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11 February 2022

Match Previews


11 February 2022

The Bantams are back at the Utilita Energy Stadium this weekend, fresh off a midweek victory away at Stevenage, against Exeter City.

Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two clash will mark the fifth time the two sides have met this season: the initial league match was followed by an Emirates FA Cup clash, a replay and a subsequent ‘replay replay’.

While the two sides have become well acquainted this season, the Bantams are yet to get the better of the Grecians across the four fixtures, playing out two draws, an Exeter win and one that never was.

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


City: Charles Vernam will miss the clash after picking up an injury against Crawley Town, while Dion Pereira remains sidelined by a calf injury. Both are expected to return to training next week.

Liam Ridehalgh should be available despite an enforced change during the week.

Abo Eisa and Lee Angol will continue their long-term absence from the matchday squad due to their respective hamstring injuries.

Exeter: Alex Hartridge will continue his long-term absence from Matt Taylor’s side after sustaining ligament damage in his knee back in December.

Former City midfielder Tim Dieng could also be involved, while in-form Cheick Diabaté is expected to start.


Derek Adams: “We have played them a lot of times this season, in the FA Cup and the league - from that point we know each other well.

“We have added to our squad since we played them and so have they. We have come off a good victory at Stevenage and they’ve done well to win at home to Leyton Orient.

“They are an interesting group from the point of view that they played a 3-4-1-2 for the majority of the season, then twice they changed at home to play 4-3-2-1 against us.

“They can change systems quite a bit but they have the personnel to do that. 

“The squad have been in good spirits, but today is about getting them ready for Saturday. They are refreshed and in a good mood.”

Matt Taylor: "We know how difficult Saturday will be, but we want to produce our best display.

"There is a slightly different look to the opposition since the last time we met - I think they've made seven signings in January - but our side won't look too dissimilar.

"They've added some very good players to their squad."


City supporters unable to make the trip 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 former City midfielder Filipe Morias 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.


Exeter ran out victors in the two sides' last meeting - the final of the three Emirates FA Cup clashes.

Lee Angol put the visitors ahead inside 15 minutes, though two second-half goals saw Exeter progress to the next round. 

EXETER: Cameron Dawson; Sam Stubbs (George Ray 68’), Josh Key, Timothee Dieng (c), Kyle Taylor (Archie Collins 56’), Jevani Brown (Jonathan Grounds 90’), Colin Daniel, Harry Kite, Owura Edwards (Matt Jay 68’), Josh Coley (Sam Nombe 68’), Alex Hartridge. SUBS (not used): Scott Brown, Jake Caprice, Jack Sparkes, Sonny Cox.

GOALS: Dieng (51’), Ray (81’). 

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Oscar Threlkeld (Finn Cousin-Dawson 89’), Paudie O’Connor (booked 76’), Niall Canavan (c) (booked 85’), Liam Ridehalgh; Levi Sutton (Theo Robinson 86’), Yann Songo’o, Elliot Watt (booked 90+1’); Callum Cooke (Matthew Foulds 89’), Lee Angol (Gareth Evans 89’), Alex Gilliead. SUBS (not used): Sam Hornby, Fiacre Kelleher.

GOALS: Lee Angol (11’).


Ross Joyce will take charge of the clash at The Utilita Energy Stadium, in what will be his 24th of the season.

Joyce last took charge of a Bantams game when they clashed with Swindon Town in the West Country. City took all three points on that occasion thanks to goals from Caolan Lavery and Levi Sutton, topped off by a Theo Robinson stunner.

Paul Newhouse and Daniel Woodward will run the lines, while Trevor Kettle will complete the set as Fourth Official.


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

Bantams fans can flutter on Derek Adams’ side to win the tie at 29/20.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


The Bantams will don their white home strip at the Utilita Energy Stadium, while the visitors will wear their pink and black away kit.

Bantams: White / Claret / Amber 

Exeter: Black and Fluro Pink / Black / Fluro Pink

To secure your place tomorrow - at a discounted rate - please CLICK HERE BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. 

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