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4 September 2020

Match Previews


4 September 2020

The Bantams raise the curtain on their 2020/21 campaign tomorrow with a Carabao Cup trip to Bolton Wanderers.

Stuart McCall's side will be looking to get off to the perfect start in round one of the competition, with the action set to get underway from 3.00pm - behind closed doors. 

Wanderers will also be looking to progress in the competition having suffered relegation from Sky Bet League One last season. 

We have compiled a Big Match Preview full of in-depth pre-match analysis - ahead of the encounter. 

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 2.00pm. 
For a step-by-step guide on how to purchase an iFollow video match pass for the fixture, please CLICK HERE
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City: Stuart McCall has a fully-fit squad to choose from ahead of the encounter, with both Connor Wood and Dylan Mottley-Henry recovering from knocks. 

The only player guaranteed to miss out is new signing Levi Sutton, who serves the first of his four-game ban which carries over from his time at Scunthorpe United last season. 

Elliot Watt could make his debut in claret and amber alongside academy products Connor Shanks, Finn Cousin-Dawson and Kian Scales. 

Bolton: Ian Evatt will be hoping to be able to call upon the majority of his squad ahead of the visit of City. 

Dennis Politic, who netted against the Bantams last season, is the home side's only long-term absentee, but Liam Edwards and Muhammadu Faal are also likely to miss out.

Former City striker Eoin Doyle could line up against his former side, having signed for the University of Bolton Stadium outfit during the summer. 


Stuart McCall: "Ian has done a great job at Barrow and fully deserved his move to Bolton.

"I know he is looking to build his squad there and we are in for a good, competitive game.

"They have a lot of players who have quality at this level but so have we, and we are - as always - focussed on what we can do to progress to the next round."

Ian Evatt: "Bradford are a big club in their own right and will fancy their chances in League Two this season.

"The game will be a good benchmark for us to see where we are currently at. 

"It will be a good test for us and a good test for them as well, so we are looking forward to it."


The two sides met just over a year ago in the EFL Trophy, with City prevailing on penalties. 

Paudie O'Connor's equaliser cancelled out a Bolton opener before the Bantams claimed the extra point in Northern Group F from the spot. 

Bolton Wanderers 1 (Dennis Politic 8')

Bradford City 1 (Paudie O'Connor 51')

EFL Trophy - Northern Group F

Tuesday September 3rd 2019

Attendance: 9,062 (231 visitors)

Referee: Martin Coy

Bolton: Matthew Alexander; Harry Brockbank (c), Yoan Zouma, Adam Senior, Jordan Boon; Dennis Politic (Joe White 82'), Ronan Darcy, Sonny Graham, James Weir, Callum King-Harmes (Jay Fitzmartin 76'); Eddie Brown (De' Marlio Brown-Sterling 65'). Subs (not used): Luke Hutchinson (GK), Myles Edmondson, Kwame Osigwe, Nathan Whalley. 

Cautions: Politic (40'), Brockbank (43'), Brown (60'), Fitzmartin (86').

Penalties: Weir (Scored), Brockbank (Scored), Darcy (Scored), Graham (Missed), Senior (Saved).

City: Sam Hornby; Tyler French, Paudie O'Connor, Ben Richards-Everton; Jordan Gibson, Harry Pritchard (Connor Wood 66'), Daniel Devine, Jermaine Anderson, Jackson Longridge; Jamie Devitt (Omari Patrick 17'), Clayton Donaldson (Zeli Ismail 63') (c). Subs (not used): Richard O'Donnell (GK), Anthony O'Connor, Matthew Palmer, Hope Akpan.

Cautions: P. O'Connor (26'), Ismail (81')

Penalties: Ismail (Scored), Gibson (Scored), Richards-Everton (Scored), Wood (Scored), P. O'Connor (Saved). 

Referee: Martin Coy

Martin Coy took charge of 27 games last season, dishing out 78 yellow cards and four reds. 
The official was in the middle of this exact same fixture last season - in the EFL Trophy - which the Bantams won on penalties. 
Coy will be assisted by Matthew Parry and Thomas Harty, with Paul Stonier selected as fourth official. 


City supporters can back their team for victory tomorrow with Sky Bet.

The hosts are currently placed as even favourites to progress to the next round. 

City fans can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change.


The Bantams will debut their all-new 2020/21 home strip in competitive action tomorrow, with the Wanderers in their traditional white and navy colours. 

City: Claret and Amber / Black with Claret and Amber Detail / Black with Claret and Amber Detail

Bolton: White / Navy / White

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