Bradford (H) Match Preview

The U’s sit at the top of the table as they host Bradford City – who’ve already beat us this season. Will this test prove tricky or will United comfortably win?

Bradford currently sit 19th, three points outside the relegation zone but on a decent run of form that sees them unbeaten in their last five games. Unfortunately for them, the last of those five games was on December 29th, so they’re going to be a bit rusty.

Luke Hannant has been back in training but tomorrow may come too soon for him, in which case we think Bonner has a couple of options, either replacing him with Wes Hoolahan and potentially bringing Liam O’Neil in for Jack Iredale in central midfield alongside Adam May and Paul Digby at the base of a diamond, or a straight swap with Leon Davies, and Wes starting on the bench. Hiram Boateng remains injured.

Expected U’s Line-Up: Mitov, Knoyle, Darling, Taylor, Dunk, Davies, May, Digby, Iredale, Mullin, Ironside

Regardless of who starts we think O’Neil and Hoolahan will play some part in the game, but whether that’s from the start or later on in the match is anyones guess. Either way Bonner will be demanding a better performance than the one we put in at Valley Parade in December.

Who’s Their Player To Watch? New signing Danny Rowe will be aiming to hit the ground running, having joined from Oldham this month. He had a decent record at AFC Fylde in Non-League and will be hoping to continue that at Bradford.

Who’s In The Dugout? It’s still joint-caretakers Mark Trueman and Connor Sellars

What’s Their Recent Form Like? Played 5, Won 2, Drawn 3, Lost 0, For 5, Against 2

Any Ex-United Players? Just former loanee Zeli Ismail, currently injured.

Last Time Out: Bradford 1-0 United, December 19 2020

Ugh, one of the worst United performances this season, as we succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at Valley Parade

From The Archive: Cambridge 2-1 Bradford January 1 1977

How about this for some archive footage? The Abbey looking resplendent (and not all that different) in this footage from a 2-1 win for the U’s on New Years day 44 years ago. Jim Hall and Steve Spriggs on target for the U’s in a season which ended with us winning the Fourth Division title.

UTAS Moosenet Tip: Do we win by any margin other than 2-1? Mullin or Ironside first scorer, your pick.

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