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Match Preview: Bradford v Pompey

All you need to know about League One clash

17 April 2018

Bradford City v Pompey

Pompey will look to stretch their unbeaten run to seven matches when they visit Bradford in this evening’s rescheduled fixture.

The game was originally scheduled to take place at the beginning of March, but fell victim to the ‘Beast from the East’.

Kenny Jackett’s side have seen a dramatic improvement in form since then and know that victory tonight would send them above Plymouth and Scunthorpe into fifth spot.

But while the Blues have been on the up in recent weeks, it is a vastly different story for their opponents.

The Bantams finished fifth last term, seeing off Fleetwood in the play-offs before conceding a late goal to lose to Millwall at Wembley.

They made a bright start to the current campaign and automatic promotion was still a distinct possibility at the turn of the year.

But City have won just once since New Year’s Day and fallen down to 13th in the standings – closer to the drop zone than the top six.

Stuart McCall departed as manager at the start of February, but replacement Simon Grayson has been unable to arrest the slide.

Bradford triumphed 1-0 when the sides met at Fratton Park earlier in the season, but Blues fans will have fond memories of the last Valley Parade clash.

Svetoslav Todorov grabbed a hat-trick, while Gianluca Festa and Steve Stone were also on target, as Pompey waved goodbye to Division One with a 5-0 rout in May 2003.

TEAM NEWS
Matty Kennedy is a doubt with the calf problem that kept him out of Saturday’s goalless draw at Plymouth.

Pompey will also be missing Stephen Henderson (groin), Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain (leg), Danny Rose (leg) and Anton Walkes (hamstring).

Bradford skipper Romain Vincelot might not be able to shake off a knee injury, with Tony McMahon expected to retain the captain’s armband.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Gareth Evans or register for a free iFollow account to watch the below videos.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 16 wins
Bradford: 17 wins
4 draws

At Valley Parade
Pompey: 4 wins
Bradford: 10 wins
3 draws

TICKETS
Fans are no longer able to buy tickets directly from Pompey, but they will be available to Valley Parade this evening. Click here for more details.

MATCH COVERAGE
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary of the game by signing into their account and visiting the match centre.

Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions.

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 also have updates on Twitter and via the match centre.

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

Local listeners can hear commentary on Express FM or BBC Radio Solent (not online), while The News will also have extensive coverage.

BETTING
Pompey are the 7/5 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 21/10.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit www.skybet.com/pompey for great offers and promotion. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Doncaster v Bury
Gillingham v Rotherham
Rochdale v Oldham
Shrewsbury v Charlton
Wigan v Oxford

LAST MEETING


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