The Bantams return to West Yorkshire this weekend in search of Mark Hughes’ first home win in charge, welcoming Scunthorpe United for a 3.00pm Sky Bet League Two clash.
Scunthorpe’s relegation to the National League was confirmed last Friday as a result of their 3-0 loss to Leyton Orient.
The Iron’s 72-year stay in the English Football League was ended after 42 games, during which they managed four victories.
City have failed to beat Scunthorpe in their last five meetings - four of which ended level, with the Iron winning the other.
We have put together an Opposition Guide to give you all the information you need to know ahead of our 44th league fixture of the season.
The Iron signed eight players in January, including former Rochdale starlet Luke Matheson on loan.
INCOMINGS: Sam Burns (Blackburn, loan), Luke Matheson (Wolves, loan), Tyrese Sinclair (Mansfield, loan), Liam Feeney (Tranmere), Anthony Grant (Swindon), Joe Nuttall (Blackpool), Rekeil Pyke (Shrewsbury, loan), Ryan Delaney (Morecambe, loan).
OUTGOINGS: Ryan Loft (Bristol Rovers), Harry Davis (AFC Fylde), Myles Hippolyte (Stockport), Devarn Green (Telford United), Emmanuel Onariase (Dagenham and Redbridge), Tyrone O’Neill (Darlington, loan), Harry Jessop (Farsley, loan), Cameron Wilson (Scarborough Athletic, loan), Alex Kenyon (free agent), Jake Scrimshaw (returned from loan), Harry Wood (returned from loan).
ONES TO WATCH
Matheson joined the club on loan from Premier League side Wolves, who he signed for in 2018.
The full-back rose to fame with a goal at Old Trafford for boyhood club Rochdale at the age of 16.
Since moving to Molyneux, Matheson has had four loan spells away from the club to gain experience - featuring more times for Scunthorpe than any other temporary home.
Former Huddersfield midfielder Harry Bunn netted his first goal for the Iron earlier this week.
The versatile 29-year-old is comfortable playing in the middle or on the flanks and boasts a wealth of experience in the EFL and the Premier League.
Bunn graduated from Manchester City’s academy and even scored against his former club when Huddersfield met them in the top flight.
One of the Iron’s deadline-day recruits, Joe Nuttall signed for an undisclosed fee from Sky Bet Championship side Blackpool.
Nuttall spent time on the Fylde coast after signing from Lancashire rivals Blackburn in 2019. The 25-year-old has scored twice for Scunny since his arrival.
Liam Feeney captains the side after Harry Davis’ departure in January, after signing in the same window from Tranmere.
Feeney has made over 300 appearances at club level throughout his career - featuring for a number of clubs across the country including Blackpool, Bolton and AFC Bournemouth.
The 34-year-old has never represented the same team for more than two seasons.
Keith Hill is the man in the dugout at Glanford Park, following the departure of Neil Cox who managed two wins in 15.
Hill has a wealth of managerial experience with over 700 matches in charge under his belt. The 52-year-old has achieved two promotions from Sky Bet League Two and spent 11 years in charge of Rochdale across two spells, keeping them in Sky Bet League One for five years in his second term.
During Hill's 16-year managerial career, he also took charge of hometown club Bolton Wanderers but could not help them avoid relegation from Sky Bet League One.
Scunthorpe 1 (Harry Bunn 75’)
Stevenage 1 (Jamie Reid 53’)
Scunthorpe: Rory Watson; Luke Matheson, Ryan Delaney (booked 47’), Ethan Young, Jai Rowe (booked 12’); Cameron Wilson (Harry Bunn 66’), Liam Feeney ©, Jack Moore-Billam, Dan Gallimore; Alfie Beestin (Harry Lewis 87’), Joe Nuttall (Jordan Hallam 65’). SUBS (not used): Anthony Grant, Finley Shrimpton, Owen Foster, Mason O’Malley.
City Wins: 20
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