THE MATCH PREVIEW: Vs BRADFORD CITY THE MATCH PREVIEW: Vs BRADFORD CITY
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THE MATCH PREVIEW: Vs BRADFORD CITY

This coming Tuesday, Walsall pay a visit to Valley Parade to take on Bradford City in Sky Bet League One.
This coming Tuesday, Walsall pay a visit to Valley Parade to take on Bradford City in Sky Bet League One;

Walsall go into the game on the back of their third consecutive 1-1 draw, this time with third-placed Leyton Orient. The Reds are winless in ten, having last tasted victory on 25th January against Notts County.

Walsall will welcome back right-back Ben Purkiss who missed the weekends draw with Leyton Orient through suspension.

Thirteenth-placed Bradford, head into the game on a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Shrewsbury Town, the Shrews struck late on to snatch all three points on Saturday afternoon. The Bantams have won just on of their five previous league games in March, picking up just four points in the process.

Bradford are without injured midfielder Nathan Doyle following the first-half groin injury he picked up in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Shrewsbury Town.


Winger Raffaele De Vita could make his first appearance since mid-December following a hip/groin problem.

In-terms of head-to-head Bradford City hold a slight lead, with twelve wins to The Saddlers' eleven, there have also been fifteen draws throughout the fixtures history, the first encounter, which resulted in a 3-3 draw, taking place on 7th January 1922 in an FA Cup First Round tie.

Walsall will be keen to avenge a 2-0 defeat at Banks's Stadium, which took place in October, Kyel Reid and James Hanson getting the goals for the Bantams.

Previous five results:
11 Dec '04 Bradford City v Walsall    1-1     League One
26 Feb '05 Walsall v Bradford City    1-1     League One
28 Dec '05 Bradford City v Walsall    2-0     League One
25 Mar '06 Walsall v Bradford City    2-2     League One
05 Oct '13 Walsall v Bradford City    0-2     League One

Tuesday evenings referee is scheduled to be Keith Stroud, who is based in Hampshire. Referee Stroud has officiated over thirty-one games in various competitions, where he has issued one-hundred and thirty-nine yellow and seven red cards. He has also awarded seven penalties.

Paul Graham and Simon Mather are set to be running the lines, whilst Matthew Dicicco is set to be fourth official.
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