Carlisle United vs Bradford City preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Carlisle United will host Bradford City this coming Saturday at 15:00 BST, as the Bantams look to immediately bounce back from defeat on Tuesday.

Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars have rejuvenated the Bradford side, but fell to their second defeat in 16 games on Tuesday night at the hands of Newport County

Meanwhile with the home side, the Cumbrians are on a rapid decline down the table, and in a matter of weeks have drifted from the play-off positions to mid-table uncertainty.

With no wins in their last eight, Carlisle fans are growing agitated as their once promising season goes up in flames.

  • Team news

Chris Beech will be without Josh Kayode for Saturday after limping off against Morecambe last weekend.

Trueman and Sellars' have a few more injury concerns, with Lee NovakBryce HossanahHarry Pritchard and Zeli Ismail all long-term absentee.

Callum Cooke will be hoping to find his way back into the starting eleven, after being rested on Tuesday night.

  • Predicted lineups

Carlisle United: Farman; Armer, Hayden, Bennett, MacDonald, Guy, Riley, Charters, Patrick, Alessandra, Dickenson.

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

  • Ones to watch

Callum Guy

Former Bantam Guy recently welcomed his new son George into the world, and therefore missed some recent games and his absence was missed.

A hard-working midfielder, Guy is a battler in the middle of the pitch and will use his impressive vision to work around Elliot Watt and Levi Sutton. Guy also has an average player rating of 7.28, and currently leads Carlisle's most assists with 8 assists.

Anthony O'Connor

Irish defender Anthony O'Connor has been in inspired form in recent weeks, having flourished in the right-back position. 

Since Niall Canavan and Paudie O'Connor formed an impressive partnership at the back, Anthony has moved into right-back and excelled, now playing at an average rating of 7.13 and earning man of the match in a number of his previous games. 

  • Previous meeting

​​​​​​​In one of Stuart McCall's final games as City boss, Carlisle added to the Bantams misery with a 1-0 victory. The only goal came from Rhys Bennett. It was a miserable day for Bradford, mustering no shots on target compared to Carlisle's nine.

  • How to watch

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

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