Bradford City vs Salford City preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Above: Ian Henderson celebrates his brace against the league leaders Cambridge United on Tuesday night (Source: James Gill- Danehouse, Getty Images)

Bradford City will host Salford City this coming Saturday at 15:00 BST, as the Ammies look to build on their momentous victory on Tuesday night.

Salford abolished a Cambridge United team who were unbeaten in their last seven league outings, but Richie Wellens' men weren't intimidated by the task and instead outplayed the U's, running out 4-1 victors on the night thanks to goals from Richie Towell, Robbie Gotts and a brace from Ian Henderson.

Meanwhile with the home side, the Bantams had their Tuesday night encounter with Scunthorpe United postponed mid-game, and are therefore looking for an immediate reaction to interim bosses Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars first defeat at the helm from Saturday.

The duo had been unbeaten in eight before being cruelly punished by Exeter City, who equalised from a one goal deficit on two separate occasions before eventually snatching the three points courtesy of a penalty.

Team news

Billy Clarke (hamstring) and Bryce Hossanah are both doubts, whilst Richard O'Donnell and Zeli Ismail remain long-term absentees.

Harry Pritchard, Reece Staunton and Danny Rowe could all be back for contention however, which could cause quite the headache for Trueman in fitting these players in the squad.

Salford on the other hand have just the single injury concern, with Darren Gibson (leg) not yet ready for football.

Predicted lineups

Bradford City: Hornby; A. O'Connor, P. O'Connor, Canavan, Wood, Watt, Sutton, Evans, Cooke, Vernam, Rowe.

Salford City: Hladky; Clarke, Bernard, Turnbull, Hunter, Lowe, Coutts, Touray, Towell, Gotts, Henderson.

Ones to watch

Danny Rowe

A man absent for the last two Bradford games, it clearly had a negative effect on the team, with one loss and a postponement in Rowe's void from the squad.

Rowe will be vying to return to the starting line-up since his none covid-related illness, and will be just as eager to be back among the goals in what could be a real test of Trueman's leadership, up against a Salford team with plenty of defensive options in their arsenal.

Ian Henderson

A man who was briefly linked with a switch to Valley Parade in the Summer, Henderson is showing that age is just a number at the age of 36.

The veteran forward bagged a brace against the league leaders on Tuesday, and has so far contributed 14 times in 25 games whilst leading the line for the Ammies.

  • Previous meeting

It's crazy to think that three years ago Salford were facing the Bantams neighbours Bradford (Park Avenue) in league action, but it's Trueman's men who have never beaten the Ammies in their three meetings.

In the reverse fixture it was an embarrassing result for Bradford who only mustered two shots on target, but a brace from Luke Burgess and a strike from Henderson was enough to thwart the Bantams 3-0 at the Peninsula Stadium.

  • How to watch

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The match is available on iFollow via Bradford or Salford's respective club websites, with match passes at £10 for those in the United Kingdom.

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