Bradford City will host Morecambe FC this coming Tuesday at 19:00 GMT, as the Bantams look to bounce back from consecutive postponements.
Mark Trueman’s City were unbeaten in eight before their defeat at the hands of Exeter City over a week ago, but have since had their fixtures against Scunthorpe United and Salford City as victims of the British weather and therefore cancelled.
Meanwhile for the travelling Shrimps, fans have been pleased with the progress of the season under Derek Adams, with Morecambe chasing promotion.
The away side are lacking a victory in their last three, but remain just one point adrift of the automatic places.
Fan favourite Danny Rowe could be returning to contention following a non-COVID-related illness, whilst Harry Pritchard and Recce Staunton are also facing late fitness tests.
Richard O’Donnell is nearing a return, but Billy Clarke, Lee Novak, Bryce Hossanah and Zeli Ismail will all remain unavailable.
Adams will be without defensive midfielder Yann Songo’o who is currently being investigated by the FA for a homophobic slur.
Bradford City: Hornby; A O’Connor, P O’Connor, Canavan, Wood, Watt, Sutton, Evans, Vernam, Crankshaw, Rowe
Morecambe: Letheren; Mellor, Lavelle, Knight-Percival, Gibson, Diagouraga, Wildig, O’Sullivan, Lyons, Mendes Gomes, Stockton
Ones to watch
It has now been well over week since Rowe’s unrelated COVID illness prevented him from featuring in the Bantams long journey to Exeter, so the frontman should be back in contention for Tuesday night’s game.
Rowe has become an immediate fan favourite, for his brute movement and rocket of a shot that has already nabbed him two goals in a Bradford shirt. His needed selfish attitude in front of his goal makes him the clinical striker Trueman needs, and he’s proving his worth so far.
Carlos Mendes Gomes
A man once involved in the setup at Atletico Madrid, Gomes is showing why he is being sniffed at by Championship clubs.
The 22-year old Spaniard has been directly involved with 10 goals so far for Morecambe, and currently leads as the club’s top scorer with 10 goals and averaging the best performance rating. The winger is a constant nuisance down the left wing and with his vast range of trickery, he has several methods to cruise past his man.
These two sides haven’t faced one another in over a year, as the last was on New Years Day 2020. A late strike from Bradford substitute Remi Oteh was the difference.
How to watch
The match is available on iFollow via Bradford or Morecambe’s respective club websites, with match passes at £10 for those in the United Kingdom.