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11 August 2021

Match Previews


11 August 2021

The Bantams will travel to The City Ground to take on Sky Bet Championship side Nottingham Forest in the first round of the Carabao Cup this evening. 

City will be aiming to defeat higher-league opposition in this competition for the first time since overcoming Leeds United in August 2014. 

Should the game end in a draw, it will head straight to a penalty shoot-out, with extra-time not required. 

We have created a Big Match Preview to provide you with all the key information heading into the cup tie. 


City: Oscar Threlkeld is set to miss out due to a calf injury which he picked up in City’s goalless draw away to Exeter at the weekend. 

Yann Songo’o will once again not feature as he continues to recover from a knee injury, while Caolan Lavery works his way up to full fitness. 

Both Fiacre Kelleher and Abo Eisa could potentially make their competitive debuts for the Bantams. 

Forest: Club captain Lewis Grabban, Joe Worrall, Loic Mbe Soh and Nuno Da Costa will all be missing for the hosts due to injuries. 

Summer signing Ethan Horvath is likely to make his debut between the sticks for the East Midlands side. 


Derek Adams: “They may be two divisions above us, but we definitely feel as though we can compete with them. 

“As much as it will be a difficult game, it is also a great opportunity for our players to express themselves. 

“Forest are a very good team with a proud history, but we are going to give it everything we have to offer in order to try and get the job done. 

“At the end of the day, our aim is to win the match and advance to the next round of this competition.”

Chris Hughton: “Our aim is to do well in this competition and go as far as we possibly can. 

“It is exciting to be welcoming Bradford City. They are a big club who have played at the top level in the past. 

“They are a good team with a great manager and we are expecting a tough game. 

“We are also really looking forward to playing in front of our home supporters and, hopefully, we can give them something to shout about.”


For the Bantams supporters who are not able to make it to The City Ground, you can follow the action with regular updates on the club’s official Twitter page. 

You will also be able to catch updates on other social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram. 

Full audio match commentary is available to iFollow Bantams subscribers, while BBC Radio Leeds’ Jamie Raynor and Andy Kiwomya will provide live commentary through DAB radio and the BBC Sounds app.

IFollow subscribers can also catch all the reaction - with post-match interviews and content. iFollow video match passes are not available for Carabao Cup ties, though an audio match pass can be secured for £2.50


Peter Wright took charge of 32 matches in all competitions throughout the 2020/21 campaign, handing out 92 yellow cards and three reds. 

He last refereed the Bantams in their goalless draw at home to Port Vale on December 29. Wright has never officiated a game Nottingham Forest have participated in. 

Wayne Grunnill and Billy Smallwood are set to be the linesmen - and Tom Reeves will be the fourth official. 


The Bantams defeated Forest in extra-time on home soil in the same stage of this competition 11 years ago. 

A 100th-minute winner from James Hanson was enough for City to cause an upset at Valley Parade. 

City 2 (Dave Syers 57’, James Hanson 100’). 

Nottingham Forest 1 (Matt Thornhill 35’). 

CITY: Jon McLaughlan; Luke O’Brien, Zesh Rehman, Steve Williams (booked’), Shane Duff; Omar Daley (James Handon 46’), Tommy Doherty, Scott Neilson (Simon Ramsden 46’), Lee Bullock (Dave Syers 46’); Jake Speight, Louis Moult. SUBS (not used): Lloyd Saxton (GK), Luke Oliver, Louis Horne, Robbie Threlfall. 

FOREST: Lee Camp; Joel Lynch (Paul McKenna 101’), Wes Morgan, Luke Chambers, Chris Cohen; Paul Anderson (Dele Adebola 72’), Lewis McGugan (Dexter Blackstock 72’), Guy Moussi, Matt Thornhill; Gareth McClearly (booked 48’) Nathan Tyson. SUBS (not used): Karl Darlow (GK), Kieron Freeman, Robbie Gibbons, Nialle Rodney. 


City supporters are able to back their team for victory with Sky Bet. 

The Bantams are currently 9/2 underdogs to win the tie and advance to the next round. 

You can back Lee Angol to score the first goal of the game at 10/1. 

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


The Bantams will play their first competitive game in their new all-white home strip, while Forest will don their all-red colours. 

Due to being the home side, Forest will play in their traditional red kit. 

City: White / Claret / White

Forest: Red / White / Red

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