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Match Previews


26 March 2021

Match Previews


26 March 2021

City are back in weekend action - travelling to Colchester United in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday afternoon (3.00pm).

The Bantams fell to defeat at Scunthorpe United in midweek but remain nine points above the U’s in the table, who are in 21st place.

We have compiled together all of the key information and insight about Saturday’s trip to Essex in this Big Match Preview.


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. 

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: Danny Rowe will be pushing for a start in City colours after appearing off the bench against Scunthorpe United.

Billy Clarke, who is one game off his 450th career appearance, is a doubt for the trip to Essex. Callum Cooke, Zeli Ismail, Lee Novak, Harry Pritchard, Reece Staunton and Bryce Hosannah all remain out.

The Bantams’ back four of Connor Wood, Niall Canavan, Paudie O’Connor and Anthony O’Connor has been unchanged since mid-February and is expected to remain the same. 

Colchester: Tommy Smith is in line to feature against the Bantams on Saturday afternoon, having started all but one of Colchester's league matches so far this season.

Dean Gerken, Tom Eastman and Frank Nouble could all play a part in this weekend’s clash after starting against Tranmere Rovers in midweek.

Ex-Bantam Aramide Oteh may face his former side, after making the bench for the U’s on Tuesday evening.


Conor Sellars: "Five games without a win is not good enough, and nowhere near where we want to be.

"We have to be clear in what we believe in, and what this club is about, which is fighting for every single point.

"We have seen bits of Colchester, and they have played a few different formations over the past few games - so it should be in interesting game."

Wayne Brown: "The belief has never changed, it has always been there from the first day that I came into this evironment.

"It has all been about positive vibes, positive moods - building on performances. 

"I keep saying to the lads to just keep building on performances. All you can do is go out there and put a real good performance in, and the results will come."


The Bantams began their Sky Bet League Two campaign with a goalless draw against Colchester United at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

CITY: Richard O’Donnell (c); Paudie O’Connor, Anthony O’Connor, Reece Staunton (Booked 18’); Dylan Mottley-Henry (Zeli Ismail 73’), Callum Cooke (Harry Pritchard 78’), Elliot Watt, Billy Clarke, Connor Wood; Lee Novak, Kurtis Guthrie (Clayton Donaldson 74’). Subs (not used): Sam Hornby, Jackson Longridge, Ben Richards-Everton, Tyler French.

COLCHESTER: Dean Gerken, Myles Welch-Hayes, Tommy Smith, Tom Eastman, Cohen Brammall, Ben Stevenson, Harry Pell, Noah Chilvers (Marley Marshall 90’), Kwame Poku (Paris Cowan-Hall 85’), Luke Gambin (Courtney Senior 67’); Jevani Brown. Subs (not used): Shamal George, Omar Sowunmi, Miguel Scarlett, Samson Tovide.

REFEREE: Ross Joyce. 


Graham Salisbury has taken charge of 26 matches this season and handed out 79 yellow cards, two reds and two penalties in the process.

Throughout his career, the Lancashire-based official has overseen 622 professional matches, including 129 in the Sky Bet Championship.

The 58-year-old referee will be assisted by Leigh Crowhurst and Stephen Finch, with Brett Huxtable in as fourth official.


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

City are 13/10 favourites for victory in Essex - 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 don their claret and amber home strip in Essex, with the U’s in their traditional blue and white home colours.

Colchester: Blue / Blue / White

City: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

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