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2 November 2020

Match Previews


2 November 2020

The Bantams return to Sky Bet League Two action tomorrow evening (7.00pm) - with the visit of Essex side Southend United at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

The Shrimpers currently sit bottom of the league, picking up just two points and failing to record a victory in their opening 10 Sky Bet League Two games.

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 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


City: Stuart McCall will be without midfielder Levi Sutton, who serves the first of his three-match suspension following a dismissal at Barrow over the weekend. 

Zeli Ismail is still expected to miss out with a hamstring injury, though Lee Novak could pass a late fitness test. 

Gareth Evans is also in the running to return to the side having been ruled out for the past three weeks with a hamstring injury of his own. 

Southend: Ex-Bantam Timothee Dieng is in line to once again start against his former side, having signed for the Shrimpers in 2018. 

Dieng is expected to start in midfield alongside Kyle Taylor in midfield, with Tottenham Hotspur loanee Kazaiah Sterling set to line up in attack. 


McCall: “We have got to make sure we stop the rut on Tuesday night and need to put in a performance where we are creative, energetic and clinical.

“We look forward to the game, it is a quick turnaround and a chance to put things right.

“We need a performance with confidence and belief. Even though we have lost three on the bounce, I believe we can put in a good performance and get this season up and running.”

Molesley: “Everyone is feeling pressure at the moment - not just in football but in the world as a whole.

“Football is a pressure environment, and we have to deal with it, stand up and be counted.

“We need to get over this quickly and need to go to Bradford and show that fighting spirit.”


The Bantams suffered a 4-0 defeat to Southend United at the Utilita Energy Stadium - in the 2018/19 Sky Bet League One campaign.

Bradford City 0

Southend United 4 (Simon Cox 2’, Sam Mantom 26’, Stephen Humphrys 54’, 73’)

Saturday 19th January 2019

Attendance: 15,517

Referee: Michael Salisbury

CITY: O’Donnell, McGowan, A. O’Connor (c) (Wood 66’), Doyle (Anderson 86’), Payne, Miller (Colville 76’), Akpan, Knight-Percival, Caddis, O’Brien, Ball. Subs (Not Used): Wilson (GK), P. O’Connor, Devine, Ellington.

SOUTHEND: Bishop, Bwomono, Hyam, Turner, Dieng, Cox (Kelman 86’), Mantom (c) (Yearwood 81’), Moore, Humphrys (Robinson 76’), Hart, White. Subs (Not Used): Smith, Kightly, McLaughlin, Hendrie. 


Marc Edwards has taken charge of seven games so far this season, issuing 28 yellow cards and awarding two penalties.

Tomorrow will be the first time he has ever officiated a game involving either Bradford City or Southend United. 

The Tyne and Wear-based referee will be assisted by Stephen Wade and Alistair Nelson, with Sebastian Stockbridge appointed fourth official.


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

City to win and both teams to score is available at 11/4.

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 evening, with the visitors in their traditional navy blue colours. 

City: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

Southend: Navy / Navy / White

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