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Match Previews


1 February 2022

Match Previews


1 February 2022

City will be looking to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat to Crawley Town when welcoming Leyton Orient tonight in Sky Bet League Two, with kick-off set for 7.45pm.

The two sides went head-to-head at the Breyer Group Stadium where the hosts ran out 2-0 winners, ending City’s unbeaten start to the season in August.

Both sides suffered a loss in their weekend fixtures, but City find themselves in a better position - form wise - with the visitors winless in their last five outings.

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


City: Deadline-day signings Luke Hendrie and Nathan Delfouneso will not be available for City as their paperwork was not lodged until after the deadline which makes them eligible to play the next day. 

Derek Adams is hopeful of having Liam Ridehalgh and Elliot Watt at his disposal after their respective injuries.

Oscar Threlkeld is available despite limping out of City’s warm-up on Saturday, but Charles Vernam will miss the fixture after injuring his hamstring.

Abo Eisa and Lee Angol continue their recovery from respective hamstring injuries, and so will be missing. 

Orient: Paul Smyth, who recently returned from injury, will be unavailable for the clash after coming off injured against Mansfield.

Theo Archibald returned to action this weekend and should be fit to play at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

George Ray could make a late push for the clash after joining the club on loan from Exeter. 


Derek Adams: “We have to start killing teams off. I have looked at too many games this season where I have been hugely disappointed that we have drawn games.

“It is something we have to understand going into the game. We will have to deal with their threats but have to cause them problems.

“We have had to deal with goal-scorers this season. We had to do it against Matt and Stevens at Forest Green, and McKirdy and Simpson at Swindon.

“We have got a group of players that want to do well and want to be successful.”

Kenny Jackett: “We have some tough away games coming up, like Bradford.

“Those are the best games but we need to keep working hard to find a winning equation.

“It has been a difficult last few matches and we are still in a good position for the second half of the season.”


City supporters unable to make the trip to the Utilita Energy 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 7.00pm. 

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

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.


The hosts took all three points in the return fixture, forcing City to make the long journey home empty handed.

Two second-half goals for The O’s ended City’s unbeaten start to the season at The Breyer Group Stadium. 

Ruel Sotiriou and Harry Smith were the names on the scoresheet in August, with the latter scoring his third goal of the season. 

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Finn Cousin-Dawson  (Oliver Crankshaw 63’), Paudie O’Connor (Fiacre Kelleher 84’), Niall Canavan ©, Liam Ridehalgh; Yann Songo’o (booked 87’), Elliot Watt (Caolan Lavery 63’), Callum Cooke (booked 75’), Charles Vernam; Alex Gilliead, Andy Cook. SUBS (not used): Sam Hornby (GK), Matthew Foulds, Gareth Evans, Kian Scales. 

ORIENT: Lawrence Vigouroux; Tom James (booked 28’), Connor Wood, Dan Happe, Craig Clay; Harry Smith, Theo Archibald, Darren Pratley (C), Omar Beckles; Ruel Sotiriou (Tyrese Omotoye 77’), Hector Kyprianou. SUBS (not used): Rhys Byrne, Dan Kemp, Anthony Papadopoulos, Jayden Sweeney, Shad Ogie, Dan Nkrumah. 

GOALS: Ruel Sotiriou (66’), Harry Smith (82’). 


Darren Handley will lead the fixture, only his fifth of the season.

Handley last took charge of a City game at the start of the 2019/20 season, refereeing our 2-1 loss away to Crewe.

Mr Handley will be joined by Wayne Grunnill and Abbas Khan on the flanks, with Paul Graham acting as fourth official.


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

Bantams fans can flutter on Derek Adams’ side to win the tie at 13/10.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


City will wear their white 2021/22 home kit for the fixture, with the visitors in grey.

Bantams: White / Claret / Claret

Orient: Grey / Grey / Grey

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