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Match Preview: Bradford v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

2 November 2018

Bradford City v Pompey

It is bottom against top this weekend when League One leaders Pompey make the long trip north to struggling Bradford.

The Blues will be looking to extend – or at least maintain – the two-point gap they hold over Peterborough in second.

Their opponents, meanwhile, will simply be searching for a second league victory on home soil, having already been beaten six times this term.

Barnsley (2-0), Wycombe (2-1), Charlton (2-0), Sunderland (2-1), Rochdale (2-0) and Coventry (4-2) have already left Valley Parade with a maximum haul.

It has been a pretty miserable 2018 for the Bantams, who have lost more games in the calendar year than any other side in the top four divisions.

There have been four managers in that time, with current boss David Hopkin appointed in September after predecessor Michael Collins lasted just seven matches.

And Bradford go into Saturday’s contest on the back of six successive defeats, including last week’s 4-0 reverse at Gillingham.

They did win both of last season’s meetings with the Blues, although travelling fans would prefer to remember the 5-0 thrashing they inflicted back in May 2003.

Nathan Thompson serves a one-match ban after collecting five yellow cards, but Tom Naylor is available again having returned from his own suspension.

Dion Donohue (hamstring) also misses out, while Andre Green (knee) is expected to resume full training next week.

Bradford striker Eoin Doyle could feature against his former club, but Luca Colville (knee), Danny Devine (foot), Alex Jones (hamstring), Kelvin Mellor (foot), Jake Reeves (groin), Joe Riley (calf) and Ben Wilson (hamstring) are all sidelined.

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Tom Naylor or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

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Pompey: 16 wins
Bradford: 18 wins
4 draws

At Valley Parade
Pompey: 4 wins
Bradford: 11 wins
3 draws

Fans can buy tickets from the cash turnstiles at Valley Parade on the day of the game, although there is an increase in adult prices. Click here for more details.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Jordan Clark and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 2pm on Saturday.

Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action – now with on-screen graphics – and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story and Snapchat account.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

Pompey are the 4/6 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 17/4.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

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Match Reports

Bradford 0 Pompey 1

Evans grabs the winner for table-topping Blues

3 November 2018

Gareth Evans scores for Pompey at Bradford City
Photo: Daniel Chesterton/PinPep

Gareth Evans netted against his former club as Pompey continued their imperious away form by beating Bradford.

It was the only goal of a 'bottom v top' encounter that provided plenty of scoring chances for both teams.

But the struggling Bantams were dealt a blow when Adam Chicksen was dismissed late on, while Hope Akpan missed a great chance to snatch a point at the death.

Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that drew with Accrington the previous week.

Jack Whatmough replaced Christian Burgess in the centre of defence, while Anton Walkes came in for the suspended Nathan Thompson on the right.

And Tom Naylor made an immediate return having served his own ban, with Ben Close dropping to the bench.

A minute’s silence was held before kick-off, remembering both those who have served their country and also the victims of the Leicester helicopter tragedy.

It was Bradford who were quickest out of the traps and Craig MacGillivray had his palms stung by Lewis O’Brien in the early stages.

A David Ball free-kick then led to some pinball in the visitors’ box after Ben Thompson had sliced his clearance.

Pompey soon settled into their stride, however, and began to dominate possession as the first half progressed.

They broke the deadlock with a neat move on 12 minutes, starting when Jamal Lowe shrugged off a challenge and surged forward.

He picked out Ronan Curtis and the winger cut the ball back for a grateful EVANS to lash into the net from six yards out.

Tom Naylor then nodded an Evans corner past the post, while Lee Brown fired ambitiously over from long-range as the Blues looked to strengthen their advantage.

The scores might have been level midway through the half, however, with Whatmough forced to make an excellent sliding challenge inside the box to deny George Miller.

There were opportunities at both ends of the pitch and Oli Hawkins sent a shot down and narrowly over when Evans’ free-kick had been nodded on by Naylor.

Bradford then came close to scoring with a set-piece of their own, with a Josh Wright delivery eventually gathered by MacGillivray.

