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Match Previews


4 December 2020

The Bantams return to Sky Bet League Two action this weekend - with the visit of Carlisle United to the Utilita Energy Stadium.

The Cumbrians are currently sat fifth in the league table, winning eight of their opening 15 games - with two draws and five defeats.

We have compiled a Big Match Preview full of everything you need to know ahead of the encounter. 


Supporters will be able to catch every minute of the game LIVE as part of their 'City For All' 2020/21 season ticket. 

Non season-ticket holders can also stream the action by purchasing an iFollow video match pass. 

The pass - available for £10 - will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with build-up beginning from 2.00pm.

For a step-by-step guide on how to purchase an iFollow video match pass for the fixture, please CLICK HERE

To purchase an iFollow video match pass, please CLICK HERE


Stuart McCall is likely to have a similar squad to choose from as the midweek game against Cheltenham Town - tomorrow afternoon.

Bryce Hosannah is fully fit having being withdrawn early on Tuesday, while Lee Novak will undergo a late fitness test - but is expected to miss out.

The Cumbrians could field up to five former Bantams, with Callum Guy, Danny Devine, Dean Furman, Joe Riley and Omari Patrick all currently within the away side's ranks.

City academy graduate Devine will be pushing for another starting berth, having won man of the match in Carlisle's midweek victory over Salford City. 


McCall: “They are in the top six and deservedly so.

“They have got a lot of energy and vibrancy and they were very good against Salford City - there is no doubt about that.

“It is just about ourselves on Saturday - we will put the best and most competitive team out that we can.

“We have to go out there and play in a positive manner - as we always try to do.”


The Bantams were held to a point in a hard-fought goalless Boxing Day draw at Brunton Park.

Thursday December 26 2019

Sky Bet League Two

CITY: Richard O’Donnell (c); Kelvin Mellor, Paudie O’Connor, Ben Richards-Everton, Anthony O’Connor; Chris Taylor (Jordan Gibson 76’), Matt Palmer, Dylan Connolly (Shay McCartan 69’), Connor Wood; Aramide Oteh (James Vaughan 79’), Callum Cooke (booked 90+3). Subs (not used): George Sykes-Kenworthy (GK); Jermaine Anderson, Adam Henley, Daniel Devine. 

CARLISLE: Adam Collin (c); Canice Carroll (booked 55’, Ryan Loft 77’), Aaron Hayden, Nathan Thomas (Olufela Olomola 88’), Mike Jones; Hallam Hope, Stefan Scougall, Gethin Jones, Byron Webster (booked 65’); Jarrad Brantwaite, Mohammed Sagaf (Harry McKirdy 61’). Subs (not used): Louis Gray (GK); Jack Iredale, Jon Mellish, Jack Bridge. 


Geoff Eltringham has taken charge of eight fixtures so far this season, showing 25 yellow cards and handing out two red cards.

Eltringham was the man in the middle for City’s 5-0 defeat to Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup at the Utilita Energy Stadium earlier on in the season - showing two yellow cards.

The Durham-based referee will be assisted by Mark Dwyer and Jonathan Hunt, with Wade Smith appointed as fourth official.


Supporters can back the Bantams for victory tomorrow afternoon with Sky Bet.

City to win and both teams to score is available at 11/2, with Clayton Donaldson to open the scoring available at 5/1.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change. Please gamble responsibly.


The Bantams will wear their claret and amber home strip tomorrow afternoon, with the Cumbrians in their traditional blue colours.  

City: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

Carlisle: Blue and Navy / White / Blue

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