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Match Previews


23 March 2021

Match Previews


23 March 2021

City will look to return to winning ways - when travelling to Scunthorpe United in Sky Bet League Two on Tuesday evening (7.00pm).

This will be the third time the Bantams have been set to face Neil Cox’s side, after the previous two matches were postponed and abandoned respectively. 

Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars’ side sit 12th in the table, after winning 13, drawing nine and losing 12 so far this season.


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 6.00pm. 

PLEASE NOTE: Supporters who purchased iFollow video match passes for original fixtures against the Iron WILL have automatic access to this evening's game. 

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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: Andy Cook will be in contention to start on Tuesday evening after coming off the bench against Oldham Athletic over the weekend. 

Billy Clarke is again doubt for the trip to Lincolnshire having missed Saturday's contest - and may have to wait to make his 450th career appearance. Callum Cooke, Zeli Ismail, Lee Novak, Harry Pritchard, Reece Staunton and Bryce Hosannah all remain out.

The Bantams’ captain, Richard O’Donnell, made his first start in City colours since Boxing Day on Saturday afternoon, and is looking set to feature once again.

Scunthorpe: The Iron have been boosted by the news captain Jordan Clarke will no longer be suspended for the contest. 

Clarke was dismissed over the weekend after clashing with Southend United's former City midfielder, Timothee Dieng, but has had the red card rescinded. 

Other ex-Bantams, Alex Gilliead and Matthew Lund, are again in line to feature at the Sands Venue Stadium. 


Conor Sellars: "In terms of their squad, they will be very similar, but everyone is playing a lot of games at this moment in time, and so that perhaps changes the tactics each team adopts going into each game.

"It is not a case of taking Scunthorpe as we know they might play, and basing things on an assumption from how we planned to set up for them last time.

"It will be a different challenge, and one we have to be prepared for."

Neil Cox: "It has been difficult, because of the situation. We have done a lot of homework on them, and they have probably done a lot of homework on us.

“We just want to get the game done, and then most teams will have played the same amount of games.

"It is a big game at us, and an opportunity for us to get three points at home against a good Bradford side, which should really be at the top end of the league, with the squad they have and the size of their football club."


The Bantams shared the points with Scunthorpe United at the Utilita Energy Stadium, as the Iron denied City victory after coming back from two goals down.

CITY: Luke McGee; Kelvin Mellor, Paudie O’Connor (booked 90+5’), Ben Richards-Everton, Anthony O’Connor; Matt Palmer, Callum Cooke (Jake Reeves 81’), Hope Akpan (Dylan Connolly 66’), Connor Wood; Eoin Doyle, James Vaughan © (booked 27’) (Shay McCartan 77’). Subs (not used): George Sykes-Kenworthy (GK); Adam Henley, Jamie Devitt, Chris Taylor. 

GOALS: Hope Akpan (17’), James Vaughan (19’).

SCUNTHORPE: Rory Watson; Jordan Clarke (Kgosi Ntlhe 20’ booked 24’ (Ryan Colclough 56’), Matthew Lund (booked 81’), James Perch © (booked 90+2’), Alex Gilliead; Harrison McGahey, Junior Brown, George Miller (Alfie Beestin 81’), Abo Eisa; Jacob Bedeau, John McAtee. Subs (not used): Tom Collins (GK); Kgosi Ntlhe, Andy Butler, Levi Sutton, George Hornshaw.  

GOALS: Alex Gilliead (33’), John McAtee (74’).

ATTENDANCE: 14,176 (609 visitors).

REFEREE: Anthony Backhouse (Cumbria).


Tom Nield has overseen 25 matches so far this campaign, including 10 in Sky Bet League One. 

Throughout this season he has awarded 90 yellow cards, two reds and two penalties but is yet to officiate the Bantams or Scunthorpe United.

The West Yorkshire-based referee will be assisted by Declan Ford and Geoffrey Liddle, with Sebastian Stockbridge in as fourth official.


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

City are 6/4 favourites for victory against the Iron - 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.


City will wear their all-grey third strip on Tuesday, with the hosts in their traditional claret and blue home colours.

Scunthorpe: Claret and Blue / Claret and Blue / Blue

City: Fusion Grey / Fusion Grey / Fusion Grey

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