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13 November 2020

Match Previews


13 November 2020

The Bantams return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday afternoon (3.00pm) as they host in-form Exeter City at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

The Grecians lost last season’s Sky Bet League Two Play-Off Final to Northampton Town though have enjoyed a strong start to the season - winning five, drawing five and losing one.

We have created a Big Match Preview to take you through everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s clash.


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


City: The Bantams will still be without Gareth Evans, Kurtis Guthrie and and top scorer Lee Novak for the encounter, who remained sidelined with injuries. 

Levi Sutton will also miss out as he serves the final game of his three match-suspension picked up against Barrow.

Stuart McCall will be boosted however by the return of Zeli Ismail, who is fit to feature having spent a spell on the side with injury. 

Exeter: There will be some familiar faces in the opposing dressing room this weekend as former Bantams Nicky Law and Rory McArdle are both expected to feature. 

The Grecians' top scorer, Joel Randall is also expected to start up front for the visitors. 


McCall: "Exeter are on very good form and have kept most of their group together from when they got to the play-off final last season.

"They are certainly a good footballing team and it promises to be an entertaining game. 

"Both teams have technically good players and can play in a few different systems, so it could be quite open and very competitive. 

"We are up against a good side and we know that. We will make sure it is tough for them."

Taylor: “When the fixtures come out at the start of the season, you look for the big fixtures, and Bradford away is certainly one you look forward to. It is a shame the fans will not be there.

“Bradford have turned a corner and have found a system to get their good players on the pitch and playing well.

"They have certainly got goals in their team and proved that with a 3-0 win against Southend last week.”


City moved up to second in Sky Bet League Two after a 2-0 win against Exeter at the Utilita Energy Stadium in November 2019.

A total of three red cards were issued during the game, as James Vaughan and Aramide Oteh secured three points for the hosts. 

Saturday 2nd November 2019

Attendance: 14,002

Referee: Michael Salisbury

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Adam Henley, Anthony O’Connor, Ben Richards-Everton, Connor Wood; Callum Cooke (booked 21’, dismissed 62'), Hope Akpan (Jermaine Anderson 87'), Harry Pritchard (Daniel Devine 73'); Zeli Ismail (Dylan Connolly 77', booked 90+4'), James Vaughan (c), Aramide Oteh. Subs (not used): George Sykes-Kenworthy (GK), Paudie O’Connor, Kelvin Mellor, Omari Patrick.

EXETER: Jonny Maxted; Pierce Sweeney, Aaron Martin, Tom Parkes (dismissed 82'), Randell Williams, Jake Taylor ((c) dismissed 60'), Archie Collins, Craig Woodman (Jayden Richardson 84'); Nicky Law; Lee Martin (Ben Seymour 70'), Ryan Bowman. Subs (not used): Dino Visser (GK), Nigel Atangana, Matt Jay, Alex Fisher, Dean Moxey.


James Bell has taken charge of six league games this season - handing out 15 yellows and 3 red cards.

The young referee has taken a step up to EFL football this season having plyed hius trade in the National League.

Bell took charge of the National League Play-Off Final last season - where Harrogate Town defeated Notts County 3-1 to gain promotion.

James Bell’s assistants for the encounter will be Richard Woodward and Abbas Khan, with Peter Wright 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 a 11/2 price boost, with Billy Clarke 5/1 favourite to open the scoring. 

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 visitors in their fluorescent yellow and violet away kit. 

City: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

Exeter: Yellow and Violet / Violet / Violet

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