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16 August 2019

Club News


16 August 2019

The Bantams are preparing for their return to league action, hosting Oldham Athletic tomorrow (Saturday).

After a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Sky Bet Championship side Preston North End, City will look to bounce back in this 3.00pm contest.

The Latics have made a slow start to the 2019/20, currently sitting two places from bottom spot after suffering back-to-back losses in their opening games.

The Boundary Park outfit will be hoping to build on a 14th-place finish in the fourth tier last season.

And, with both sides in hunt of their first win of the term, we have compiled a Big Match Preview packed full of everything you need to know...


City: Gary Bowyer is likely to make changes to his side which drew at Grimsby Town last week, following some promising performances in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup fixture.

Paudie O’Connor, captain on his return against Preston, could be pushing for a start while Shay McCartan has trained all week and is in contention.

If involved, Tyler French and Sam Hornby will wear heritage numbers 1282 and 1283 respectively on their shirts, following their midweek debuts.

Oldham: Laurent Banide could be tempted to name the same side which lost at home to Crewe Alexandra last weekend.

The Oldham boss is without the services of new signings Tomas Egert and Marvin Kokos - still yet to feature for the club - who are sidelined with injuries.

Former Bantams under-18s forward Kielen Adams is now plying his trade across the Pennines, and could be in line to appear against his former club.


Gary Bowyer: “This will be a game unlike either of our first two matches.

“Oldham have a completely different model to anyone else in Sky Bet League Two, with the amount of players they recruit from abroad.

“There are a lot of good technicians in their side and, having watched their opening two games, they have a lot of pace and power, too.

“We are prepared to face an interesting challenge and are looking forward to it.”

Laurent Banide: “Everybody is feeling good. We want to work well as a team and the players must push more.

“We continue to work together because we need to prepare for our game against Bradford.

“It is important to continue and have a good attitude on the game. To show something like that is important.”


City’s last meeting with Oldham came in last season’s Trophy.

The Latics - managed by Frankie Bunn - condemned the Bantams to a 4-1 defeat at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

Bradford City 1

Oldham Athletic 4

Competition: Checkatrade Trophy

Date: Tuesday October 9, 2018

Attendance: 1,015

City: Richard O’Donnell; Thomas Isherwood, Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Reece Staunton; Sherwin Seedorf (Joe Riley 77’), Eliot Goldthorp (booked 40’), Josh Wright (c) (Raeece Ellington 86’), Jordan Gibson (booked 64’); Jack Payne; David Ball (Alex Jones 82’), Kai Brünker. Subs (not used): George Sykes-Kenworthy, Jake Maltby, Jeremie Milambo, Matthew Birchall.

GOALS: Brünker (49’).

Oldham: Zeus de la Paz; Dan Gardner (Christopher Missilou 71’), Peter Clarke (c), Jordan Lyden (booked 12’) (Jose Baxter 45’), Andy Taylor (Robert Hunt 30’); Callum Lang, Mohamed Mapuche (booked 76’), Sam Edmundson, Thomas Hamer; Chris O’Grady; Sam Sunridge. Subs (not used): Jonathan Benteke, Sam Graham, Johan Branger, Ewan McFarlane.

GOALS: Lang (10’), Maouche (26’), Surridge (57’, 77’).


Geoff Eltringham took charge of one City match last season, a 1-0 home defeat to Portsmouth in which he dished out three yellow cards and one red.

The Durham referee will be assisted by Matthew McGrath and Paul Hodskinson, with Akil Howson tomorrow’s fourth official.


Supporters unable to make it to the Utilita Energy Stadium tomorrow can follow match action via the club’s official Twitter page.

The live feed will provide minute-by-minute coverage of the clash in addition to updates on other social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram.

Full audio match commentary is available to iFollow Bantams subscribers, while BBC Radio Leeds’ Tim Steere and Andy Kiwomya will provide live radio commentary at 774 kHz on FM and DAB.

IFollow subscribers can also catch all the reaction with post-match interviews and content, while supporters based outside the UK with a package can even tune into a live video stream!


City supporters can back the Bantams for victory tomorrow with Sky Bet.

Gary Bowyer's men are currently placed as 3/4 favourites for victory against the Latics. 

James Vaughan and Clayton Donaldson are both 9/2 favourites to open the scoring. 

City fans can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change.


City will be back in their home strip of claret and amber stripes for the visit of Oldham, who will also be wearing their home colours of blue and white.

City: Claret and Amber Stripes / Black with Amber Detail / Black with Amber Detail

Oldham: Blue / White / Blue

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