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Match Preview: Bradford City (A)

Seasiders Aim To Bounce Back At Valley Parade

22 March 2019

A reunion with former manager Gary Bowyer awaits this weekend, as Blackpool face Bradford City at Valley Parade.

The Seasiders' ex-boss, who guided the club to promotion from League Two and a top-half finish in League One, took the reins at Bradford earlier this month, tasked with keeping the club in the division. 

But all sentiment with be put to one side, for 90 minutes at least, as both teams push for much-needed victories. 

Blackpool head back out on the road determined to right the wrongs of an away defeat at Burton Albion, while Bradford lost out in dramatic circumstances at Oxford United last weekend. 

Team News: 

Christoffer Mafoumbi is set to make his first start since late January after returning from international duty. The Congo stopper replaces Mark Howard between the sticks, who is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after rupturing his Achilles. Marc Bola could start following his recent recovery from injury, while Curtis Tilt and Ollie Turton are also making progress. Jordan Thompson is away with Northern Ireland. 

The Bantams will be without ex-Pool right-back Kelvin Mellor due to a knee injury, as well as Calum Woods. Sean Scannell could make his long-awaited return after a five-month absence with a stress fracture, while Jack Payne is set to start. 

The Manager's View: 


The Ref: 

Antony Coggins will referee his first ever Blackpool game, having been confirmed to officiate the fixture at Valley Parade. 

He has overseen 31 matches so far this season, showing 113 yellow cards and three red ones. 


Supporters can now purchase tickets on the day (cash only), though a price increase applies to the cost of an adult ticket. 

Tickets will therefore be priced at: 

- £25 for Adults
- £15 for Seniors and Students (Over-60)
- £10 for Juniors (Under-16)
- £5 for Under-11s

Disabled supporters pay the age relevant price above.

Elsewhere In Sky Bet League One: 

AFC Wimbledon vs Gillingham
Burton Albion vs Accrington Stanley
Coventry City vs Oxford United
Luton Town vs Doncaster Rovers
Peterborough United vs Southend United
Plymouth Argyle vs Bristol Rovers
Rochdale vs Scunthorpe United
Shrewsbury Town vs Portsmouth
Walsall vs Barnsley

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