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PREVIEW: Bradford City

6 January 2017

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The Spireites travel to Valley Parade this Saturday to take on high-flying Bradford City in a Sky Bet League One encounter


All tickets are now off sale from the Proact ticket office, however Spireites supporters can still purchase them on the day. The prices are as follows: -

• Adults £25
• OAP/Student £15
• U16 £10
• U11 £5

Team News

Sam Hird is available again for the Spireites after he missed Monday's match with MK Dons because of flu. 

Hird has not been the only player who has suffered with flu this week, and manager Danny Wilson confirmed that he will check on the availability of other squad members on the day of the game. The game comes too soon for long term absentees Dan Jones, Tommy Lee and Paul McGinn. 

New Bradford signing Alex Jones completed his move from Birmingham City yesterday and could be in line to make his debut for the Bantams, subject to receiving the necessary clearances. 

Bantams boss Stuart McCall will however, be without the services of Haris Vuckic and Marc McNulty after they returned to their parent clubs following loan spells from Newcastle United and Sheffield United respectively. While both Filipe Morais and Billy Clarke are out injured. Though Josh Cullen is expected to feature after his loan deal from West Ham United was extended until the end of the season. 

Form Guide

The two teams have already met this season, with a goal from Billy Clarke settling the match at the Proact in favour of Bradford back in October.    

McCall’s men head into this fixture unbeaten in their last five league matches, with four draws preceding Monday’s win at Northampton Town. Goals from Mark Marshall and Jordy Hiwula ensured the Bantams overturned a 1-0 half time defecit at Sixfields, leaving them in fifth position in Sky Bet League One, with 42 points from 25 matches.

The trip to Valley Parade will be a tough test for the Spireites, who are currently 21st in League One. And while Monday’s 0-0 draw with MK Dons at the Proact halted a two game losing streak, it still means that Danny Wilson’s men have not won in the league since beating Bolton Wanderers on December 17.

The Spireites however do have a good recent record at Bradford, with just one defeat in their last four visits to Valley Parade.

From the Dugout

With Bradford riding high in League One and a big crowd expected at the game, Wilson is aware of the task his team faces, though he's challenged them to cause an upset.

He said:“ They've been very consistent so far this season, like the other top six teams that we’ve played in recent weeks and it will be a big test for us.

“They have an array of talent in the team and good experience as well which is always vital if you’re having a promotion push.

“We can’t dress it up and say that it’ll be an easy game, there’s going to be 20,000 people baying for our blood, but what a great game to go and play in and what a great game to rise to the occasion.”  

Can't get to Valley Parade? 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 PlayerHD 
- 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 weekend on the official site

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