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Match Previews


15 March 2022

Match Previews


15 March 2022

The Bantams travel to Victoria Park this evening to face Hartlepool United, with City looking to make it two wins from two away games under Mark Hughes.

The Sky Bet League Two clash is set to kick-off at 7.45pm and the Bantams will be looking to earn back-to-back victories for the first time since August last year.

In the reverse fixture, Pools ended City’s unbeaten run at the Utilita Energy Stadium with a 3-1 victory and an impressive away performance.

The Monkey Hangers have lost just two of their 13 games since the turn of the year and have comfortably bedded into life back in the EFL.

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


City: Alex Gilliead is a doubt for tonight having been withdrawn with an ankle issue against Forest Green. 

Tom Elliott and Charles Vernam joined training for the first time this week, with Mark Hughes hopeful of their return in the coming weeks.

Matty Daly has returned to Huddersfield for the time being to have an injury assessed, while Dion Pereira and Jamie Walker could feature again, having returned from injury on Saturday.

Hartlepool: The Monkey Hangers boast a fully fit squad, but a fixture heavy schedule could see rotation.


Mark Hughes: “They look a good side. We have gone through a bit of analysis with the guys today.

“They like to play from the back, as do a lot of teams. It is about making sure the possession you get in the deeper areas is effective.

“They have got good ability in key areas which we will talk about. There are a lot of good players at this level.


City supporters unable to make the trip to Victoria 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 6.00pm. 

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

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


The return fixture was also played out on a Tuesday night, with tonight’s hosts coming out victorious.

It was not long since the first whistle that City took their second kick-off of the evening after former Bantam Mark Cullen put the Monkey Hangers in front inside one minute.

Cullen doubled his tally for the evening just shy of the hour mark, but a goal from Paudie O’Connor had City hopeful of earning something from the game.

The Bantams threw everything forward in the closing stages of the match, but a Pools counter-attack put the game to bed when Yann Songo’o turned the ball into his own net.

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Oscar Threlkeld (Finn Cousin-Dawson 61’), Paudie O’Connor ©, Yann Songo’o, Callum Cooke (booked 69’); Andy Cook, Alex Gilliead (Caolan Lavery 61’), Matthew Foulds, Charles Vernam; Elliot Watt (Theo Robinson 76’), Levi Sutton (booked 88’). SUBS (not used): Niall Canavan, Fiacre Kelleher, Gareth Evans, Kian Scales. 

GOALS: O’Connor (72’).

HARTLEPOOL: Ben Killip; Jamie Sterry, David Ferguson, Mark Shelton, Nicky Featherstone © ; Mark Cullen (Joe Grey 70’), Luke Molyneux (Reagan Ogle 89’), Gavan Holohan (Mike Fondop-Talom 85’), Neil Byrne; Luke Hendrie, Matty Daly. SUBS (not used): Jonathan Mitchell, Timi Odusina, Eddy Jones, Tom Crawford. 

GOALS: Cullen (1’, 59’), Songo’o (90’ OG).


Jeremy Simpson is the man in the middle tonight, his 27th of the season. 

Simpson’s last game in charge of a Bantams game came at the start of the season, leading City’s defeat to Salford at the Peninsula Stadium.

He will be joined by Simon Mather and Mark Dwyer on the flanks, with Jonathan Hunt acting as fourth official.


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

Bantams fans can flutter on Mark Hughes’ side to win the tie at 19/10.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

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


City will wear their traditional claret and amber colours, with the hosts in blue and white.

Bantams: Claret and Amber / Black / Black

Hartlepool: Blue and White / Blue / White 

To purchase an iFollow video match pass for tonight's clash, and ensure you do not miss a minute of the action, please CLICK HERE

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