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Match Previews


9 April 2021

Match Previews


9 April 2021

The Bantams return to action at the Utilita Energy Stadium - hosting Grimsby Town in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday afternoon (3.00pm).

Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars’ side are unbeaten in their last three matches and remain five points off the play-offs in 11th.

The Mariners are winless against City over their last 15 matches - a run dating back to October 1998. 

We have put together all of the key information and insight ahead of this weekend’s fixture in this Big Match Preview.


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: Levi Sutton will once again be unavailable for the Bantams after Conor Sellars confirmed the Bantams are hoping to see him back in contention - folloiwng a calf tear - early next week. 

Charles Vernam and Billy Clarke both featured off the bench in Hertfordshire and will be pushing for starts against their former club.

Callum Cooke, Lee Novak and Reece Staunton are still sidelined, though Gareth Evans could make his 100th league appearance in claret and amber. 

Grimsby: Former Bantam James Hanson is looking likely to feature for the Mariners, after starting against Cheltenham Town last time out. 

James McKeown has started the last seven matches and should play a part at the Utilita Energy Stadium. 

Ex-City defender Luke Hendrie is also likely to start, though Filipe Morais is injured. 


Conor Sellars: “Grimsby are picking up points they need, and their unbeaten run is showing everyone in the league they will not just roll over. 

“They are hard to beat and we can expect a tough game, which we have said to the players. 

“We have seen when going up against teams this season who are in dangerous league positions that they will not give us an easy game, and we cannot afford to get complacent. 

“They are fighting as hard as they can to try and get points, and so we have to be wary of what they will bring.”


Lee Novak’s spectacular overhead kick helped City secure back-to-back victories in Sky Bet League Two - days before Christmas.

Grimsby Town 1 (Harry Clifton 49')

Bradford City 2 (Lee Novak 21', Levi Sutton 45')

Tuesday 22 December 2020

GRIMSBY: James McKeown; Luke Hendrie, Elliott Hewitt, Luke Waterfall, Danny Preston (Danny Rose 84’), Filipe Morais (Joseph Starbuck, 84’), Harry Clifton, Luke Spokes, Kyle Bennett (James Tilley 63’); Montel Gibson, Ira Jackson Jr (Matt Green 46’). Subs not used): Matt Green, Owura Edwards, Sam Russell, Duncan Idehen.

CITY: Richard O’Donnell ©; Finn Cousin-Dawson, Paudie O’Connor, Anthony O’Connor, Connor Wood; Levi Sutton, Elliot Watt; Harry Pritchard (Gareth Evans 69’), Callum Cooke (Tyler French 90+2), Billy Clarke (Kurtis Guthrie 69’) Lee Novak (Clayton Donaldson 82’). Subs (not used): Sam Hornby, Jackson Longridge, Austin Samuels.


James Bell has overseen 27 matches this season, including 11 in both Sky Bet League One and Sky Bet League Two.

He took charge of City’s 2-2 draw with Exeter City in November and also officiated Grimsby's Papa John’s Trophy fixture with Harrogate Town towards the beginning of the season.

Bell will be assisted by Steven Rushton and John Flynn, with Graeme Fyvie coming in as fourth official for Saturday’s encounter. 


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

City are even favourites to win against Paul Hurst’s side, with two price boots available ahead of the clash. 

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


The Bantams return to donning their traditional claret and amber strip, with the visitors in their all-blue change kit.

City: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

Grimsby: Blue / Blue / Blue

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