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PREVIEW: Bradford City - Checkatrade Trophy

29 August 2017

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Chesterfield get their Checkatrade Trophy campaign underway this evening, when Bradford City visit the Proact for a northern group F fixture, 7pm, here's our match preview........


Supporters should be aware that Tesco Extra, adjacent to the Proact Stadium, will be enforcing a two-hour match day parking restriction.


Tickets are still available for Spireites supporters at the following prices

• Adults - £10
• Concessions & 17-20 £5
• U16s - £1

The Proact ticket office will be open until kick off (7pm).


Tonight’s match is the first of three group stage fixtures for the Spireites in this competition, with matches against Rotherham United (Tuesday, October 3) and Manchester City U21s (Wednesday, November 29) to come.

If a match is won after 90 minutes, the winning team will pick up three points, should a fixture finish as a draw then both teams will pick up a point.

However, the outcome will be decided by a penalty shoot-out, with the victorious team picking up an additional point.

Team News

Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell has confirmed that there will be changes made to the side following Saturday’s defeat at Newport County, with the likes of Connor Dimaio and Reece Mitchell in contention to play after missing out at the weekend.

Bradford boss Stuart McCall will also make changes for the match, with the likes of summer signing, Paul Taylor, Alex Jones and Omari Patrick all expected to play some part in the game.
The opposition

The manager - Stuart McCall

McCall returned to Valley Parade last summer for his second spell as Bantams boss and guided City to the Sky Bet League One playoff final, where they were defeated 1-0 by Millwall.

The former Scotland international started his playing career with the Bantams before moving on to Everton and Rangers, he enjoyed a second spell with the Bantams in the late 1990s before finishing his career with Sheffield United.

An experienced manager, McCall has also managed Motherwell and Rangers.

One to watch

Omari Patrick - Forward

Capable of playing as either a winger or centre forward, Patrick joined the Bantams earlier this summer after impressing McCall during pre-season.

His time at Valley Parade got off to the best possible start, with Patrick scoring the winning goal in the club’s 2-1 opening day victory over Blackpool on August 5.

Described as possessing good feet and also being quick and powerful, Patrick has previously had spells with non-league sides Beaconsfield Town, Kidderminster Harriers and Barnsley.

Head to Head

Tonight’s clash at the Proact will be the 98th competitive game between the two sides and the first in this competition.

It’s the Bantams who hold the upper hand from the previous meetings, with the record standing at: -

• Chesterfield - 24 (wins)
• Draws - 28
• Bradford - 45 (wins)

From the dugout

Caldwell was visibly unhappy with his team’s second half performance at the weekend and has confirmed that changes will be made for tonight’s match.

And he’s challenged those coming into the starting XI to show what they can do.

He said: “I would think the players coming in have a chance to put a claim in for a place on Saturday [vs Coventry City].”

Can't get to the Proact? Fear not you can still follow all the action from the game.

Across match day we'll have: -

- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on iFollow.
- Minute-by-minute coverage for the club's Twitter page.
- Updates and images from the club's Facebook and Instagram feeds.
- Stats and reaction across the evening on the official site.


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