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Preview: Bradford City v Barrow

17 September 2021

A photograph of Bradford City's stadium Richard Lee (Rex)
The Utilita Energy Stadium is home to Bradford City

Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of the weekend with our full and in-depth preview of our trip to The Utilita Energy Stadium.

Bradford City v Barrow
Saturday 18th September 2021, 3pm
The Utilita Energy Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Bradford City will be aiming to end a run of three games without defeat when they host The Bluebirds at The Utilita Energy Stadium this weekend.

The Bantams won three in a row through August to move second in the League Two table but subsequent defeats at Leyton Orient and at Salford City last time out seen them drop a few places.

Derek Adams’ men are still well placed though and will fancy their chances of putting together another strong run of form as they prepare for four of their next six league outings to be played on their own patch.

One To Watch
Former Barrow forward Andy Cook has made an excellent start to the new campaign for Bradford City and has already struck four league goals during the early part of 2021/22.

The 30-year-old helped himself to a hat-trick in City’s brilliant 4-1 victory over Stevenage before scoring a dramatic late winner in their 3-2 triumph at Mansfield Town.

Head To Head
Saturday’s contest will be the 53rd meeting in competitive action, dating back to an FA Cup tie in the 1904/05 campaign when The Bluebirds were in the Lancashire Combination and lost 3-2.

Last term both games went with home advantage as The Bantams gained revenge with a 2-1 win on home soil in January after Connor Brown’s first half goal has consigned them to defeat in Cumbria three months earlier.

Referee
Tom Reeves will take charge of his first Barrow game of the new campaign this weekend when he’s on the whistle for our trip to Bradford City.

The last time he oversaw The Bluebirds came back in January 2019 when he sent off Lee Molyneux during our goalless draw at Chesterfield in the National League.

Reeves was promoted to the EFL’s list of referees during the summer and has presided over five games so far, the most recent being Crawley Town’s 2-1 win over Carlisle United last weekend.

Tickets
Tickets for Saturday’s game are available to buy from The Dunes Hotel Stadium until 1.30pm on Friday.

Fans are advised that there will be no tickets available at Bradford on the day of the game, so you are urged not to travel if you do not have one.

Click here for all the information you need on tickets for the game.

Live Streaming
We are unable to live stream games on iFollow in the UK on Saturday afternoons, though Bluebirds fans outside of the country can still access live footage on iFollow.

Click here now to visit the Harrogate Town Match Centre.

Live Commentary
We will be providing live online audio commentary from every game this season as we continue our link-up with BBC Radio Cumbria.

Fans will be able to listen to expert Bluebirds commentator Adam Johnson, who will be joined by Mark Boyd for full coverage of Saturday’s game at The Utilita Energy Stadium.

You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.

Click here now to subscribe to iFollow.

Betting
Bradford City have been installed as 10/11 favourites for three points this weekend, with Barrow installed as a 12/5 shot and the draw priced up at odds of 14/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.

Click here now to take a look at a full list of markets ahead of Saturday’s game.


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