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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: CITY v NEWPORT

25 March 2022

The Bantams are back at the Utilita Energy Stadium this Saturday, with a visit from Newport County for a Sky Bet League Two clash set for 3.00pm.

It was a stalemate when the sides met in October last year, with neither team able to break the deadlock despite a large share of chances.

Both sides will be looking at the clash as a chance to bounce back from defeats last weekend, having both won their two previous clashes beforehand.

The Exiles suffered a dent to their promotion charge when they welcomed Hartlepool last Friday, with City unable to take anything from Port Vale, piling pressure on the North Walian side.

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: Tom Elliott has suffered a further injury setback, rendering him unavailable for the clash.

Alex Gilliead and Elliot Watt are in contention for Saturday, though, after returning to full training.

Abo Eisa and Lee Angol continue to train with the squad in their recovery from hamstring injuries, but remain long-term absentees. 

Newport: Courtney Senior will not be available for the clash, but may be fit before the end of the season.

Courtney Baker-Richardson and Josh Pask will both remain sidelined by hamstring injuries.

Priestley Farqhuharson will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury, though former Bantam and Newport skipper Matty Dolan is in line to play. 

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Mark Hughes: “They have been a good team for a number of years now.

“I was at their play-off final against Wrexham when they got into the EFL, as a Wrexham fan.

“All the teams we have faced, and will face between now and the end of the season, have something to play for. There has not been any easy games, and there will not be many.”

MATCH COVERAGE 

For the City supporters unable to make it to the Utilita Energy Stadium, you can catch the game on iFollow for £10 with a video match pass. 

The pass - available for £10 - will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with build-up beginning from 1.30pm.

If not, you 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 skipper Gary Jones will provide live commentary through DAB radio frequencies across Bradford, as well as on Freeview channel 719 and the BBC Sounds app.

To purchase an iFollow video match pass, please CLICK HERE

LAST TIME OUT

The sides played out a stalemate when meeting at Rodney Parade in October, with neither side able to find the winning touch.

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Oscar Threlkeld (Theo Robinson 45’), Paudie O’Connor (booked 45’), Yann Songo’o, Liam Ridehalgh; Elliot Watt (booked 81’), Levi Sutton, Callum Cooke, Alex Gilliead, Charles Vernam (Gareth Evans 66’); Andy Cook. SUBS (not used): Abo Eisa, Matthew Foulds, Fiacre Kelleher, Reece Staunton, Kian Scales.

COUNTY: Joe Day; James Clarke, Matthew Dolan, Mickey Demetriou; Cameron Norman, Robbie Wilmott, Edward Upson (Finn Azaz 45’), Oliver Cooper (booked 71’, Alex Fisher), Ryan Haynes; Dom Telford, Courtney Baker-Richardson (booked 90’). SUBS (not used): Nick Townsend, Kevin Ellison, Aaron Lewis, Jake Cain, Timmy Abraham.

MATCH OFFICIALS

Marc Edwards is the man in the middle tonight, his 23rd of the season. 

Edwards has been in charge at the Utilita Energy Stadium on two occasions already this season, leading City’s two draws against Forest Green and Colchester.

He will be joined by Simon Clayton and Anthony Moore on the flanks, with Declan Bourne 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 Mark Hughes’ 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. 

KIT COLOURS

City will wear their 2021/22 white home strip, while the visitors will don an all-teal number.

Bantams: White / Claret / White

Newport: Teal / Teal / Teal

To secure discounted tickets for tomorrow's clash - BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT - please CLICK HERE


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