PREVIEW: BRADFORD CITY (H)

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LEYTON ORIENT WELCOME BRADFORD CITY TO THE BREYER GROUP STADIUM ON SATURDAY. KICK-OFF IS AT 3:00PM.

The O’s take on the Bantams this weekend in what is their last home fixture before Christmas.

Last time out Ross Embleton’s team claimed a point against Oldham at Boundary Park. The Latics took the lead after just two minutes through Jonny Smith but Jordan Maguire-Drew levelled the game.

Bradford City are managed by Gary Bowyer and currently sit 6th in the League Two standings. The Bantams last outing ended in victory against Newport County; James Vaughan notched the only goal of the game from the spot.

A word from Ross Embleton:“Bradford are a magnificent football Club and a great Club in this league. They’ve got some very good players, so we know it is going to be a really tough challenge. Sometimes games like this can really help you.”

Read more from Ross here

Team News

Craig Clay is expected to shake an illness that prevented him being selected in the squad for last Saturday’s trip to Oldham.

Jobi McAnuff and Brendon Shabani are Orient’s only expected absentees this weekend.

Opposition View: Gary Bowyer

Bradford City Manager Gary Bowyer spoke to ifollow BCAFC:

“We have done our research on them and know what to expect. They have coped with their different situations incredibly well and I am sure they will be looking to establish some stability now.

From a Club point of view, it is extremely difficult to imagine losing your manager. I never came up against Justin, but you only have to listen to how people speak about him to understand what a man he was. He will be sadly missed.”

Ref Watch:

  •  REFEREE: Christopher Pollard
  • ASSISTANT REFEREES: Gareth Viccars and Christopher Wade
  • FOURTH Official Mike Desborough

Pollard has taken charge of 14 games this season, showing 40 players a yellow card and further two players a red card. The Official has awarded three penalties, two of which in League Two fixtures.

The Referee last took charge on an Orient game back in April, when the O’s twice came from behind to beat Eastleigh 3-2. Former players Alex Lawless and Josh Koroma were both shown a yellow card.

Coverage:

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Match report and reaction following the game will appear on leytonorient.com.