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Bradford City vs. Latics

Emirates FA Cup Second Round

27 November 2020

Latics travel to Valley Parade for the second time already this season as they look to progress into the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Harry Kewell’s men will go into the game high on confidence with back-to-back wins in Sky Bet League Two before the important cup clash which is Latics' third consecutive fixture on the road in the space of seven days.

Last time out, a brace from Danny Rowe and goals from Ben Garrity and Conor McAleny saw Latics outscore Barrow in a seven-goal thriller at Holker Street.

Form Guide

Bradford come into the game on the back of a sticky run of form. They have lost their last two league games against Leyton Orient and Salford City without registering a goal.

They have also had a difficult start to the season and have won 13 points from the opening 13 games, a return that puts them in 20th place in the league, three places and four points worse off than Latics.

The Bantams’ last six:

  1. Leyton Orient 1-0 Bradford City
  2. Salford City 3-0 Bradford City
  3. Bradford City 2-2 Exeter City
  4. Bradford City 1-3 Oldham Athletic (EFL Trophy)
  5. Tonbridge 0-7 Bradford City (FA Cup)
  6. Bradford City 3-0 Southend United

Head-to-Head

Meetings: 113

Latics wins: 46
Bradford City wins: 34
Draws: 33

For: 169
Against: 141

Latics have won both of the previous two encounters against Bradford and have won five of the last six games between the two clubs who are the most common opponent for each in recent history.

The last of those was earlier this month when goals from Davis Keilor-Dunn and a late double from Alfie McCalmont ensured that Latics finished their Papa John's Trophy group with maximum points.

Team News

Taking place at Valley Parade behind-closed-doors, Latics will travel across to West Yorkshire once more to play a familiar opponent in front of the cameras.

In terms of selection, Head Coach Harry Kewell has some defensive players returning from injury.

Harry Clarke and Brice Ntambwe are now available for selection.

Zak Dearnley is still getting to full fitness, whilst Andrea Badan remains on the treatment table for a few more weeks due to his hamstring injury, alongside defender Kyle Jameson who is out for over a month with the same treatment.

Watch Out For

Once again, Clayton Donaldson is likely to lead the line for the Bantams.

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The 36 year-old joined Bradford City in June 2019 and arrived with an impressive pedigree in the Football League.

The journeyman forward boasts impressive goal scoring records with Crewe Alexandra, Brentford, Birmingham City.

Donaldson has also played for Hull City, Harrogate Town, Scarborough, Halifax Town, York City, Hibernian, Sheffield United and Bolton Wanderers.

He also has experience at international level, representing Jamaica 10 times, finding the back of the net two times.

Cup Run

Both sides came into the competition in the first round and have only had to see off one opposition to get to this stage.

Bradford enjoyed a comfortable opening game in the competition as they put seven past Tonbridge Angels without reply to book their place in the hat.

24 hours later, Latics had a more difficult game against Hampton and Richmond but ultimately had too much quality for their non-league opposition and won 3-2.

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The game will be played to a conclusion on the day. This means if it is a draw after 90-minutes, extra-time and then penalties, if needed, will decide the winner.

Kick-off is scheduled for 3pm on Saturday 28 November with £25,500 of the FA's prize pot going to the victors, the losers receiving £8,500.

FA Cup History

Our opposition have also enjoyed some great days in the FA Cup with one of the most notable wins coming at Stamford Bridge in 2015.

Goals from Gary Cahill and Ramires had given Chelsea a 2-0 lead and had looked to keep their dream of the quadruple alive.

However, a miraculous comeback from the Bantams saw one of the most famous ‘giant-killings’ of recent times.

Veteran striker Jon Stead halved the deficit not long before the break and former Oldham player Filipe Morais restored parity with 75 minutes on the clock.

Andy Halliday put the visitors in front and Mark Yeates wrapped it up in stoppage time to send the 6000 strong following fans away happy and also securing qualification to the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in 18 years.

In The Dugout

Stuart McCall is the man in the dugout for the hosts after signing a one-year contract extension yesterday.

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McCall is currently in his third permanent spell at Valley Parade and has also had a stint as caretaker manager with the club.

The 56 year-old spent the majority of his playing career with Bradford City two across two separate spells.

In addition, his playing career also saw him turn out for Everton, Rangers and Sheffield United as well as representing Scotland 40 times.

McCall has also taken charge of Motherwell, Rangers and Scunthorpe United in his managerial career.

Stadium

Valley Parade

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Capacity: 25,136
Built in: 1886
Record Attendance: 39,146 V Burnley in 1911.
Has also hosted: Mannignham RFC (1886-1903), Bradford Park Avenue (1973-74), Bradford Bulls (2001-2002)

Valley Parade is the second biggest stadium in League Two and is one of three to have hosted Premier League football along with the University of Bolton Stadium and Boundary Park.

Match Officials

The man in the middle for the knockout fixture will be Martin Coy.

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The League Two official has taken charge of nine games this season, handing out 23 yellow cards and two reds.

His last game involving Latics was just over a month ago when he was in charge for the 2-1 home defeat to Port Vale.

He officiated the Bantams at the start of the season in their Carabao Cup victory at Bolton.

He will be assisted by Matthew Bristow and Joe Simpson with Lewis Smith as the fourth official.

Sky Bet Odds

Bradford are 13/10 favourites to progress into the third round whilst Latics are at 9/5 to make it three wins on the road in a week.

It is 12/5 for the scores to be level after 90 minutes.

You can get odds of 22/1 for a repeat of the 3-1 Latics win in the Papa John's Trophy.

Please gamble responsibly by clicking here. For more information visit: www.begambleaware.org

How To Follow The Game

Because the game is still classed as behind-closed-doors, supporters can tune in live after the fixture was selected for live single-camera broadcast through the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport online digital platforms.

A match pass live stream from iFollow isn't available as a result due to the rights holders. The FA live broadcast fee for these fixtures is £12,500 per club.

Instead, an audio commentary pass is still available for subscribers through the iFollow Latics service for the fee of £2.50.

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

Visit the Live Match Centre to access form guides, live text commentary and live access to the match on iFollow

Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown will be talking you through the action on the road as usual.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.


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