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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: COLCHESTER v CITY

17 April 2022

The Bantams will make the long trip to Essex on Easter Monday to face Colchester United in a 3.00pm Sky Bet League Two clash.

City will be looking to earn their first victory this month when they travel to the JobServe Community Stadium.

Positive performances against promotion contenders Northampton and Tranmere will give the Bantams confidence, heading into a clash with a team outside the top half.

The U’s have likewise enjoyed decent results against the high-flyers having beaten City’s Good Friday opponent just last month.

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

TEAM NEWS

City: Elliot Watt will serve his one-match suspension in Essex having collected a double booking on Good Friday. 

Gareth Evans is in line to make his 600th senior career appearance at the JobServe Community Stadium, while Lee Angol will be pushing for a start after two substitute appearances. 

Abo Eisa is edging closer to a return from a hamstring injury, and Levi Sutton could return from an abdominal problem which has kept him out ofn the past two games. 

Colchester: Sam Hornby will not be available for selection against his parent club.

Dean Gerken, whose long-term injury caused Hornby’s signing, is also out.

Ryan Clampin will likely miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury picked up last year.

Owura Edwards could be in contention for the fixture having missed the last four.

MATCH COVERAGE 

City supporters unable to make the trip to the JobServe Community Stadium will be able to catch the game live on IFollow.

The pass - available for £10 - will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with build-up beginning from 1.30pm. 

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

BBC Radio Leeds’ Jamie Raynor will provide live commentary on DAB radio across the Bradford district, and via the BBC Sounds app.

LAST TIME OUT

The side’s played out a 0-0 draw on a cold night in December in what proved to be the Bantams’ penultimate game of 2021.

Injuries to Charles Vernam and Andy Cook left City depleted in the top half of the pitch and were unable to find a goal.

Current U’s loanee Sam Hornby was between the sticks for City at the Utilita Energy Stadium, but will have to watch from the stands as his two employers do battle on Monday.

CITY: Sam Hornby; Oscar Threlkeld, Paudie O’Connor, Niall Canavan ©, Liam Ridehalgh; Yann Songo’o (Gareth Evans 77’), Elliot Watt (booked 85’), Levi Sutton, Alex Gilliead (Caolan Lavery 83’); Lee Angol, Theo Robinson (Callum Cooke 63’). SUBS (not used): Richard O’Donnell (GK), Finn Cousin-Dawson, Fiacre Kelleher, Matthew Foulds. 

COLCHESTER: Jake Turner; Junior Tchamadeu, Luke Chambers, Tommy Smith © (booked 87’), Charlie Daniels; Cole Skuse, Noah Chilvers (booked 77’), Sylvester Jasper (Brendan Wiredu 41’), Alan Judge (Luke Hannant 79’); Armando Dobra (Cameron Coxe 79’), Freddie Sears. SUBS (not used): Dean Gerken, Shawn McCoulsky, Samson Tovide, Frankie Terry. 

MATCH OFFICIALS

Darren Handley is the man in the middle for the clash, his 15th of the season. 

Handley’s last game in charge of the Bantams came earlier this year, during their 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient.

He will be joined by Greg Read and Kevin Howick on the flanks, with Danny Bonneywell acting as fourth official.

BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET

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

Bantams fans can flutter on Mark Hughes’ side to win the tie at 7/4.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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

KIT COLOURS

The hosts will wear their blue home kit, with the travelling Bantams in claret and amber.

Bantams: Claret and Amber / Black / Black 

Colchester: Blue / Blue / White

To purchase an iFollow video match pass ahead of City's Easter Monday trip to Colchester United, please CLICK HERE

To secure your 'Own The Moment' 2022/23 season ticket, please CLICK HERE


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