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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.

TEAM NEWS
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.

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

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall
Pompey: 16 wins
Bradford: 18 wins
4 draws

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

TICKETS
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.

MATCH COVERAGE
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.

BETTING
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 www.skybet.com/pompey to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
AFC Wimbledon v Shrewsbury
Barnsley v Southend
Blackpool v Bristol Rovers
Charlton v Doncaster
Coventry v Accrington
Gillingham v Fleetwood
Plymouth v Sunderland
Rochdale v Luton
Scunthorpe v Oxford
Walsall v Burton
Wycombe v Peterborough

LAST MEETING


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