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27 August 2021

The Bantams will be looking to secure their fourth-consecutive victory when facing Leyton Orient in Sky Bet League Two tomorrow afternoon at 3.00pm. 

The match at the Breyer Group Stadium will be the first time Derek Adams and Kenny Jackett have been in opposing dugouts since February 2019. 

We have created a Big Match Preview to provide you with all the information you need to know heading into the encounter. 


City: The Bantams will continue to be without Abo Eisa and Lee Angol due to injury. 

Levi Sutton and Oscar Threlkeld will also be out of the game, but are now close to making full recoveries. 

Orient: Connor Wood could be in the starting 11 against his former club for Orient. He came off the bench in the O's' midweek defeat to Harrogate Town. 

The hosts currently have no known injuries ahead of the contest. 


Derek Adams: “We have been working very hard in training and now feel ready for the game. 

“Having a full week to prepare for the first time this season has allowed us to do things a little differently. 

“This will certainly be a tough game but, no matter how we perform, the most important thing is that we gain another victory.”

Kenny Jackett: “We are all hoping to bounce back from what was a disappointing loss in midweek. 

“It will not be easy, Bradford have started the season well and are rightly considered as one of the favourites to win the league. 

“We will need to play with plenty of passion and be at our absolute best if we are to earn what would be a valuable three points.”


The Bantams saw off the O’s at the Utilita Energy Stadium thanks to Callum Cooke’s late penalty. 

CITY 1 (Callum Cooke 81’ pen). 


Tuesday 23 February 2021

CITY: Sam Hornby; Connor Wood, Niall Canavan, Paudie O’Connor ©, Anthony O’Connor; Elliot Watt, Levi Sutton, Gareth Evans (Oliver Crankshaw 63’), Callum Cooke (Clayton Donaldson 89’); Charles Vernam (Jordan Stevens 75’), Danny Rowe (Andy Cook 63’). Subs (not used): Richard O’Donnell, Finn Cousin-Dawson, Kian Scales. 

GOALS: Cooke (81’ pen).

ORIENT: Lawrence Vigouroux; Ousseynou Cisse (James Dayton 88’), Dan Happe, James Brophy, Adam Thompson; Dan Kemp (Tristan Abrahams 75’), Jobi McAnuff ©, Nick Freeman, Olatunji Akinola, Conor Wilkinson, Danny Johnson. Subs (not used): Sam Sargeant, Joe Widdowson, Josh Coulson, Jamie Turley, Matt Young.

REFEREE: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire). 


Simon Mather took charge of 23 matches during the 2020/21 campaign giving out 65 yellow cards and seven reds. 

He has never refereed any of these two sides. 

Mather will be flanked by Damith Bandara and Geoffrey Russell - along with Lee Venamore who has been confirmed as the fourth official. 


For the City supporters who are unable to travel to the Breyer Group Stadium, 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 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.


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

The Bantams are currently 6/4 favourites to leave the Breyer Group Stadium with all three points. 

You can also back Alex Gilliead to break the deadlock which is priced at 12/1. 

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


City will play in their hyper blue third kit while Orient will be in their traditional all-red home red strip. 

City: Hyper Blue / Hyper Blue / Hyper Blue

Orient: Red / Red / Red

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