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5 November 2021

Match Previews


5 November 2021

City are back in action at the Utilita Energy Stadium on Saturday, this time facing Exeter City in an Emirates FA Cup first-round clash at 3.00pm.

Exeter will visit West Yorkshire on the high of a 13-game unbeaten run, which they will be looking to extend at the expense of the Bantams. 

With a place in the second round up for grabs, the Devonshire-based outfit will have their eyes set on bettering their third-round finish last season - where they lost to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Grecians will make the arduous 288-mile journey for the first time this season, before they return for the league fixture on February 12.

We have created a Big Match Preview to give you all the key details you need to know, heading into the encounter. 


City: Lee Angol and Abo Eisa both remained sidelined with injuries.

Liam Ridehalgh and Caolan Lavery will both be unavailable for the weekend's clash, but both are expected back ahead of next week’s trip to Port Vale.

Exeter: Sam Stubbs’ return to training this week could earn him a place in the matchday squad.

Kyle Taylor and Josh Coley both trained ahead of the clash, with the view to travel to West Yorkshire.

Callum Rowe will be sidelined for the fixture after picking up a knock at the weekend.


Derek Adams: “It is the oldest club competition in the world, and the one that everyone wants to play in.

“It has all the makings for something special, for everyone connected to the club. Particularly for the supporters, it is a great occasion.

“It is the biggest competition in this country and, from our point of view, it is the one you look forward to playing and managing in as a kid.”

Matt Taylor: "It is one to look forward to, and hopefully there will be a good crowd there.

"We will pretty much treat this like a league game. We have done nothing different this week, and have watched them closely in recent weeks. Not too much has changed.

"They played well last week and that shows where they are at. We have to look forward to it and have nothing to fear. We have to control our bodies and minds and, hopefully, the lads are in a good mindset.”


City supporters unable to make the Utilita Energy Stadium can follow the action with regular updates on the club’s official Twitter page.

You will also be able to catch updates on other social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram.

Full audio match commentary is available to iFollow Bantams subscribers, while BBC Radio Leeds’ Jamie Raynor and Andy Kiwomya will provide live commentary on DAB radio across the Bradford district, and via the BBC Sounds app.

IFollow subscribers can also catch all the reaction - with post-match interviews and content.


The Bantams’ trip to St James Park at the start of the season ended goalless.

It was the first game fans were able to see their side in the flesh since March 2020, and over 700 City supporters made the 578-mile round trip to see the stalemate.



CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Oscar Threlkeld (Charles Vernam 46’), Paudie O’Connor, Niall Canavan ©, Liam Ridehalgh; Elliot Watt, Levi Sutton, Alex Gilliad (Oliver Crankshaw 79’), Lee Angol; Callum Cooke, Andy Cook. Subs (not used): Sam Hornby, Fiacre Kelleher, Matthew Foulds, Abo Eisa, Gareth Evans. 

EXETER: Cameron Dawson; Jack Sparkes, Pierce Sweeney, Nigel Atangana, George Ray, Josh Key; Timothee Dieng (Harry Kite 75’), Jevani Brown (Jevani Brown 79’), Sam Nombe, Matt Jay ©. Subs (not used): Harry Lee (GK), Jake Caprice, Callum Rowe, Jordan Dyer, James Dodd.


Sebastian Stockbridge is the man in the middle for the Emirates FA Cup clash, which will be his eighth game in charge this season.

Stockbridge last took charge at the Utilita Energy Stadium on April 20, when the Bantams fell to a 1-0 defeat against Tranmere Rovers.

Simon Clayton and Stephen Wade will join Stockbridge on the flanks, whilst Daniel Locker will take his place as the Fourth Official.


City supporters can back their team for victory this Saturday with Sky Bet.

Bantams fans can flutter on Derek Adams’ side to win the tie at 4/5.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


The Bantams will don their white home strip at the Utilita Energy Stadium, while the visitors will wear their pink and black away kit.

Bantams: White / Claret / Amber 

Exeter: Black and Fluro Pink / Black / Fluro Pink

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