The action soon switched and when Thompson’s fierce drive deflected off Wright, Richard O’Donnell had to get down low to his left to make the save.

MacGillivray then did well to keep out Miller’s fierce effort before claiming the ball after it had been sent back into the box.

Referee Geoff Eltringham waved away half-hearted appeals for a penalty following O’Brien's tumble in the box.

And former Pompey loanee Eoin Doyle then rolled a shot comfortably into MacGillivray’s arms, when he really should have done more to test the keeper.

Half Time: Bradford 0 Pompey 1

The visitors did not seem content to merely sit on their narrow lead once the action resumed after the interval.

Thompson’s intended cut-back for Evans was intercepted by Akpan, while Lowe could not quite get on the end of Curtis’ teasing cross.

Ryan McGowan received a booking for halting one of Matt Clarke’s famous surging runs up the pitch on 53 minutes.

And while the resulting free-kick came to nothing, a looping header from Curtis moments later had to be grabbed by a back-pedalling O’Donnell.

But Bradford missed a decent chance to get back on level terms on the hour mark, as skipper Anthony O’Connor headed O’Brien’s fine cross straight into the arms of MacGillivray.

The hosts were certainly not looking like a side struggling at the bottom and it took a fine tackle from Whatmough to halt another attack.

It grew more tense as the minutes ticked away and the Bantams sensed they could get something from the contest.

Pompey were still looking a real threat on the break, though, with Lowe and Curtis continuing to prove a menace.

Evans was withdrawn for Close on 76 minutes, as Jackett opted to add some fresh legs to his midfield.

Chances had started to dry up, although Chicksen flashed a dangerous delivery across the face of goal that somehow evaded everyone.

But the Bradford left-back soon had to troop off to the dressing room. Having been booked earlier for a foul on Lowe, he brought down the same player to earn a red card.

It looked like the Blues would just see things out, but their opponents almost grabbed a stoppage-time leveller.

Substitute Sherwin Seedorf – a distant relative of Dutch superstar Clarence – sent the ball through to Akpan, but he lifted his shot over the bar.

Bradford (4-4-2): O’Donnell; McGowan, O’Connor (c), Knight-Percival, Chicksen; Ball, Akpan, Wright (Payne 65), O’Brien; Miller (Seedorf 88), Doyle (Bruenker 80)
Sent off: Chicksen (two yellow cards)
Booked: McGowan
Subs not used: Sykes-Kenworthy, Wood, Isherwood, Goldthorp

Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown; B.Thompson, Naylor; Lowe, Evans (c) (Close 76), Curtis (Wheeler 87); Hawkins
Goals: Evans 12
Booked: Whatmough
Subs not used: McGee, Burgess, Haunstrup, Mason, Pitman

Referee: Geoff Eltringham

Attendance: 16,393 (1,289 Pompey fans)

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Ticket News

Bradford (A): Ticket Update

Support Blues on the road

2 November 2018

Bradford City

Tickets are still available for Pompey’s League One trip to Bradford this weekend.

Blues fans have already snapped up around 1,200 seats for the Valley Parade contest, which kicks-off at 3pm on Saturday.

They are no longer available to purchase online, but can be bought by calling 0345 646 1898 or in person from the Anson Road ticket office until 4pm today (November 2).

Please note that we have sold our initial allocation of tickets, so any bought today will need to be collected from the players entrance on South Parade at Bradford on Saturday.

Tickets can also be purchased from the Valley Parade cash turnstiles on Holywell Ash Lane, although there is a £5 price increase for adults.

Category Price
Adult £20*
Senior (60+) £15
Student (NUS card) £15
Junior (U16) £10
Child (U11) £5**

Wheelchair and ambulant spaces are priced at the above rates and include a carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP.

*Adult prices increase to £25 if bought on the day of the game.
**When bought with a full-paying adult.

If you are expecting tickets in the post and they do not arrive, please contact the Pompey ticket office by 4pm on Friday. We will not be able to help supporters who contact us on the morning of the game.

Supporters buying concession tickets are advised to bring proof of age identification with them to the game.

Official coach travel can be booked online here or by calling Lucketts Travel on 01329 237000.

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