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13 December 2019

Club News


13 December 2019

City return to Sky Bet League Two action with a 3.00pm visit to Leyto Orient, this Saturday (3.00pm). 

The Bantams will be looking to record back-to-back victories, after last week's win at home to Newport County. 

Ross Embleton's side have endured a difficult opening half to the campaign and are currently sat 19th in the Sky Bet League Two table. 

We have compiled a Big Match Preview packed full of everything you need to know ahead of the 3.00pm clash…


City: Gary Bowyer again has a "selection headach" ahead of tomorrow's encounter. 

Harry Pritchard, Ben Richards-Everton and Hope Akpan are again in contention, after missing last week's victory over Newport County. 

There could again be places in the team for Matt Palmer and Shay McCartan, who made the bench in last week's match. 

Leyton Orient: O's interim manager Ross Embleton is expected to still be without the sevices of club captain Jobi McAnuff and Brendon Shabani. 

Craig Clay, however, is expected to shake an illness that prevented him being selected in the squad for last Saturday’s trip to Oldham.


Gary Bowyer: "We have done our research on Leyton Orient and know what to expect.

"They have had a terrible time in terms of management but have dealt with their circumstances admirably. 

"I would imagine they will be looking forward to hopefully gaining a bit more stability and get settled." 

Ross Embleton: "Bradford City is a magnificent football club and a great club in this league.

"They have got some very good players, so we know it is going to be a really tough challenge.

"Sometimes, games like this can really help you."


The Bantams' last meeting with Leyton Orient came in February 2015, in Sky Bet League One. 

A James Hanson double sealed a 2-0 victory in East London for Phil Parkinson's men. 

Leyton Orient 0

Bradford City 2 (James Hanson 21', 32')

Sky Bet League One

Wednesday February 18th 2015

Attendance: 4,760

City: Jordan Pickford; Stephen Darby (c), Rory McArdle, Andrew Davies (François Zoko 45', booked 68'), James Meredith; Filipe Morais, Gary Liddle, Andrew Halliday, Mark Yeates; Billy Clarke (Alan Sheehan 87'), James Hanson (Gary MacKenzie 45'). Subs (not used): Ben Williams (GK), Christopher Routis, Jason Kennedy, Billy Knott. 
Leyton Orient: Alex Cisak; Elliot Omozusi, Nathan Clarke (c), Shane Lowry, Gary Sawer; Bradley Pritchard (Jobi McAnuff 72'), Romain Vincelot, Marvin Bartley (Josh Wright 64'), Dean Cox (Ryan Hedges 59'); Chris Dagnall, Dave Mooney. Subs (not used): Charlie Grainger (GK), Mathieu Baudry, Shaun Batt, Kevin Lisbie. 
Christopher Pollard has taken charge of 14 matches so far, this season, issuing 40 yellow cards and two reds. 
The official oversaw the Bantams' victory at Stevenage, in August, before being in the middle of Orient's Trophy victory over Southend United. 
Yates will be flanked by Gareth Viccars and Christopher Wade, with Garry Maskell in as fourth official. 

Supporters unable to make it to the Breyer Group 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 their team for victory tomorrow with Sky Bet.

Gary Bowyer's men are currently placed as 5/4 favourites for victory at Orient. 

City captain James Vaughan is favourite to break the deadlock, priced at 4/1. 

City fans can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change.


City will wear their white change strip for the second time this season in East London, with the hosts in their traditional red home kit. 

City: White with Claret and Amber / White with Claret Detail / White with Claret Detail

Leyton Orient: Red / Red / Red

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