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9 March 2021

Match Previews


9 March 2021

City will look to extend their unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two - when travelling to the Cardiff City Stadium to play Newport County on Tuesday evening (7.00pm).

Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars’ side are unbeaten in the last six matches - winning five and drawing one. A win against the South Wales outfit would move the Bantams to within a point of the Exiles. 

Michael Flynn’s side climbed back into the play-off places after seeing off Colchester United at the weekend, following a run of two wins in seven games.

We have created this Big Match Preview to guide you through all of the key information and insight ahead of the visit to the Welsh capital.


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 man of the match, Danny Rowe, will be pushing to start in Cardiff after helping to rescue a point against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

Gareth Evans is also fit and available for selection once again, having missed City's last few games with an injury.

The Bantams’ top goal-scorer Lee Novak remains out, as do Harry Pritchard, Zeli Ismail Bryce Hosannah. 

Newport: Padraig Amond scored for the Exiles at the Colchester Community Stadium on Saturday and is set to start on Tuesday evening. 

Ex-Bantam Kevin Ellison made the bench against Colchester United and is likely to play a part against his former side. 


Conor Sellars: “We cannot afford to treat this game any differently to how we would have done, had we have played Newport before the new year. 

“They are a good side who can mix up their way of playing quite a bit. 

“We know what they are capable of, and what kind of a team they are, so that is what is in our minds ahead of the game. 

“They have a strong squad and will cause teams problems, so we are expecting a good game.”


The Bantams fell to a 3-0 defeat to Newport County in Sky Bet League Two at the Utilita Energy Stadium - towards the end of October.

CITY: Richard O’Donnell ©; Tyler French (Paudie O’Connor 46’), Anthony O’Connor, Ben Richards-Everton, Connor Wood; Callum Cooke, Elliot Watt, Billy Clarke; Austin Samuels (Dylan Mottley-Henry 46’), Kurtis Guthrie (Clayton Donaldson 66’), Lee Novak. Subs (not used): Sam Hornby, Jackson Longridge, Harry Pritchard, Finn Cousin-Dawson.

NEWPORT: Nick Townsend; Liam Shephard, Brandon Cooper, Matthew Dolan, Mickey Demetriou, Ryan Haynes; Scott Twine, Josh Sheehan, Joss Labadie © (Scott Bennett 63’); Tristan Abrahams (Jamie Proctor 83’), Saikou Janneh (Padraig Amond 42’). Subs (not used): Tom King, Ashley Baker, Robbie Willmott, Kevin Ellison.

GOALS: Mickey Demetriou (1'), Padraig Among (44'), Matthew Dolan (90+2').


Will Finnie has taken charge of 24 matches this season and has awarded 64 yellow cards, two reds and six penalties.

The Bedfordshire-based official oversaw City’s 2-2 draw at Forest Green Rovers in September as Anthony and Paudie O’Connor saw red. He is yet to referee the Exiles this season.

Finnie will be assisted by Christopher Husband and Justin Amey in South Wales, with Robert Dabbs coming in as the fourth official.


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

City are priced at 19/10 for victory against Michael Flynn’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 in their changed navy and claret away strip, with the hosts in their white, amber, blue and black anniversary kit colours. 

Newport: White, Amber and Blue / Black / Black

City: Navy and Claret / Navy / Navy

CLICK HERE to purchase a £10 iFollow video match pass and ensure you do not miss a minute of tonight’s contest. 

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