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Match Previews


1 October 2021

Match Previews


1 October 2021

The Bantams will continue their Sky Bet League Two campaign at the Utilita Energy Stadium against Rochdale on Saturday afternoon (3.00pm).

City have lost just one of their last five league meetings with the Dale and the clash will be the first between the two sides since 2018.

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


City: The Bantams are likely to have Charles Vernam available for selection once again following his return to training this week.

Derek Adams will still be without Lee Angol, Abo Eisa, Theo Robinson, Caolan Lavery and club captain Niall Canavan.

Rochdale: The Dale are set to visit the Utilita Energy Stadium with a full squad available for selection.

No injuries were suffered in their clash with local rivals Oldham Athletic last weekend - prior to which manager Robbie Stockdale declared he had a fully-fit squad at his disposal.


Derek Adams: “We understand what Rochdale are trying to do. We have played teams who use a back three a number of times this season.

“We know the strengths of the system and we understand the weaknesses.

“They are a side which has transformed from last season to this season, and they try to play in a way which will get them into the play-offs.

“They have done the same as us: won three, drawn three and lost three this season, and they sit just above us in the table.”

Robbie Stockdale: “We will use the pain of the Oldham defeat to put it right.

“We accept where Bradford's strengths are and highlight weaknesses that we can exploit.

“I am asking the players to embrace the challenge and put on a good performance.

“If we get the performance right, it gives us a great chance to get something out of the game.”


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 across DAB frequencies in Bradford - and via the BBC Sounds app.

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


The Bantams came out on top of the last league clash between the two sides - making the trip back over the Pennines with three points following a 4-0 win at the Crown Oil Arena.


CITY 4 (Nathaniel Knight-Percival 23’, Anthony O’Connor 48’, Eoin Doyle 60’ pen, George Miller 89’)

ROCHDALE: Brendan Moore; Joe Rafferty, Michael Williams (booked 27’), Ryan Delaney, Matt Done; Daniel Adshead (Kgosi Ntlhe 35’), Callum Camps (David Perkins 73’), Oliver Rathbone (booked 47’), Jordan Williams (Calvin Williams 48’); Ian Henderson © (booked 90+3’), Brad Inman. SUBS (not used): Josh Lillis, Jimmy McNulty, Harrison McGahey, Matty Gillam. 

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Paul Caddis (booked 51’), Anthony O’Connor ©, Nathaniel Knight-Percival (booked 44’), Adam Chicksen; Jack Payne (George Miller 81’) Jim O’Brien, Ryan McGowan (booked 70’), Lewis O’Brien; Eoin Doyle (Kai Bruenker 87’), David Ball (booked 42’). SUBS (not used): Ben Wilson, Connor Wood, Daniel Devine, Thomas Isherwood, Eliot Goldthorp. 


James Bell will take charge at the Utilita Energy Stadium for the first time since April 10 - where City beat Grimsby 1-0. 

The weekend's clash will be Bell’s second Sky Bet League Two game of the season, plying his trade mostly in Sky Bet League One so far this term.

Mr Bell will be joined by Wayne Grunnill and Peter Gooch as his assistants - with Carl Boyeson taking the fourth official position. 


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

Derek Adams’ team are currently priced at 6/5 to come out on top in the contest. 

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


City will step out in their white home strip, while the Dale will don their familiar blue shirt with black shorts.

Bantams: White / Claret / Amber 

Rochdale: Blue / Black / Black

Tickets for tomorrow's clash can still be secured at a discounted rate - UNTIL 11.59PM TONIGHT - by CLICKING HERE

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