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Match Previews


1 April 2022

Match Previews


1 April 2022

The Bantams travel to The Memorial Stadium this Saturday to face Bristol Rovers in a 3.00pm Sky Bet League Two clash.

Last weekend’s shock defeat to Carlisle United has further ramped up tension in the race for promotion, with the Gas now one of five teams on 63 points.

Mark Hughes will be hoping to add to the Bristolians' misery by continuing his fine form on the road, having won both of his away trips with the Bantams.

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


City: Abo Eisa and Lee Angol are making strides in their rehabilitation, with Mark Hughes hopeful of their return before the end of the season.

Tom Elliott remains sidelined with the injury he picked up against Harrogate Town, and is the Bantams' only long-term absentee.

Bristol Rovers: Antony Evans is in contention to start after missing last weekend’s clash due to a slight injury.

Nick Anderton is a doubt for the clash after suffering a knock during training.


Mark Hughes: “That was a setback for them last weekend.

“They are a good footballing side. Joey has gone there and has clearly made an impression on the way they play.

“They get it down and want to play out from the back. They have good threats at the top end of the pitch.

“It is not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination. The confidence they have got comes from winning games will make it doubly difficult.

“I still feel excited by it, I feel it is another test to measure where we are up to at the moment and we will take it for that.”


City supporters unable to make it to The Memorial 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 former City skipper Gary Jones 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 side’s played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Utilita Energy Stadium last year, with the visitors striking late to snatch a point.

Charles Vernam put City in the driving seat just before half-time, but Alfie Kilgour’s 48th-minute strike levelled the scores.

Andy Cook struck but a minute after Kilgour’s equaliser, restoring City’s advantage with a thunderous effort into the roof of the net.

The Bantams were in charge until the final stages of the game, when substitute Brett Pitman rose highest to convert Antony Evans’ cross and steal a point from West Yorkshire.

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Oscar Threlkeld, Liam Ridehalgh (Matty Foulds 30’), Paudie O’Connor ©, Yann Songo’o; Callum Cooke, Andy Cook, Alex Gilliead, Charles Vernam; Elliot Watt (Kian Scales 81’), Levi Sutton. SUBS (not used): Niall Canavan, Fiacre Kelleher, Theo Robinson, Finn Cousin-Dawson, Caolan Lavery. 

GOALS: Charles Vernam 41’, Andy Cook 49’.

BRISTOL ROVERS: James Belshaw; Alfie Kilgour, Aaron Collins, Paul Coutts © (booked 25’, Sam Nicholson 59’), Connor Taylor; Nick Anderton, Harry Anderson, Antony Evans, Harvey Saunders (booked 4’, Brett Pitman 22’); Glenn Whelan, Luca Hoole (Luke Thomas 45’). SUBS (not used): Jed Ward, Zain Westbrooke, Pablo Martinez, Trevor Clarke.

GOALS: Alfie Kilgour 48’, Brett Pitman 90’.


Neil Hair is the man in the middle tomorrow afternoon, his 26th of the season. 

Hair has refereed one match at The Memorial Stadium this season - the Gas’ exhilarating 4-3 win against Sky Bet League One side Oxford in the Emirates FA Cup.

He will be joined by Mark Derrien and Garry Maskell on the flanks, with Michael Begley acting as fourth official.


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

Bantams fans can flutter on Mark Hughes’ side to win the tie at 13/5.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


Both clubs will wear their traditional colours for the clash, with the hosts in blue and white and City in their Claret and Amber away strip.

Bantams: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

Bristol Rovers: Blue and White / White / Blue

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