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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CITY v WALSALL

3 September 2021

The Bantams will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they host Walsall in Sky Bet League Two at 3.00pm tomorrow afternoon. 

City have only lost one of the last 10 meetings between the two teams. 

Derek Adams’ side are also aiming to win their first three home league games in the fourth tier for the first time since the 2012/13 campaign. 

We have created a Big Match Preview to give you all of the information you need to know heading into the encounter. 

TEAM NEWS

City: Lee Angol and Abo Eisa are the only two City players sidelined due to injury. 

This game comes too soon for deadline day signing Theo Robinson, so both Caolan Lavery and Andy Cook could feature against their former club.  

Right-back Oscar Threlkeld should be on course to make his home league debut for the Bantams, with Finn Cousin-Dawson still on international duty. 

Walsall: The Saddlers have no injury concerns heading into this contest. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Derek Adams: “The most important thing is that we get back to winning ways. 

“We were all very disappointed with last weekend’s defeat, but it is now up to us to bounce back from that. 

“Walsall have some talented players, but we just need to focus on what we are good at in order to get the job done.”

Matthew Taylor: “We picked up our first league win of the season last weekend and hopefully, now, we can build on that. 

“Bradford are a very good team at this level and have a manager who understands what it takes to get out of this league. 

“It is going to be a different test for us. The atmosphere will be very loud and it will be interesting to see if we can handle the pressure.” 

LAST TIME OUT

A goal in each half from Levi Sutton and Andy Cook earned the Bantams a hard-fought 2-1 victory at the Banks’s Stadium. 

WALSALL 1 (Dan Scarr 77’). 

CITY 2 (Levi Sutton 43’, Andy Cook 66’). 

Saturday 27 February 2021

WALSALL: Liam Roberts; Callum Cockerill-Mollett (Cameron Norman 65’), Mat Sadler ©, Dan Scarr, Hayden White; Tyreik Wright, Alfie Bates, Sam Perry (Frank Vincent 64’), Wes McDonald; Derick Osei Yaw (Caolan Lavery 57’), Josh Gordon. Subs (not used): Jack Ross, Stuart Sinclair, Jack Nolan, Emmanuel Osadebe.

CITY: Sam Hornby; Connor Wood, Niall Canavan, Paudie O’Connor ©, Anthony O’Connor, Elliot Watt, Levi Sutton; Ollie Crankshaw (Clayton Donaldson 88’), Callum Cooke (Billy Clarke 72’), Charles Vernam (Jordan Stevens 87’); Andy Cook (Danny Rowe 72’). Subs (not used): Richard O’Donnell, Finn Cousin-Dawson, Kian Scales.

REFEREE: Scott Oldham

MATCH COVERAGE

City supporters unable to make it to the Utilita Energy Stadium will be able to catch the encounter with an iFollow video match pass. 

The pass - available for £10 - will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with build-up beginning from 2.00pm.

To purchase an iFollow video match pass, please CLICK HERE.

Supporters can also follow the action with regular updates on the club’s official Twitter page, with 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 and FM radio frequencies, and the BBC Sounds app.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Ben Toner took charge of 32 matches during the 2020/21 campaign - issuing a total of 96 yellow cards and two reds. 

He last refereed the Bantams in their 1-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers in October 2020 and last oversaw the Saddlers in their 1-0 defeat to Cambridge United back in March. 

Toner will be flanked by Robert Atkin and Conor Brown with Mark Cunliffe being confirmed at the fourth official. 

BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET

City supporters are able to back their team for victory tomorrow afternoon with Sky Bet.

The Bantams are currently priced at 4/6 favourites to come out on top at the Utilita Energy Stadium. 

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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

KIT COLOURS

The Bantams will perform in their all-white home strip, and the Saddlers will play in their green away kit. 

City: White / Claret / White

Walsall: Green, Red and White Trim / Green / Red

To purchase your ticket for the encounter, please CLICK HERE or visit the box office at the Utilita Energy Stadium. e-Tickets will be available right up until kick-off on Saturday September 4. 


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