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9 February 2021

City are back in midweek action - travelling to the Sands Venue Stadium to face Scunthorpe United in Sky Bet League Two (7.00pm). 

Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars’ were set to play the Iron on January 9, but the fixture was postponed due to a frozen playing surface. 

The Bantams could rise above the hosts in the table on Tuesday evening with victory, though Neil Cox’s side have won their last three matches. 

We have created this Big Match Preview to take you through everything you need to know about the rearranged meeting.


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 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.

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: Saturday’s debutant goal-scorers Charles Vernam and Ollie Crankshaw are both back in contention for Tuesday evening, as Lee Novak remains sidelined.

Danny Rowe (non-COVID illness), Gareth Evans and Andy Cook (injuries) could return for the Bantams, having sat out of City's trip to St James Park. 

Billy Clarke remains unavailable, while Jordan Stevens and Niall Canavan will be once again pushing for starts. 


Conor Sellars (joint-interim): “We have an opportunity to right the wrongs straight away - which is something we have stressed to the players. 

“We need to implement what we have identified after Saturday, and do everything we can to hopefully come away with the three points. 

“It is important we show a reaction to the weekend’s performance and result - which we are looking forward to hopefully doing.”


The Bantams shared the points with Scunthorpe United at the Utilita Energy Stadium, as the Iron denied City after coming back from two goals down.

CITY: Luke McGee; Kelvin Mellor, Paudie O’Connor (booked 90+5’), Ben Richards-Everton, Anthony O’Connor; Matt Palmer, Callum Cooke (Jake Reeves 81’), Hope Akpan (Dylan Connolly 66’), Connor Wood; Eoin Doyle, James Vaughan © (booked 27’) (Shay McCartan 77’). Subs (not used): George Sykes-Kenworthy (GK); Adam Henley, Jamie Devitt, Chris Taylor. 

GOALS: Hope Akpan (17’), James Vaughan (19’).

SCUNTHORPE: Rory Watson; Jordan Clarke (Kgosi Ntlhe 20’ booked 24’ (Ryan Colclough 56’), Matthew Lund (booked 81’), James Perch © (booked 90+2’), Alex Gilliead; Harrison McGahey, Junior Brown, George Miller (Alfie Beestin 81’), Abo Eisa; Jacob Bedeau, John McAtee. Subs (not used): Tom Collins (GK); Kgosi Ntlhe, Andy Butler, Levi Sutton, George Hornshaw.  

GOALS: Alex Gilliead (33’), John McAtee (74’).

ATTENDANCE: 14,176 (609 visitors).

REFEREE: Anthony Backhouse (Cumbria). 


David Rock has taken charge of 19 matches this season, including five in Sky Bet League Two. He has awarded 58 yellow cards, two reds and five penalties in the process. 

The Hertfordshire-based referee officiated Scunthorpe United’s 3-1 defeat away at Exeter City in October, but is yet to take charge of the Bantams this season.

Rock will be assisted by Stephen Wade and Geoffrey Liddle, with Rebecca Welch in as the fourth official.


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

City are 29/20 favourites for victory - with two price boosts for the clash available. 

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


The Bantams will wear their all-grey third strip on Tuesday, with the hosts in their traditional claret and blue home colours.

Scunthorpe: Claret and Blue / Claret and Blue / Blue

City: Fusion Grey / Fusion Grey / Fusion Grey

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