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Match Previews


5 March 2021

Match Previews


5 March 2021

City are in action at the Utilita Energy Stadium once again - hosting Bolton Wanderers in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday afternoon (3.00pm).

The Bantams have won 10 matches out of their last 14 and are currently sitting 10th in the table, and four points from the play-off positions. Victory against the Trotters would see City bag a sixth-straight win for the first time since 1984.

Saturday’s visitors are also on an impressive run of form which has seen them rise up to 6th - following six wins on the bounce.

We have compiled all of the key information that you will need to know ahead of the visit from Ian Evatt’s side in this Big Match Preview.


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 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.


City: Andy Cook is back in contention after missing out against parent club Mansfield Town on Tuesday evening. Gareth Evans also missed out against the Stags but is pushing for a return against Bolton.

Harry Pritchard, who will head for surgery on a back injury, is unavailable, as Lee Novak, Zeli Ismail and Bryce Hosannah remain out. 

Connor Wood is in line to make his 100th appearance in City colours, while Clayton Donaldson could rack up a half century for the Bantams, should he feature. 

Bolton: Former Bantam Eoin Doyle is the Bolton's top goal-scorer this season with 13, and is set to start for the visitors on Saturday, having scored at Oldham Athletic in midweek.

Veteran goalkeeper Matt Gilks is in line to feature at the Utilita Energy Stadium along with Alex Baptiste, Kieran Lee and Nathan Delfouneso.

Marcus Maddison signed for the Lancashire-based outfit on loan from Charlton Athletic in January and will be in contention to play, having made the bench at Boundary Park on Tuesday evening.


Conor Sellars: "Regardless of any record, we just want to win as many games as possible between now and the end of the campaign - and keep building momentum ahead of next season.

"We are on a good run and it will be a big test, as they are in fantastic form, but hopefully we will be ready and will be able to do enough to take all three points."

Ian Evatt: "It is a big game and it really makes you think about where we are at in the world, because there would have probably been over 20,000 fans in there.

"It is two big clubs in their own right going head to head, and it is a real shame (supporters cannot be there)."


The Bantams fell to a 1-0 defeat at the University of Bolton Stadium towards the end of October. 

WANDERERS: Billy Crellin; Peter Kioso, Alex Baptiste, Ricardo Santos, Ryan Delaney, Harry Brockbank (Jamie Mascoll 64’); Antoni Sarcevic ©, Andrew Tutte (Brandon Comley, 76’), Ali Crawford; Nathan Delfouneso, Arthur Gnahoua (Ronan Darcy 90+3’). Subs (not used): Liam Gordon, George Taft, Jak Hickman, Reiss Greenidge.

GOALS: Nathan Delfouneso (13’)

CITY: Richard O’Donnell ©; Bryce Hosannah, Paudie O’Connor, Anthony O’Connor, Ben Richards-Everton, Connor Wood; Finn Cousin-Dawson (Harry Pritchard 69’), Elliot Watt, Callum Cooke; Clayton Donaldson, Billy Clarke (Austin Samuels 76’). Subs (not used): Sam Hornby, Jackson Longridge, Tyler French, Reece Staunton, Dylan Mottley-Henry.


Leigh Doughty has officiated 20 matches so far this season and has distributed 70 yellow cards, one red and one penalty in the process.

After spending the majority of last season in Sky Bet League Two, Doughty has made the step up this campaign and has taken charge of 13 games in the Sky Bet Championship.

He will be assisted by Rob Smith and Craig Taylor, with Shaun Hudson coming in as fourth official for Saturday’s meeting with the Trotters.


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

City are 8/5 favourites for victory against Ian Evatt’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 remain in their claret and amber home strip, with the visitors in their traditional home white and navy colours.

City: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

Bolton: White / Navy / White

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