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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: ROCHDALE v CITY

21 January 2022

The Bantams are on the road this Saturday with a trip to Greater Manchester to face Rochdale at 3.00pm in Sky Bet League Two.

Over 2,500 City supporters are set to make the trip across the Pennines as City look to make it three wins out of four this calendar year.

The two sides last met in October 2021, with City coming out on top in West Yorkshire after goals in each half from Alex Gilliead and Andy Cook secured all three points.

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: Abo Eisa continues his recovery from a hamstring injury and remains a long-term absentee.

New signing Matty Daly is in contention for his first start in City colours after joining the club this week.

Both Dion Pereira and Oscar Threlkeld are fit and available following their absence from last Saturday’s clash.

Rochdale: New signing Luke Charman is unavailable for selection, with the former Bradford (Park Avenue) striker serving the final two of a three-match ban.

Jimmy Keohane will continue his long-term absence from football after sustaining an injury last November.

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Derek Adams: “We are looking forward to it after a good win at home.

“We beat them when they came to us, but they are a good footballing side.

“They like to pass the ball around well and get it into the final third.

“We are taking a large following with us, which will make it a special occasion.”

Robbie Stockdale: “It will be a difficult game. I am sure Bradford will bring a lot of supporters.

“We need to get back to winning ways and it is a good opportunity to do that at home in front of our own fans.

“They are a strong team with a very experienced manager. They did a job on us at their place, they were savvy and stopped our threats, but we did create lots of opportunities.”

MATCH COVERAGE 

City supporters unable to make it 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 star Filipe Morais 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.

LAST TIME OUT

City took all three points from the reverse fixture in an impressive display.

Alex Gilliead’s first-half goal was doubled by an Andy Cook penalty late in the second half.

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Oscar Threlkeld, Liam Ridehalgh (booked 81’), Paudie O’Connor (booked 66’), Yann Songo’o; Callum Cooke, Andy Cook, Alex Gillead (booked 40’), Charles Vernam (Theo Robinson 82’); Elliot Watt, Levi Sutton (Gareth Evans 86’). SUBS (not used): Sam Hornby, Matthew Foulds, Fiacre Kelleher. 

GOALS: Alex Gilliead (37’), Andy Cook (75’ pen). 

ROCHDALE: Joel Coleman; Sam Graham, Eoghan O’Connell, Jeriel Dorsett, Aaron Morely; Stephen Dooley (Liam Kelly 70’), Corey O’Keeffe, Jimmy Keohane (Matt Done 84’), Jake Beesley; Danny Cashman, Abraham Odoh (Alex Newby 62’). SUBS (not used): Max Taylor, Jay Lynch, Conor Grant, George Broadbent.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Carl Brook will lead the fixture, his 18th of the season.

Brook's last time in charge of a City game came last season, leading the Bantams' 3-0 defeat to Salford City.

He will be joined by Richard Wigglesworth and Daniel Woodward on the flanks, with Kevin Mulraine acting as fourth official.

BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET

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 9/5.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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

KIT COLOURS

Both sides will represent their traditional colours for the fixture, with City in their Claret and Amber away kit while the hosts don their blue number.

Rochdale: Blue / Black / Black

Bantams: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

CLICK HERE to secure tickets for tomorrow's clash - before they go off sale at 4.00PM TODAY. 


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