dunkley 24)
Bradford City 2 (Wyke 14, Robinson 90+2)

Jones, Byrne, Burn, Dunkley, Elder, Jacobs (Grigg 90+5), Morsy, Power, Powell (Roberts 29), Massey (Perkins 54), Toney

Subs not used: Sarkic, Evans, Bruce, Colclough

Doyle, McMahon, Knight-Percival, Kilgallon, Hendrie, Gilliead, Vincelot, Reeves, Law, Taylor (Robinson 85), Wyke

Subs not used: Sattelmaier, Thompson, Poleon, McCartan, Jones, Pybus

Previously at the Northern Commercials Stadium

Saturday 24 October 2015
Sky Bet League One
Bradford City 1 (Hanson 63)
Wigan Athletic 1 (Jacobs 52)

Williams, Darby, McArdle, Burke, Meredith, McMahon, Knott, Evans (Liddle 87), Reid (Marshall 76), Cole (James 90+4), Hanson

Subs not used: Jones, N Clarke, Leigh, Mottley-Henry

Jaaskelainen, McCann, Morgan, Barnett, Daniels (Love 51), Power, Jacobs, Perkins, James, Wildschut (Davies 68), Grigg (Holt 61)

Subs not used: O'Donnell, Cowie, Chow, Pearce

Supporters can find out match ticket details for this game by clicking HERE.

The Parader

The latest edition of City's official match-day magazine will be on sale in and around the Northern Commercials Stadium on Wednesday for only £3.00. The Wigan Athletic programme features an interview with former Latic Stephen Warnock, with the defender also answering a section of fans' questions from social media. On top of that, this Wednesday's edition also includes Callum Guy talking team-mates and Timothee Dieng picking his 'Dream Team'.

Manager's pre-match thoughts
Watch sections of Simon Grayson's pre-match interview below:

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

Match Officials
Martin Coy is scheduled to be this Wednesday's match referee. Mr Coy has officiated twenty-six games so far this season, mainly in Sky Bet League One and League Two. The referee is in his first season at EFL level after being promoted up from the National League last summer. The two assistant referees on Wednesday will be Matthew Parry and Wayne Grunnill. The fourth official is set to be Mark Heywood.

Win The Shirt Off My Back
City's match-day prize raffle to return this Wednesday - your chance to win the Man of the Match's actual match-worn shirt! Please click HERE more details.

Back the Bantams
City supporters can back the Bantams for success at home to Wigan Athletic with Sky Bet!

City are currently priced at 10/3 to defeat Wigan at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

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

Alex Gilliead is available at 12/1 to opening the scoring, while Kai Breunker can be backed at 9/4 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 Northern Commercials Stadium on Wednesday, City supporters can follow live updates from the Wigan Athletic 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 Wigan 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 Simon Grayson and the 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 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 Wednesday's match.

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

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