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19 November 2021

Match Previews


19 November 2021

City are back in Sky Bet League Two action at the Utilita Energy Stadium for the first time this month, as they welcome Northampton Town for a 3.00pm kick-off on Saturday.

The Cobblers will make the trip to West Yorkshire on the back of their Emirates FA Cup replay defeat to Sky Bet League One side Cambridge United.

Northampton currently sit in fourth having won eight games and lost five, with the other three ending as a draw.

Northampton’s visit will round off a seven-game spell during which the Bantams have taken on each of the division's top four teams - along with a trip to Sky Bet League One side Sunderland - without defeat.

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


City: Andy Cook remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, with the striker expected back next month.

Paudie O’Connor and Levi Sutton will be assessed ahead of the clash after being forced off the field at Exeter.

Lee Angol will miss the match due to the suspension he received from his double booking on Tuesday night.

Northampton: Club captain Joseph Mills remains sidelined after fracturing his ankle in Northampton's goalless draw with Crawley.

Sid Nelson is also out of the clash after sustaining knee ligament damage during training.


Derek Adams: “They have done really well in the summer. They have added to their squad successfully.

“With players returning to the squad, it only makes us stronger, and we can take confidence from our record against sides at the top end of the division.

“We are at home, so will have to take the game to Northampton.

“Having the home game against the team sitting fourth is great, and we are looking forward to having all our supporters there.”

Jon Brady: “This will probably be one of our toughest challenges away from home but it is a challenge we believe we can get three points from.

“We cannot worry about the atmosphere or the crowd, it is about what happens on the pitch and we will be fully focused on what we do.

“We are going there to be really positive, there are only three teams above us in the form table and we are looking to continue that.”


City supporters unable to make it to 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 last time the two sides locked horns was in 2019 - with the Bantams coming out 2-1 winners in West Yorkshire.

Current City centre-back Paudie O’Connor netted a late winner to secure the three points after the Bantams went a goal down inside the first 20 minutes.

Zeli Ismail was dismissed late on after picking up two bookings in quick succession, despite only entering the game with just over 20 minutes to play.

CITY: Richard O'Donnell; Kelvin Mellor, Paudie O'Connor (booked 89’), Ben Richards-Everton, Connor Wood; Harry Pritchard, Matthew Palmer, Daniel Devine (Callum Cooke 68'), Dylan Connolly (Zeli Ismail 68', booked 84’, dismissed 90+2’); James Vaughan (c) (Anthony O'Connor 90+4'), Clayton Donaldson. SUBS (not used): Sam Hornby (GK), Jordan Gibson, Jermaine Anderson, Aramide Oteh. 

GOALS: Donaldson (77'), P. O'Connor (89'). 

NORTHAMPTON: David Cornell; Michael Harriman, Charlie Goode, Jordan Turnbull (booked 90+2’), Joe Martin (booked 33’); Shaun McWilliams, Matty Warburton (Billy Waters 67'), Chris Lines; Nicky Adams (Scott Wharton 73'), Andy Williams (Vadaine Oliver 54', booked 79’), Sam Hoskins (booked 85). SUBS (not used): Andy Fisher, Harry Smith, Scott Pollock, Egli Kaja. 

GOALS: Goode (20'). 


Carl Boyeson will take charge of the weekend’s clash - his 11th of the season.

Mr Boyeson last led the Bantams out against Stevenage last season. The two sides shared the spoils as they played out a 1-1 draw.

Robert Atkin and Paul Newhouse will be on the flanks, while Declan Bourne will join them as 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 5/4.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


The Bantams will don their usual white home shirt with, while the visitors will wear their all-black change strip.

Bantams: White / Claret / Amber

Northampton: Black / Black / Black

To purchase your ticket for tomorrow's encounter at a discounted rate, BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, please CLICK HERE.

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