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Match Previews


19 February 2021

Match Previews


19 February 2021

The Bantams look to make it back-to-back wins - when travelling to Cheltenham Town in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday (3.00pm).

Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars’ side returned to winning ways against Morecambe on Tuesday evening - moving them up to 16th in the table.

The Robins are sitting in third and are unbeaten in their last eight league games.

We have created this Big Match Preview to take you through all of the key information you will need to know ahead of Saturday’s visit to the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.


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. 

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City: Tuesday evening’s man of the match, Charles Vernam, is once again in contention to start against Cheltenham Town.

City captain Richard O’Donnell made the bench against Morecambe and will be pushing to make his first start since the Boxing Day victory against Tranmere Rovers. Lee Novak and Billy Clarke are still ruled out with long-term problems.

Danny Rowe played an influential role having come off the bench against the Shrimps - and could be in line to start - for the trip to Gloucestershire.

Cheltenham: The Robins' top goal-scorer, Alfie May, is likely to feature against City having started in their midweek match against Walsall.

Sam Smith joined Cheltenham Town on loan from Reading in January and netted his first goal for the club against the Saddlers on Tuesday. The 22-year-old forward is expected to start on Saturday.


Trueman (interim): "For me, we are playing one of the best sides in the division. 

"Cheltenham are very organised, but have a lot of quality at the top end of the pitch as well, and so cause a lot of teams issues. 

"It will be a tough game and we will have to be at our very best to go down there and get any kind of result, which we are determined to do."

Michael Duff: "Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars have really improved Bradford, and they have really picked up. 

"They have won six out of their last 10 matches and recruited some really good players in January. 

"We need to know the next couple of games coming up are very tough. Bradford have proved they can mix it with teams at the top end of the league."


Saturday’s hosts left the Utilita Energy Stadium with all three points at the start of December, as Chris Clements struck late on to clinch victory for the Robins.

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Connor Wood, Ben Richards-Everton, Paudie O’Connor, Anthony O’Connor, Bryce Hosannah (Tyler French 64’); Kian Scales, Elliot Watt, Callum Cooke (Harry Pritchard 72’); Clayton Donaldson, Dylan Mottley-Henry (Austin Samuels 82’). Subs (not used): Sam Hornby (GK), Jackson Longridge, Finn Cousin-Dawson, Jorge Sikora.

GOALS: Donaldson (23'). 

ROBINS: Josh Griffiths; William Boyle, Ben Tozer, Charlie Raglan; Chris Hussey, Finn Azaz (Tom Sang 79’), Liam Sercombe, Ellis Chapman (Chris Clements 45’), Matty Blair; George Lloyd, Alfie May (Andy Williams 78’). Subs (not used): Scott Flinders (GK), Dan Bowry, Reuben Reid, Lewis Freestone.

GOALS: May (45), Clements (76'). 

REFEREE: Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne). 


Matthew Donohue has taken charge of 18 matches this season including 15 in the Sky Bet Championship. During these matches, he has awarded 49 yellow cards, two reds and two penalties.

The Greater Manchester-based referee has predominantly spent his career in England, but oversaw two matches in Iceland’s second tier during 2019.

He is yet to officiate City or Cheltenham Town this season.

Donohue will be assisted by Daniel Leach and Mark Jones, with Adrian Waters in as the fourth official for Saturday afternoon’s clash.


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

The hosts are currently even favourites to take all three points - with two price boosts available. 

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


The Bantams will be in their changed claret and navy strip, with the hosts in their classic red and white home colours.

Cheltenham: Red and White / White / Red

City: Navy and Claret / Navy / Navy 

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