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A closer look: Bradford City v Walsall

29 September 2023

Club News

A closer look: Bradford City v Walsall

29 September 2023

The Saddlers are back on the road tomorrow with a trip to Bradford City in Sky Bet League Two.

Mat Sadler’s side will be looking to get back to winning ways against Mark Hughes’ Bantams.

Here is more information and a closer look at tomorrow’s contest.

 

TICKETS

Tickets for tomorrow’s match are no longer on sale from the Poundland Bescot Stadium and our e-ticketing site.

Tickets will be available on the day but please note there will be NO cash sales at the University of Bradford Stadium.

Supporters looking to buy tickets at Bradford on the day can do so by scanning the large QR code which is located on the wall next to the away turnstiles on Midland Road.

Collections will also be from the away turnstiles located on Midland Road. Bradford have requested that supporters do not attend the Ticket Office on the day.

 

IFOLLOW

Tomorrow’s match will not be available to stream live on iFollow in the UK but is available to international supporters.

Audio commentary is available for just £2.50.

Buy now here.

 

FROM THE DUGOUT

Mat Sadler: “They’ll fancy themselves to be up there this season and rightly so, they had a really good season last season and they’ve got a really experienced manager, some fantastically experienced players and some gifted football players so it will be a tough afternoon but we go there trying to impose ourselves on the game, with the confidence and belief that we can do that.”

Mark Hughes: “We are going into the game against Walsall off the back of two good performances. Obviously, the performance against Newport was very good, but I thought we put up a good fight on Tuesday night as well. There is a feeling within the group that we can have a period where we can get some consistency and put a good run of results together.”

 

TEAM NEWS

Mat Sadler revealed that the injury Priestley Farquharson picked up last week isn’t as bad as first feared but his condition will be assessed. David Okagbue is out injured while Taylor Allen is suspended. Jack Earing and Rollin Menayese remain sidelined.

Tom Knowles is back available after he served a one-match ban last week.

As for Bradford, Alex Pattison returned as a substitute against Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup this week. Former Saddler Andy Cook also made his return from injury away at Newport County last weekend, scoring a hat-trick. Vadaine Oliver and Harry Chapman are working their way back from injuries.

 

FORM GUIDE

Last six matches

BRADFORD

26 SEP – Bradford 0-2 Middlesbrough – L - CC

23 SEP - Newport 1-4 Bradford – W – L2

16 SEP – Bradford 1-1 Harrogate – D – L2

09 SEP – Bradford 1-1 Grimsby – D – L2

02 SEP – Mansfield 0-0 Bradford – D – L2

29 AUG – Wrexham 1-1 Bradford (3-4 pens) – W - CC

 

WALSALL

23 SEP – Walsall 1-3 AFC Wimbledon – L - L2

16 SEP – Swindon 2-0 Walsall L – L2

09 SEP – Salford 1-2 Walsall – W – L2

02 SEP – Walsall 1-0 Colchester – W – L2

26 Aug – Walsall 1-1 Grimsby – D – L2

22 Aug – Walsall 2-3 Brighton U21s – L – EFLT

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Walsall and Bradford City have met 56 times in total.

The Bantams have the upper hand with 19 victories compared to Walsall’s 14 but there have been 23 draws.

The 23rd draw came in the most recent meeting at the Poundland Bescot Stadium, a goalless affair back in early March.

In the corresponding fixture, despite dominating the first half, the Saddlers found themselves 2-0 down thanks to goals from Andy Cook and Jake Young. Donervon Daniels pulled one back in the second half but it wasn’t enough as the visitors fell to a 2-1 defeat just over a year ago.

Hughes’ side are unbeaten in 12 at home, stretching back to last season and have a good home record against the Saddlers with our last victory at the University of Bradford Stadium coming back in March 2014 thanks to Craig Westcarr’s brace.


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