Bradford City v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

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By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers head to Bradford City this weekend looking to stop Stuart McCall’s side’s unbeaten start to the season.

The Bantams sit in third place going into the game having won three and drawn four of their opening seven games but Rovers assistant insists that The Gas will stay on the attack when they head to Valley Parade.

“They are a good attacking side,” Stewart told the Bristol Post.

“I have watched their last two or three games. They have all been quite open and that suits them because they have a number of bright and sharp attacking players.”

“They are an attacking team and that is why they have around 18,000 fans come into Valley Parade for the majority of the season.”

“If we go toe-to-toe with them I think our defenders are better than theirs. They are a good side but I wouldn’t say they any better than we are.”

Rovers have started the season in what can only be described as inconsistent. Picking up one win, three draws and two defeats from their opening six but Bradford boss McCall has said that they will still cause a threat.

“They will have their own threats in the game – we know they have scored in every game this season,” he told the clubs website.

“They (Bristol Rovers) beat Cardiff in the cup and were unlucky at Chelsea. They were unfortunate not to beat Walsall midweek.

“Matty Taylor up front is obviously a big threat for them but they showed on Tuesday night in their draw with Walsall that they have other good players as well.”

Bradford will have most Tony McMahon back from injury but the match might just come too soon for Rory McArdle and Nathan Clarke.

Rovers only have Liam Lawrence in the physio room and Chelsea loanee Jake Clarke-Salter still hasn’t arrived from Stamford Bridge due to his recovery from injury.


Rovers boast a great record against Bradford in all competitions with 13 wins and just four losses from 22 matches.

The last meeting at Valley Parade between these two sides ended in a 4-1 win for The Bantams back in 2013.

Rovers have managed to score in every game this season and Bradford have failed to keep a clean sheet since the opening day.




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