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MATCH PREVIEW - A Yorkshire Derby to round off 2022

28 December 2022

Match Previews

MATCH PREVIEW - A Yorkshire Derby to round off 2022

28 December 2022

It's a small matter of a Yorkshire Derby for us this midweek as we return to Valley Parade for the first time since our FA Cup triumph last month. With the opportunity to make it four league wins in succession Simon Weaver's side will be looking to end the year on a high with all three points.

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Our opponents

This season we have faced tomorrow's hosts on two separate occasions. City running out victors in our league meeting with a narrow 2-1 victory at The EnviroVent. While a Matty Daly goal secured our progression to the FA Cup Second Round in early November.

While the defeat at The EnviroVent ended our 100% record against The Bantams, we still remain unbeaten in our away matches against City.

Currently, our Yorkshire rivals sit in ninth place in league 2 having been defeated three times in their last five matches.

The man in charge

The man in the opposing dugout is no stranger in English football. Former Manchester United and Barcelona star Mark Hughes joined Bradford in February of this year.

As a manager, Hughes has been in charge of several Premier League sides including Manchester City, Southampton and Fulham.

He has also played and managed the Welsh national side.

Recent history

Much of Bradford's recent history has been spent in the top two divisions of English football including two seasons in the Premier League under Paul Jewell at the turn of the century, the first of which saw them pull off ‘The Great Escape' as the survived relegation on the final day by defeating Liverpool at Valley Parade.

However, consecutive relegations saw them tumble through the divisions in the mid-2000's and although they made a return to League One, they were relegated back to the bottom division following the 2018/19 season.

Ones to watch

Scotland U21 international Scott Banks joined Bradford on a season-long loan deal from Crystal Palace in August and has scored three league goals and grabbed two assists this season.

Striker Andy Cook is one of the league leaders on the scoring chart with 16 goals so far this campaign.

Harry Chapman leads the way in assists for Bradford this season with three in the league.

Team news

Simon Weaver is preparing to line-up without Will Smith, Stephen Dooley, Rory McArdle and Kyle Ferguson.

However, there is hope that Alex Pattison will return to action after illness ruled him out of our Boxing Day victory over Grimsby.

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