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26 February 2021

The Bantams are back on the road in Sky Bet League Two - as they look to make it four-straight wins - when travelling to Walsall (3.00pm).

City have risen up the table to 11th since Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars took charge of the first team, and sit top of the Sky Bet League Two form guide over the past 10 matches.

Walsall are in 15th place, having won eight, drawn 13 and lost eight matches. The Saddlers have won one in their last 10 outings, dating back to Boxing Day. 

We have created this Big Match Preview to give you all of the key information and insight you will need to know ahead of Saturday afternoon’s 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 2.00pm. 

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: Callum Cooke has picked up three man of the match awards in the last four matches and is looking likely to feature for the Bantams this weekend.

Ollie Crankshaw played an influential role in City’s midweek win against Leyton Orient on Tuesday and is pushing to make the starting 11, with Gareth Evans having taken a knock.

Billy Clarke and Harry Pritchard remain injured for the Bantams, though Andy Cook is likely to feature against his former side. 


Conor Sellars: "With their game on Wedensday night, and situation with their change of manager, it is something we have had to concentrate on a lot.

"They are a good team and will pose another tough test, but we have to be ready."


Substitute Billy Clarke earned the Bantams a 1-1 draw at the Utilita Energy Stadium against Walsall - with a second-half equaliser from the penalty spot.

CITY: Richard O’Donnell ©; Bryce Hosannah (Tyler French 46’); Ben Richards-Everton, Anthony O’Connor, Connor Wood; Callum Cooke, Elliot Watt, Harry Pritchard (Billy Clarke 67’), Dylan Mottley-Henry; Clayton Donaldson (Kurtis Guthrie 79’), Lee Novak. Subs (not used): Sam Hornby (GK), Jackson Longridge, Paudie O’Connor, Austin Samuels.

GOALS: Clarke (76' pen). 

WALSALL: Liam Roberts; Hayden White, Dan Scarr, James Clarke ©, George Nurse; Rory Holden, Danny Guthrie (Alfie Bates 76’), Luke Kinsella, Wes McDonald (Emmanuel Osadebe 89’); Caolan Lavery (Jake Scrimshaw 82’), Elijah Adebayo. Subs (not used): Jack Rose (GK), Cameron Norman, Zak Jules, Stuart Sinclair.

GOALS: Nurse (23'). 

REFEREE: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear).


Scott Oldham has taken charge of 22 matches so far this season - handing out 42 yellow cards and seven penalties in the process.

The Lancashire-based referee took charge of City’s Papa John’s trophy defeat to Oldham Athletic in November, and oversaw Walsall’s trip to Salford City on Boxing Day - as the Saddlers lost 2-0.

Oldham will be assisted by Daniel Flynn and Dean Treleaven, with Robert Lewis in as fourth official for Saturday’s clash.


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

City are 29/20 favourites for victory at the Banks’s Stadium  - with two price boosts available. 

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars’ Bantams will be back in their navy and claret away strip, with the hosts in their classic red, white and green colours.

Walsall: Red and Green / White and Green / Green and Red

City: Navy and Claret / Navy / Navy

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