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7 January 2022

Match Previews


7 January 2022

The Bantams are on the road this Saturday with a second trip to Cumbria in as many weeks - this time to face Carlisle United at 3.00pm in Sky Bet League Two.

The two sides sit seven points apart in the Sky Bet League Two table, with nine places between them.

The Blues will come into the clash full of confidence after two vital wins on the road against Stevenage and Scunthorpe. The results put three points between the Cumbrians and the relegation zone, with a game in hand on both opponents.

Meanwhile, City will be looking to continue their winning start to 2022, after the Bantams left Cumbria with three points on New Year’s Day - beating Barrow 2-1 after a three-week absence.

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 will miss the clash as he continues his recovery from the hamstring surgery he underwent before Christmas, and remains City's only long-term absentee.

Captain Niall Canavan has served his one-match suspension but is unavailable for the clash, according to Derek Adams.

New signing Dion Pereira will be available for selection after joining the club on Tuesday,

Carlisle: Zach Clough looks set to miss the clash after a recurring calf injury forced him off during The Blues' Emirates FA Cup clash with Shrewsbury.

New signings Omari Patrick, Tyrese Omotoye and Joel Senior will be at Keith Millen’s disposal, following their moves to Brunton Park this week.

Fellow former Bantams Callum Guy, Kelvin Mellor, Jordan Gibson, Joe Riley and Danny Devine are also likely to be involved. 


Derek Adams: “They had a good win last week away at Scunthorpe.

“I watched them at Harrogate. They played a strong side and performed really well.

“We will go there coming off a good victory. We want to continue our good form and keep winning games.

“Carlisle have a good pitch and we have got over 1,000 fans following us there, so it should be a good test.”


City supporters unable to make the trip to Brunton Park 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 2.00pm. 

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

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


The two sides last went toe-to-to in March 2021 when they met at Brunton Park.

The hosts took the lead in the first half, scoring two goals in two minutes to end the first period on a high. City were unable to respond in the second half as the hosts added a third through Offrande Zanzala who doubled his tally for the afternoon. 

Paudie O’Connor got City on the scoresheet in the 64th minute, but it was not enough to inspire a comeback as the hosts secured all three points.

CARLISLE: Paul Farman; George Tanner, Rhys Bennett, Rod McDonald, Joe Riley (Aaron Hayden 81’); Callum Guy (c), Jack Armer, Brennan Dickenson (Omari Patrick 89’) Jon Mellish; Lewis Alessandra, Offrande Zanzala (Gime Toure 77’). SUBS (not used): Magnus Norman, Nick Anderton, Taylor Charters, Ethan Walker.

GOALS: (Bennett 37’, Zanzala 39’, 56’).

CITY: Sam Hornby; Connor Wood, Niall Canavan, Paudie O’Connor ©, Anthony O’Connor; Elliot Watt (Jordan Stevens 67’), Levi Sutton (Kian Scales 78’); Ollie Crankshaw (Danny Rowe 45’), Gareth Evans, Charles Vernam (Billy Clarke 66’); Andy Cook. SUBS (not used): Richard O’Donnell, Clayton Donaldson, Finn Cousin-Dawson.

GOALS: (P O’Connor 64’).


Andy Haines will lead the fixture, his 20th of the season

Haines was in charge of the Bantams' clash with Bristol Rovers at the Utilita Energy Stadium earlier this season, a match which saw City concede a late equaliser from Brett Pitman in a 2-2 draw.

Mr Haines will be joined by Matthew Parry and Alan Clayton on the flanks, with Ivan Stankovic acting 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 7/4.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


Both sides will wear their traditional colours for the fixture, with City in their claret and amber away kit and the hosts in their blue number.

Carlisle: Blue / White / Blue 

Bantams: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

To purchase a £10 iFollow video match pass for tomorrow's clash, please CLICK HERE.

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