Walsall vs Bradford City preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Above: Callum Cooke and Ollie Crankshaw celebrate Cooke’s winner against Leyton Orient during the week (Source: George Wood, Getty Images)

Walsall will host Bradford City this coming Saturday at 3pm BST, as the Saddlers look to contain a rampant City side with just one loss in their last twelve outings.

Bradford confirmed the official appointment of Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars as the club’s new joint managers last week, seen as the duo had had an incredible run as interim bosses.

With just one defeat since taking over in December, Trueman and Sellars have masterminded victories over some of the chasing title pack, overcoming the likes of Cheltenham TownMorecambe and Cambridge United.

The home side are looking for a similar sort of effect with Brian Dutton, who has taken the job on until the end of the season following Darrell Clarke’s shock switch to divisional rivals Port Vale.

  • Team news

Dutton will be without key midfielder Liam Kinsella, who faces a suspension following a red card against Stevenage.

Trueman and Sellars have a few more injury concerns, with Zeli IsmailBryce HossanahLee Novak and Billy Clarke all long-term absentees.

  • Predicted lineups

Walsall: Roberts; Norman, White, Scarr, Sadler, Melbourne, Bates, Vincent, McDonald, Lavery, Gordon.

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

  • Ones to watch

Caolan Lavery

In a rather forgettable season for the Saddlers, one man who can hold his head high is striker Lavery.

The former Sheffield United forward has netted on five different occasions and registered two assists in 26 games, but uses his pace and strength to get beyond his men and become quite the headache for the opposition defence.

Callum Cooke

One of the most consistent players in League Two right now, Cooke is proving to be one of the most in-form players in the league.

Since Trueman and Sellars moved him to a more advanced midfielder role, Cooke has flourished, scoring the winner on Tuesday night and forcing numerous assists for the Bantams. Cooke has three goals and six assist this season.

  • Past meeting

​​​​​​​These sides failed to beat one another in their previous encounter. Walsall’s George Nurse scored a fantastic first half goal, but it was cancelled out by a second half Clarke penalty.

  • How to watch

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

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