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12 March 2021

Match Previews


12 March 2021

The Bantams will look to start another unbeaten run - when travelling to Carlisle United in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday afternoon (3.00pm).

Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars’ side fell to defeat for the first time in seven matches at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday.

Saturday’s hosts are winless in their last eight matches and have fallen down to 13th in the table - one place below City.

We have created this Big Match Preview to take you through everything you need to know ahead of the visit to Brunton Park.


Supporters will be able to catch every minute of the game LIVE 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 2.00pm. 

For a step-by-step guide on how to purchase an iFollow video match pass for the fixture, please CLICK HERE

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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 will be hoping for a return to the Bantams' starting 11, having been rested at Newport in midweek. 

Gareth Evans will be pushing for a start after coming off the bench for his 100th City appearance on Tuesday. Elliot Watt is likely to feature against his former loan side, as is Andy Cook - having spent time in the Carlisle United academy. 

Lee Novak, Harry Pritchard, Zeli Ismail and Bryce Hosannah are all long-term absentees for Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars' men.

Carlisle: January signing Offrande Zanzala will be pushing for a start for the hosts, having come off the bench to secure an injury-time equaliser against Grimsby Town in midweek. 

City academy graduate Danny Devine will be looking to feature, having joined the Blues in the summer.

Former Bantams Omari Patrick and Joe Riley will be looking to start again against City, alongside ex-City loanee Callum Guy.  


Conor Sellars: "Carlisle have dipped a little bit in form, but were well up there earlier in the season.

"They are full of energy and are very good at what they do, so I am sure they will be looking to overturn their recent form. It will be another difficult game."

Chris Beech: "Bradford brought in a lot of players in January, but we have a great opportunity to play against them while they are in great form, and I am really looking forward to that challenge.

"I know a lot of their players and it will be a really interesting test. We have got to look after ourselves and make sure we are right at it."


The Bantams fell to defeat at the Utilita Energy Stadium as Rhys Bennett’s header was enough to see the Cumbrians leave West Yorkshire with all three points.

CITY: Richard O’Donnell ©; Bryce Hosannah (Dylan Mottley-Henry 75’), Paudie O’Connor, Ben Richards-Everton, Anthony O’Connor; Harry Pritchard (Kian Scales 74’), Elliot Watt (Tyler French 85’), Callum Cooke (Levi Sutton 85’); Clayton Donaldson, Austin Samuels. Subs (not used): Sam Hornby, Jackson Longridge, Finn Cousin-Dawson.

CARLISLE: Paul Farman; George Tanner, Nick Anderton (c), Aaron Hayden, Rhys Bennett; Omari Patrick, Dean Furman (Joe Riley 90+2’), Danny Devine, Jon Mellish; Lewis Alessandra (Gime Toure 89’), Josh Kayode. Subs (not used): Marcus Dewhurst, Max Hunt, Gavin Reilly, Taylor Charters, Jack Armer.

GOALS: Bennett (57’). 

REFEREE: Geoff Eltringham (Durham).


Ollie Yates has taken charge of 22 matches so far this season, handing out 71 yellow cards, two reds and two penalties in the process.

The Staffordshire-based referee oversaw the Bantams’ 2-1 win over Stevenage at the Utilita Energy Stadium in September, but is yet to officiate the Cumbrians this season.

Yates will be assisted by Joe Simpson and Billy Smallwood on Saturday, as Chris Isherwood comes in as fourth official.


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

City are priced at 19/10 for victory against Chris Beech’s side  - 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 their claret and amber home kit for the trip to Cumbria, with the hosts in their traditional blue and white colours. 

Carlisle: Blue and Navy / White / Blue

City: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

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