City are back on their travels for the second time this week, this time facing a trip to Scunthorpe United for a 3.00pm kick-off in Sky Bet League Two.
The Bantams will be looking to bounce back from their midweek defeat at Tranmere Rovers.
The Iron have had a tough start to their second season in Sky Bet League Two, picking up two wins in their opening 18 games.
Keith Hill was brought in to replace Neil Cox after The Iron’s disappointing start to the season and has picked up some positive results since his arrival at the start of the month.
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 around Christmas.
Oscar Threlkeld returned to training this week and should be fit for the clash in North Lincolnshire.
Lee Angol, Caolan Lavery and Charles Vernam will all be assessed ahead of the fixture after the trio were forced off due to injury midweek, with manager Derek Adams hopeful over one of them.
Scunthorpe: Mason O’Malley is a doubt for the clash after coming off at half-time in midweek due to a groin injury.
Tom Pugh is suspended for the fixture after collecting his fifth booking of the season on Tuesday.
Rory Watson will be assessed ahead of the weekend to judge whether he has recovered fully from his hamstring injury.
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
Derek Adams: “They had started the season with three at the back and now they have gone to four.
“We have played a lot of top-half teams recently. This is the first team who we have played that are in the bottom half of the table for a while.
“We need three points to help us get up the league. It shows you how tight the league is.”
Keith Hill: “I am looking forward to it.
“Hopefully, there will be a big crowd, which always generates an energy on the pitch and in the stadium.
“It is something we are really looking forward to.”
City supporters unable to make it to Glanford 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’ 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.
LAST TIME OUT
The two sides played out a stalemate last time out, as Scunthorpe's visit to West Yorkshire ended goalless last May.
The clash was the final game played behind closed doors at the Utilita Energy Stadium and was the club’s annual remembrance fixture to honour those lost in the 1985 Valley Parade Fire Disaster.
CITY: Sam Hornby; Paudie O’Connor ©, Anthony O’Connor, Finn Cousin-Dawson (Andy Cook 60’); Connor Wood, Elliott Watt, Levi Sutton, Callum Cooke, Charles Vernam; Gareth Evans (Kian Scales 71’); Lee Novak (Clayton Donaldson 72’). SUBS (not used): Richard O’Donnell (GK), Matty Foulds, Jordan Stevens, Billy Clarke.
SCUNTHORPE: Mark Howard; George Taft, Emmanuel Onariase, Alex Gilliead ©; Kevin van Veen (Myles Hippolyte 86’), Devarn Green (Abo Eisa 77’), Lewis Spence, Alifie Beestin, Jem Karacan (Ryan Loft 78’); Jai Rowe; Mason O’Malley. SUBS (not used): Rory Watson, Jacob Bedeau, Tom Pugh, Teddy Howe.
Christopher Sarginson will take charge of the midweek clash - his 21st of the season.
Mr Sarginson’s last game in the middle for a City fixture came during the 2020/21 season, when City earned a 1-0 win over eventual Sky Bet League Two runners up Cambridge United. Harry Pritchard bagged the only goal of the game as the Bantams won their last game of the first half of the season.
Paul Graham and Conor Brown will be on the flanks, while Mark Jones will join them as Fourth Official.
BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET
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 19/20.
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, while the hosts will wear their traditional claret and blue kit.
Scunthorpe: Claret / Light Blue / Light Blue
Bantams: White / Claret / White
Tickets for the encounter are available until 4.00PM TODAY. CLICK HERE to purchase.