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Match Previews


23 April 2021

Match Previews


23 April 2021

The Bantams will look to get back to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two - when travelling to Port Vale on Saturday afternoon (3.00pm).

Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars’ side are sitting in 13th place - having won 16, drawn 10 and lost 16 matches so far this season. Saturday’s hosts are one position lower on 57 points. 

We have compiled together all of the information and insight ahead of the trip to Vale Park in this Big Match Preview.


Supporters will be able to catch every minute of the game LIVE 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. 

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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: Callum Cooke, who featured off the bench on Tuesday evening, will be pushing for his first start in City colours since the draw with Bolton Wanderers in March.

Lee Novak could also be back in contention, having been sidelined with a knee injury since December. 

Billy Clarke will be unavailble for the trip to Vale Park - after Mark Trueman confirmed he was withdrawn at half-time against Tranmere Rovers with a calf strain.

Port Vale: Former Bantam Kurtis Guthrie is likely to play a part against his former side, having started in Vale's victory against Barrow last time out.

Tom Conlon bagged a brace at Holker Street and is likely to feature on Saturday afternoon.

The Valiants’ captain Leon Legge has started the last 14 matches and should start once again for Darrell Clarke’s side.


Mark Trueman: "Port Vale are another team which has probably hit form at a good time.

"They are a good team and are scoring goals and keeping them out at the other end.

"They look to get crosses into the box and get as many bodies forward as possible when attacking, so we will have to be wary of their threats." 

Darrell Clarke: "We will be judged on this game at Bradford because you are only as good as your last match.

"Bradford are a big club with high expectations and ambitions. They want to be higher up in the leagues and, like everybody else, have to earn their right."


The Bantams were held to a goalless draw against Port Vale at the Utilita Energy Stadium - in the final match of 2020.

Bradford City 0 

Port Vale 0 

Sky Bet League Two 

Tuesday 29 December 2020

CITY: Sam Hornby; Finn Cousin-Dawson, Paudie O’Connor, Anthony O’Connor, Connor Wood; Levi Sutton, Elliot Watt, Harry Pritchard (Gareth Evans 70’), Callum Cooke, Billy Clarke; Lee Novak. Subs (not used): Jackson Longridge, Clayton Donaldson, Austin Samuels, Tyler French, Jorge Sikora, Kian Scales.

PORT VALE: Scott Brown, Shaun Brisley, Leon Legge, Nathan Smith, David Fitzpatrick; Scott Burgess, Luke Joyce, Danny Whitehead; David Amoo, Devante Rodney, Alex Hurst (Tom Pope, 74’). Subs (not used): Dino Visser (GK), Adam Crookes, Zak Mills, Luke Chambers, Michael Lennon, Eden Bailey.  

REFEREE: Peter Wright (Merseyside).


Benjamin Speedie has overseen 27 matches so far this season - handing out 76 yellow cards, four reds and four penalties in the process.

He took charge of City’s 3-2 defeat at Exeter City as well as the defeat at Barrow earlier on in the season.

Speedie will be assisted by Steven Plane and James Vallance, with Will Finnie coming in as fourth official for Saturday’s fixture.


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

City are on at 9/4 for victory against the Valiants, with two price boosts 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 will return to action in their navy and claret away colours, as the hosts don their white and black home strip.

Port Vale: White and Black / Black / Black and White

City: Navy and Claret / Navy / Navy

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