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Match Preview: Bradford City - FA Cup (H)

8 January 2016

The Shakers take on League One rivals Bradford City in the Third Rd. of the FA Cup tomorrow afternoon.

Bury will be looking to book their place in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup for only the Second time in 16 years when they face Bradford City at Gigg Lane on Saturday, 9thJanuary 2016, 3pm kick-off.


The Shakers have beaten two fellow League One sides in the competition already this season, booking their place in the Third Round with wins over Wigan Athletic and Rochdale, whereas the Bantams have come up against two tricky non-league sides in Aldershot Town and Chesham United to get this far.


This may give the Shakers a slight psychological advantage over their opponents, however the Bantams know all about good cup runs having had several high profile runs in English cup competition over the past couple of years.


The most impressive of these was in the League Cup during the 2012-2013 Season when the Bantams shocked three Premier League clubs Wigan Athletic, Arsenal and Aston Villa before being beaten by Swansea City in the final at Wembley.


They also reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last season beating Chelsea and Sunderland along the way before getting knocked out of the competition by Reading.


Bradford City had a long successful period in the top two tiers of England before being relegated to League One in 2004, they were then relegated down to League Two where they spent six seasons before gaining promotion back to League One in 2013.


Going into the game, both sides have had similar form throughout the season so far having some good patches mixed with a number of disappointing results. Bradford did go on a period of 10 games without a loss, but have recently lost their last 2 games.


The Shakers themselves had a great start to their first season back in the third tier of English Football and are currently sitting in a comfortable mid table 14thplace, only 7 points away from the play-off places.


They have however had a large number of away games over recent weeks which have resulted in a few disappointing results, but the Shakers are now back on home ground and looking to use an FA Cup run as a spring board for success in the League.


David Flitcroft may opt to play new loan signing Ian Lawlor, from Manchester City,  over the outgoing Daniel Bachmann, whose loan ends after the game on Saturday, to give him confidence going into his spell at the club which will last until the end of the season.


After having a large number of injuries over recent weeks the Shakers may be ready to start bringing a few of those players back, in a game where points are not up for grabs to help get them back to match fitness.


Tickets for the match are Category C and are pay on the gate.

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