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Match Previews


21 December 2020

The Bantams are back on the road on Tuesday evening (7.00pm) - travelling to Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two for their final fixture before Christmas.

Ian Holloway’s side sit two points above City in 19th - having recorded five wins, four draws and nine losses in their first 18 matches this season.

We have put together this Big Match Preview to guide you through everything you need to know ahead of Tuesday evening’s encounter at Blundell Park.


Supporters will be able to catch every minute of the game LIVE by purchasing a video iFollow match pass. 

The pass - available for £10 - will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with build-up beginning from 6.00pm. 

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.

PLEASE NOTE: iFollow video match passes for away Sky Bet League Two fixtures are not included with a 'City For All' 2020/21 season ticket.


City: Billy Clarke made his 150th City appearance against Cambridge United on Saturday and is in contention to start against one of his former sides at Blundell Park. 

Gareth Evans and Kurtis Guthrie also returned from injury on Saturday and will look to be pushing for starting berths on Tuesday evening. 

Reece Staunton and Zeli Ismail both remain ruled out by long-term injuries, with Bryce Hosannah still expected to miss out.


Grimsby Town equalised in second-half stoppage time to deny Stuart McCall a winning return - in his third managerial spell with City.

Saturday February 8

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Adam Henley, Ben Richards-Everton, Anthony O’Connor, Connor Wood; Jake Reeves (booked 77’), Callum Cooke, Dylan Connolly (Dylan Mottley-Henry 75’), Harry Pritchard (Hope Akpan 85’); Clayton Donaldson © (Kurtis Guthrie 70’), Lee Novak. Subs (not used): Luke McGee (GK); Paudie O’Connor, Shay McCartan, Glenn Middleton.

GOALS: Lee Novak (80’).

GRIMSBY: James McKeown ©; Luke Hendrie, Luke Waterfall, Harry Clifton (Elliot Grandin 63’), Josh Benson; Elliott Whitehouse (Matt Green 84’), Charles Vernam, Mattie Pollock, Anthony Glennon; Billy Clarke (booked 70’) (James Tilley 74’), James Hanson. Subs (not used): Sam Russell (GK); Ludvig Öhman, Elliott Hewitt, Bradley Garmston. 

GOALS: Luke Hendrie (90+2’).

ATTENDANCE: 17,668 (2,545 visitors).

REFEREE: Steve Martin.


John Busby has taken charge of 15 games in all competitions this season - handing out 42 yellow cards and two penalties in the process.

The Oxfordshire-based referee has plied his trade predominantly in Sky Bet League One and Two, though is yet to take charge of a City or Grimsby fixture this season. 

Busby will be assisted by Graeme Fyvie and Gareth Mellor, with Daniel Middleton the fourth official at Blundell Park.


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

City to win and both teams to score is available at 5/1, with Lee Novak to open the scoring available at 4/1.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


City will wear their fusion grey third strip tomorrow evening, with the home side in their traditional black and white stripes. 

City: Fusion Grey / Fusion Grey / Fusion Grey

Grimsby: Black and White / Black / Black and White

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