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16 November 2021

Match Previews


16 November 2021

City are back on the road this evening, this time to face Exeter City in an Emirates FA Cup first-round replay at 7.45pm.

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw just over a week ago, when Theo Robinson scored the opener before Sam Nombe levelled late on. 

Exeter managed a respectable third-round finish last season, and the Grecians will be looking to better that, at the expense of the Bantams. 

City will make the arduous 288-mile journey for the second time this season, with the first coming on the opening day.

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 and will therefore miss the clash.

Caolan Lavery will be assessed to see whether he is ready for the encounter.

Finn Cousin-Dawson remains away on international duty with Northern Ireland Under-21s, and will be hoping to back up 90 minutes on Friday against Malta this evening. 

Exeter: Exeter are likely to make a string of changes tonight as fixture congestion starts to bite.

The Grecians will have Tim Dieng back available after suspension for the visit of the Bantams, while the likes of Josh Coley, Jonathan Grounds and Jack Sparkes could come into the starting 11.

Kyle Taylor is a doubt with a dead leg, and Nigel Atangana did not train in the last week so is unlikely to feature despite coming off the bench at the weekend.


Derek Adams: "We are looking forward to it. We come off some good results and performances against good teams, and have to go there on Tuesday and do it again.

“We can compete against the top teams, and we have to stop Exeter.

"It is a great run they are on, and a club record - 18 unbeaten in all competitions. It is up to us to go there and beat them, to stop that.”

Matt Taylor: “We are only as strong as the squad but we will make changes on Tuesday.

“The four wins on the bounce shows the feel-good factor around the place at the moment and, having lost a couple of centre-mids in the week, Harry Kite who has not been in the fold stepped straight back in and performed really well.

“Anyone who saw Bradford’s game on Saturday will have seen it was an impressive display and they were strong. It will be a tough test again, but I will utilise the squad and we had a good game today following on from Wednesday night and I will utilise some of them on Tuesday.”


City supporters unable to make the trip to St James Park 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’ Louis Reynolds 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Supporters are reminded this evening's clash IS NOT available for live streaming, due to it taking place in the Emirates FA Cup. 


The two sides went toe-to-toe just over a week ago, with a 1-1 draw taking the tie to a replay.

Theo Robinson netted the opener on his first start in City colours, but a dominant Bantams display was not rewarded as Sam Nombe equalised just five minutes before full-time to set up the return fixture.

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Oscar Threlkeld, Paudie O’Connor, Niall Canavan (C), Yann Songo’o; Alex Gilliead, Matty Foulds, Charles Vernam (Callum Cooke 68’), Elliot Watt; Theo Robinson (Lee Angol 77’), Levi Sutton (booked 30’). SUBS (not used): Sam Hornby, Fiacre Kelleher, Gareth Evans, Reece Staunton, Finn Cousin-Dawson, Kian Scales. 

GOALS: Theo Robinson (28’). 

EXETER: Cameron Dawson; Jake Caprice (Josh Key 56’), Nigel Atangana (Timothee Dieng 56’), George Ray (Jonathan Grounds 45’, booked 69’), Matt Jay (c) ; Archie Collins, Sam Nombe, Jevani Brown, Colin Daniel (Owura Edwards 56’, booked 60’); Pierce Sweeney (booked 81’), Alex Hartridge (Jack Sparkes 73’). SUBS (not used): Scott Brown, Kyle Taylor, Harry Kite. 

GOALS: Sam Nombe (85’). 


Sam Allison will be in the middle for the evening clash - his 16th of the season.

It is the second time Mr Allison has referred Exeter v City this season after he took charge of the clash on the opening day, where the sides played out a 0-0 draw.

Kevin Morris and Andrew Hendley will run the lines, while Mark Whaley will complete the set as Fourth Official.


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

Bantams fans can flutter on Derek Adams’ side to win the tie at 2/1.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


The Bantams will don their Hyper Blue third strip for the trip to St James Park, while the hosts will wear their traditional Red and White kit.

Exeter: Red and White Stripes / Red / Red

Bantams: Hyper Blue / Hyper Blue / Hyper Blue

Supporters can PAY ON THE DAY this evening. CLICK HERE for full details. 

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