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PREVIEW | Bradford (H)

12 October 2018

Accrington Stanley will be looking to make it a hat-trick of home wins in League One tomorrow when they host Bradford City at the Wham Stadium.

After 12 games the Reds are seventh in the table, just one point off the Play-Off places, and are unbeaten in their five home league games.

Bradford have just two away wins in their last 16 league games, both by a 1-0 scoreline, against Shrewsbury Town and AFC Wimbledon.

Stanley have lost just one of their last 11 meetings with Bradford in all competitions, winning four and drawing six, but this did come the last time the sides met in league action - in League Two back in December 2012.

Manager John Coleman is unbeaten in his last ten meetings with Bradford in all competitions, with five wins and five draws, with his sides conceding only six goals in that spell.

Since winning their first two league visits to Stanley in January and October 2008, the Bantams are without a win away against the Reds in four visits, drawing once and losing three times, and scoring just one goal in those four matches combined.

Ticket News

The Reds will be celebrating their 50th Birthday bash at this fixture, with live pre-match music in the Redz Bar Marquee FanZone from Furious Styles between 1230pm-2pm and The Stans performing live post-match between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

There will also be the 50th Birthday Party Happy Hours between 12pm and 2pm and for one hour post-match, or Winners Hour (subject to the result).

A valid matchday ticket is required to enter the Redz Bar Marquee FanZone, where both Stanley supporters and Bradford City supporters are invited to share a beer, burger and live music in the heated marquee.

The 50th Birthday game will also see the first official use of the new Eric Whalley Stand sponsored by Studio.co.uk for both home and away supporters.

Tickets for this game are priced at:

£20 Adults

£15 Concessions

£10 12-17 year olds

£5 Under 12s*

*Please note all Under 12s must be accompanied by a full paying adult / concession

Team News

Stanley will be without goalkeeper Connor Ripley following his sending off last weekend against Shrewsbury. The Middlesbrough loanee begins a three match suspension after the club's appeal against the length of his ban was rejected.

Seamus Conneely and Harvey Rodgers are still a couple of weeks away from returning to full fitness, with groin and knee injuries respectively.

John Coleman said in his pre-match press conference: "We lost the game on Saturday, and you can point to 101 different reasons why, but the harsh reality is that [Shrewsbury] scored and we didn't.

"There are things we have to improve on and we'll continue to try and improve.

"We've watched Bradford play and as I say every week it's going to be a difficult game, because every game you play is difficult in the EFL. There are no easy games and it certainly won't be easy on Saturday."

Bradford midfielder Sean Scannell begins a three-match ban following his red card in their defeat by Sunderland.

Alex Jones and Josh Wright could be set to return for the Bantams, while Jake Reeves, Adam Chicksen, Hope Akpan and Ben Wilson have all returned to light training this week.

Match Officials

Referee - Kevin Johnson

Assistant Referee 1 - Richard Wild

Assistant Referee 2 - Ian Dudley

Fourth Official - Matthew Donohue


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