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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: MORECAMBE v CITY

7 May 2021

City will be in action for the final time this season - when travelling to promotion hopefuls Morecambe in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday afternoon (3.00pm).

Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars’ side remain in 14th in the table, as the Shrimps look to seal automatic promotion to Sky Bet League One should they better Bolton Wanderers’ result at Crawley Town.

The Bantams are unbeaten in the last eight league meetings against Morecambe - a run dating back to October 2010 - when Paul Mullin bagged the only goal in a 1-0 defeat for City at Valley Parade.

We have compiled together all of the information and insight ahead of the final match of the season in this Big Match Preview.

HOW TO WATCH

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.

TEAM NEWS

City: Conor Sellars confirmed Ollie Crankshaw will play a part at the Mazuma Stadium, having been withdrawn against Port Vale with respiratory issues. 

Billy Clarke is pushing for a place to starting 11, after returning to the squad last Saturday from a calf injury. 

Lee Novak started his first match in 2021 last time out against Scunthorpe United and is looking likely to feature once again. 

Morecambe: Veteran midfielder Toumani Diagouraga has featured in the last 23 matches for the Shrimps and should play a part in Saturday’s meeting.

Former Bantam Nathaniel Knight-Percival has started the last six matches and has helped to secure four wins in that time. The 34-year-old defender is set to start against his former side.  

Grant Pringle came off the bench last time out at Walsall and will be looking to start against the Bantams on Saturday afternoon, along with another ex-City defender, Kelvin Mellor.

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Conor Sellars: "We know it will be a tough ask - as they have been strong all season and are at the top end of the division for a reason.

"Derek Adams has done a brilliant job there this season, but we have to prepare to hopefully be better than them on the day."

Derek Adams: "It is the same as any other game. The aim is to gain three points from the game with a victory.

"Whatever happens, to go into the last game of the season in the position we are in is a fantastic achievement."

LAST TIME OUT 

The Bantams came from behind to beat Morecambe 2-1 at the Utilita Energy Stadium, and return to winning ways. 

Bradford City 2 (Anthony O'Connor 28', Charles Vernam 63')

Morecambe 1 (John O'Sullivan 9')

Sky Bet League Two

Tuesday February 16

CITY: Sam Hornby; Connor Wood, Niall Canavan, Paudie O’Connor ©, Anthony O’Connor; Elliot Watt, Levi Sutton; Gareth Evans (Ollie Crankshaw 83’), Callum Cooke, Charles Vernam (Jordan Stevens 87’); Andy Cook (Danny Rowe 62’). Subs (not used): Richard O’Donnell, Harry Pritchard, Clayton Donaldson, Finn Cousin-Dawson.

GOALS: Anthony O’Connor (28’), Charles Vernam (63’). 

MORECAMBE: Kyle Letheren; Kelvin Mellor (Ryan Cooney 74’), Nathaniel Knight-Percvial, Sam Levelle ©, Liam Gibson (Stephen Hendrie 74’); Yann Songo’o (Jordan Slew 82’), Toumani Diagouraga, Aaron Wildig (Brad Lyons 74’), John O’Sullivan (Liam McAlinden 78’); Cole Stockton, Carlos Mendes Gomes. Subs (not used): Mark Halstead, Alex Denny.

GOALS: John O’Sullivan (9’). 

REFEREE: Alan Young (Cambridgeshire). 

MATCH OFFICIALS

Craig Hicks has taken charge of 32 matches this season, including 12 in Sky Bet League One and 10 in Sky Bet League Two.

The Surrey-based referee oversaw Morecambe’s victories at Tranmere Rovers and Exeter City but is yet to officiate the Bantams during this campaign.

Hicks will be assisted by Mark Cunliffe and Richard Wigglesworth, with Robert Lewis coming in as fourth official for Saturday’s encounter.

BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET

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

City are on at 4/1 for victory against the Shrimps, with two price boosts available ahead of the clash. 

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change. Please gamble responsibly.

KIT COLOURS

The Bantams will wear their navy and claret kit for the final time this season, as the hosts don their classic red and white home colours.

Morecambe: Red / White / Black

City: Navy and Claret / Navy / Navy


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