Match Preview: v Bradford City (A) Match Preview: v Bradford City (A)
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Match Preview: v Bradford City (A)

Here we take a look ahead to this weekend's clash between the Saddlers and Bantams.
Don't forget to join us across our social media channels where we'll bring you all the matchday build-up, in-game updates, and post-match reaction as the Saddlers return to action.

Pre-Match News & Views

After finally securing their first league victory of the season, with a Conor Wilkinson powered one-nil victory over Stevenage, the Saddlers move on to face Bradford City at Valley Parade on Saturday afternoon.
With a string of poor performances preceding the triumph over Boro, the Saddlers faithful are probably expecting the worst as they get set to watch their team take on a team currently sitting in the automatic promotion places.
However, the team will be buoyed by the result and could be well positioned to take advantage of the Bantams' recent defeat to Leyton Orient, along with their midweek EFL Trophy defeat to Lincoln City.

New signing George Miller could feature in the matchday squad, the Barnsley forward becoming the club's 13th singing of the summer on Deadline Day.

On-loan Leicester City winger Tyrese Shade could also feature. The 21-year-old has missed the last few weeks of action with an unconfirmed injury and would be a welcome attacking boost to the team as they look to make it two wins in two.

One player who is not expected to return is Rory Holden, the attacking midfielder is currently undergoing treatment and further examination as he looks to rebound from his latest injury setback.
Opposition News

Opponents Bradford City have lost just one of their five league outings but arrive at this weekend's game on the back of a duo of defeats as they lost to Leyton Orient last Saturday before losing their first EFL Trophy group game of the season as Lincoln City netted three goals without reply.
New signing Theo Robinson, who joined the club on Deadline Day, could make his debut against the Saddlers as Derek Adams looks to guide the Bantams back to winning ways at the expense of their visitors.
Head to Head

The Saddlers and Bantams have met on fifty-two previous occasions, and it's our visitors who hold a narrow overall lead, having won seventeen times compared to the Saddlers' fourteen.

There have also been twenty-one draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at Fellows Park on Saturday, 7th January 1922 as the two sides faced-off in an FA Cup - First Round clash, which would ultimately end in a draw and force a replay just three days later.

The original fixture produced six goals but still couldn't separate the sides, however the replay saw four goals scored with a clear gap between the two as the Bantams eased through to the Second Round, winning by four-goals-to-nil.

In more modern times, the two most recently met in a League Two clash which took place at Banks's Stadium on Saturday, 27th February 2021 and saw the Bantams win by two-goals-to-one as Levi Sutton and Andy Cook netted the winning goals, despite Dan Scarr's late strike.

Man in the Middle

The EFL has confirmed that Ben Toner, who is based in Lancashire, will be the man in the middle, whilst Robert Atkin and Conor Brown have been named assistant referees. Mark Cunliffe will act as Fourth Official.


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