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3 September 2019

The Bantams are back on the road this evening, heading to the University of Bolton Stadium as City's Trophy campaign gets underway. 

Gary Bowyer’s side faces a short break from league proceedings, with the cup offering a chance for his side to return to winning ways.

Likewise, after a strong week of positivity all around, Bolton will be confident going into tonight's clash.

Jimmy Phillips has been asked to oversee the tie, although the new management team of Keith Hill and David Flitcroft will have an input.

Ahead of tonight’s tie, we have compiled a Big Match Preview - packed full of everything you need to know...


City: Gary Bowyer is expected to ring the changes from the side defeated at Crewe Alexandra.

Competition rules state four players must retain their places from the last fixture, meaning there are opportunities for other members of his new-look squad to feature.

Harry Pritchard could make his first start for the Bantams, after featuring from the bench against the Railwaymen. Zeli Ismail is also in contention for an appearance this evening.

Bolton: It has been a busy 24 hours for the Lancashire outfit, after Football Ventures completed their takeover of the club just days before the transfer deadline.

Bolton were very active yesterday, bringing in nine new faces, so some may be in line for the match this evening – if registered before yesterday’s 12.00pm cut-off point.


Gary Bowyer: "You have to choose a team that fits with the rules and regulations, including a number of those who featured against Crewe.

“Team selection will very much be focused around those rules, which we will analyse and go from there."

Keith Hill: “I will be there tonight, encouraging the young players. I want them to show the characteristics they have shown in the last few weeks and that they can be brave and creative in a football sense.

“If they start doing that tonight I’ll be happy.”


The Bantams last played Bolton in February 2017, in a thrilling 2-2 Sky Bet League One contest.

As both teams pushed for a promotion challenge, Charlie Wyke’s opening two goals set the Bantams up well going into the break.

But David Wheater and Gary Madine rescued a point for Phil Parkinson's men, in his first game back at Valley Parade.


Martin Coy will take charge of the tie, having last officiated the Bantams away at Charlton Athletic last season.

Gareth Mellor and Daniel Woodward will run the lines, with Chris Isherwood as fourth official.


Supporters unable to make it to the University of Bolton Stadium this evening 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 on 774 MW.

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 tonight with Sky Bet.

Gary Bowyer's men are currently priced as very strong favourites at 15/2 for the win against Bolton.

City fans can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change.


City will wear claret and amber this evening, with both teams in their home strips.

Bolton: White / Navy / White

City: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

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