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Preview: Barrow v Bradford City

4 August 2022

Match Previews

Preview: Barrow v Bradford City

4 August 2022

Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's League Two home opener against Bradford City at the SO Legal Stadium.

Barrow v Bradford City
Saturday 6th August 2022
SO Legal Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Bradford City opened up the new Sky Bet League Two campaign last weekend with a 0-0 stalemate against Gary McSheffrey’s Doncaster Rovers at Valley Parade.

A duo of red cards were brandished, one to Donny’s Lee Tomlin and another after the final whistle to Bradford’s Kian Harratt, who will miss the game through suspension.

Mark Hughes is entering his first full season in the Bantams hotseat, and will have over 600 travelling Bradford City fans cheering on at the SO Legal Stadium for the game.

Head To Head
Barrow and Bradford City have met in the Football League several times over the years. Barrow have won 14, drawn 14 and been on the losing side of the scoreline on 23 occasions.

The first meeting between the sides came in the FA Cup in 1906, when Bradford City prevailed 3-2 on a cold January afternoon in Yorkshire. Barrow had to wait until Boxing Day 1938 for a victory over The Bantams, when the Lancashire side were 2-1 victors at Holker Street in the Third Division North.

Last season saw a 1-1 draw at Valley Parade and a Bantams victory at Holker Street.

Barrow fans can still buy tickets for Saturday's game on our ticketing website.

Click here for more information.

Martin Woods is the man with the whistle, with Graeme Fyvie and Daniel Woodward running the lines. Lewis Smith has the Fourth Official duties at the SO Legal Stadium for the fixture.

Promoted from the National League last season, this is Woods’ second EFL appointment of the new season. He did have a taste of League Two football last campaign, when he took up the whistle for Walsall’s 1-0 victory over Carlisle United in April.

In 17 games in 2021/22, Woods dished out 59 yellow cards and sent 2 players for an early shower. He oversaw games in the National League, Premier League 2 and was the man in the middle for the National League Promotion Final.

Live Streaming
We are not allowed to live stream games in the UK between the hours of 2.45pm and 5.15pm on a Saturday so this weekend’s game will not be available to domestic supporters.

Barrow fans outside of the UK will be able to access a live stream via iFollow and you can purchase the match in the usual way ahead of kick-off.

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 convivial commentator Adam Johnson, who will be joined at SO Legal Stadium by stalwart Barrow fan John Goodwin, to describe all the action as it unfolds.

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.

Bradford City have been installed as 1/1 favourites to get the victory this weekend, though Barrow look to be good value at odds of 13/5 and a draw is priced up at 23/10 with our buddies 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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