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Match Previews


23 February 2021

Match Previews


23 February 2021

The Bantams are back in action at the Utilita Energy Stadium - hosting Leyton Orient in Sky Bet League Two (7.00pm).

City have won four out of their last five matches and moved up to 13th in table, following an impressive 2-0 victory against high-flying Cheltenham Town last time out.

The O’s sit 11th in the league - having won 11, drawn six and lost 11. The East London-based outfit are winless in their last five matches, losing four and drawing one.

We have created this Big Match Preview to take you through everything you need to know for Tuesday evening’s clash.


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 6.00pm.

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: Saturday’s match-winner Andy Cook is set to feature for the Bantams, having got off the mark in City’s 2-0 win over the Robins last time out.

Callum Cooke won the Man of the Match for his performance on Saturday and is looking likely to start for Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars’ side once again.

Lee Novak and Zeli Ismail both remain sidelined with long-term injuries, with Billy Clarke and Harry Pritchard still doubtful. 

Orient: The O’s top goalscorer with 17 in all competitions, Danny Johnson is set to feature at the Utilita Energy Stadium after starting in their 1-1 draw against Port Vale last time out.

Experienced midfielder Jobi McAnuff has played in every league game for Orient so far this season, and will be in contention for Ross Embleton on Tuesday evening.


Dan Happe’s 64th-minute glanced header was enough to see the hosts overcome Stuart McCall’s Bantams - at the Breyer Group Stadium - in November.

ORIENT: Lawrence Vigouroux; Joe Widdowson, Josh Coulson (c), Dan Happe, Sam Ling; James Brophy (Tunji Akinola 90+3’), Ouss Cisse, Louis Dennis (Josh Wright 75’), Hector Kyprianou (Jobi McAnuff 65’); Conor Wilkinson (Jordan Maguire-Drew 45’), Danny Johnson. Subs (not used): Sam Sargeant, James Dayton, Jordan Thomas.

GOALS: Dan Happe (64’).

CITY: Richard O’Donnell ©; Connor Wood, Reece Staunton (Ben Richards-Everton 55’), Paudie O’Connor, Anthony O’Connor, Tyler French; Elliot Watt, Levi Sutton, Billy Clarke (Kian Scales 61’); Clayton Donaldson, Austin Samuels (Dylan Mottley-Henry 80’). Subs (not used): Sam Hornby, Jackson Longridge, Zeli Ismail, Finn Cousin-Dawson.


James Adcock has taken charge of 234 matches throughout his career so far, including 66 in the Sky Bet Championship. He has also enjoyed time officiating in the Japanese and Icelandic leagues. 

The Nottinghamshire-based referee oversaw Leyton Orient’s 2-1 defeat in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup this season but is yet to officiate the Bantams in 2020/21.

Adcock will be assisted by Graeme Fyvie and Thomas Harty, with Ben Toner in as fourth official for the visit from the O’s. 


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

City are 23/20 favourites for victory tomorrow evening - 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 back in claret and amber after recording the first league win of the season in claret and blue against Cheltenham Town on Saturday. 

Ross Embleton’s side will be in their white and red third strip on Tuesday evening.

City: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

Leyton Orient: White and Red / White / White

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