Bradford (A) Match Preview

United are back on the road, travelling to Valley Parade to face a struggling Bradford City. Needing to build on Tuesday’s win against Colchester to get the season back on track, what will Bonner do?

United have everyone back in training including Liam O’Neil who has been injured since the first game against Carlisle – it’s probably too soon for him to be back in the squad but the good news is that Mullin and Ironside are both fit – although the latter will struggle to displace Harvey Knibbs after his impressive performance midweek.

Expected U’s Line-Up: Burton, Knoyle, Darling, Cundy, Iredale, Hannant, Digby, Taylor, El Mizouni, Knibbs, Mullin

We’re not really sure what to expect to be honest – we’ve gone with a 4-4-2 above, but expect that could change to a 4-5-1 as the game goes on, with Knibbs dropping deeper should he start. We think Bonner will stick with Burton in goal, but aren’t too sure if Cundy and Darling will be together in defence again, Taylor could drop back into his favoured position, freeing up a space for May to return to the starting eleven.

Who’s Their Player to Watch? Clayton Donaldson isn’t getting any younger but still has goalscoring pedigree at Championship level for the likes of Brentford and Birmingham. Keep your eyes out also for Austin Samuels, a pacey forward on loan from Wolves who has already impressed at Valley Parade

Who’s In The Dugout? No-one officially, Bradford having sacked club legend Stuart McCall from his third managerial spell at the club last week. We’re sure he’ll be back before too long. In the meantime, Mark Trueman and Connor Sellars are joint-caretakers.

What’s Their Recent Form Like? P5, W0, D1, L4, For 3, Against 8

Any Ex-United Players: One of about three hundred loan players that rocked up to the Abbey in 2015/16, Zeli Ismail played eleven or so times, scored once then disappeared into the void (aka signed for other League Two clubs) with all the others.

Last Time Out: Cambridge 2-1 Bradford, 15 February 2020

Harry Darling and Harvey Knibbs scored late on to give Mark Bonner a fourth straight win after the drudgery of a season under Colin Calderwood.

From The Archives: Cambridge 2-1 Bradford, 19 March 1994

Carlo Corrazzin, Micheal Cheetham and some fine displays of 1990’s goalkeeping. Not to mention those barcode shirts! Vintage footage from the Abbey Stadium.

UTAS Moosenet Tip: 2-1 United, Cheetham Mullin

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