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PREVIEW - We take a look at our local rivals Bradford City ahead of this weekend's Yorkshire derby

29 September 2022

Match Previews

PREVIEW - We take a look at our local rivals Bradford City ahead of this weekend's Yorkshire derby

29 September 2022

It's a Yorkshire derby this weekend as we take on near-neighbours Bradford City for a lunchtime clash at The Envirovent Stadium.

Simon Weaver and his side will be hoping to continue their run of form against the Bantams having won each of the four encounters so far since promotion to the EFL. 

Fixture Information

Our opponents

2022/23 is the Bantams fourth successive season in League Two following relegation at the end of the 2018/19 season.

They currently occupy the final playoff position at this early stage of the season, with 18 points from ten games.

Whilst they are unbeaten at home they have split their games so far on their travels, winning two and losing two so far – although they were victorious last time out away at Tranmere.

Previous meetings

Town will be aiming to preserve their 100% record against City on Saturday. Last season saw a pair of victories in February with a Jack Diamond brace sealing a 2-0 win at home before Town overturned an early deficit to run out 3-1 winners on the road with goals from Diamond, Warren Burrell and Lewis Page.

In 2020/21 a late winner from on loan Josh McPake earned maximum points at The Envirovent Stadium after Andy Cook had cancelled out Jack Muldoon's opener. Earlier in the season Lloyd Kerry won the game in front of the Sky TV cameras at Valley Parade.

The man in charge

City landed somewhat of a coup towards the end of last season when Mark Hughes was appointed to replace Derek Adams in February 2022.

It was the first time that Hughes had managed outside of the Premier League after previous spells with Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, Southampton and Stoke as well as managing the Welsh national side.

Hughes has won 12 of his 26 games in charge of the club to date.

Ones to watch

Striker Andy Cook has again begun the season in fine form, netting eight goals in the opening weeks of the season.

Former Hull midfielder Richard Smallwood will anchor the Bantams midfield whilst Jake Young, who signed from Forest Green Rovers at the start of the season, will provide creativity from a forward position.
Matt Platt, a summer arrival from Barrow, has immediately slotted into the defence and has been an ever present so far.

The club also have Kian Harratt in their ranks, who of course had a spell on loan at Town, and has made five appearances from the bench so far.

The club also added the deadline day loan signings of Dion Pereira from Luton and Tyreik Wright from Aston Villa, with Wright adding a goal and assist in just three appearances.

Recent history

Bradford have spent much of their recent history in the top two divisions of English football, spending 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, Simon Weaver and the lads will be looking to make a dent in the visitors early season promotion hopes and make home advantage count and come away with all three points.

Team news

Simon Weaver remains without Will Smith, Max Wright and George Thomson as they continue their recovery from injury.

George Horbury is again available for selection after completing his suspension.

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