Bradford City vs Grimsby Town preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Bradford City will be looking to continue their late play-off push at home to the ever-improving Grimsby Town. The Bantams are just six points behind seventh placed Newport County with a game in hand so the play-offs are still well within their reach. They come into the game with a three-match unbeaten run after victories against Forest Green Rovers and Colchester United and a 1-1 draw away at Stevenage last time out. The Yorkshire side are unbeaten at home since December 5, so their fans will be expecting a good result against Grimsby on Saturday.

Grimsby are continuing to work their way towards a miraculous great escape as they now sit just seven points behind Colchester in 22nd, with two games in hand on the Essex-based side.

Another positive for The Mariners is the possibility of an unnamed League Two club being automatically relegated from the league due to financial troubles, which would mean that they would only have to finish ahead of one other team in the final standings to avoid relegation to the National League. Grimsby are on an eight game unbeaten streak, however only one of these matches have seen a win for the Lincolnshire side. Last time out, The Mariners recorded a 1-1 home draw against high-flying Cheltenham Town which, albeit it a good result, is not enough to get them out of the situation they find themselves in so late in the season. 

Team news

Mark Sellars is likely to make a few changes following their draw at Stevenage, perhaps including the likes of Oli Crankshaw, Billy Clarke, Charles Vernam and Danny Rowe in the starting line-up. Zeki Ismael and Levi Sutton are both unavailable due to injury.

Paul Hurst is likely to name an unchanged starting line-up to the one that held Cheltenham to a draw last weekend. The centre-back partnership of Rollin Menayese and Elliott Hewitt is one that Hurst will not want to disrupt as they have been solid recently.

Predicted lineups

Bradford (4-2-3-1):

O'Donnell; Cousin-Dawson, P O'Connor, Canavan, Wood; Watt, A O'Connor; Crankshaw, Clarke, Vernam; Rowe.

Grimsby (4-4-2):

McKeown, Hendrie, Hewitt, Menayese, Clifton; Adams, Matete, Spokes, Williams; Hanson, John-Lewis.

Ones to watch

Paudie O'Connor has been key in the Bradford defence this season. The 23-year-old centre-back is particularly dominant in the air, winning an average of 5.6 aerials duels per game. The former Leeds United player is also a danger from set-pieces with two goals and two assists this season. However, the Irish defender will have to try and keep his discipline, as he has already picked up 10 yellow cards and one red card this season.

Lennell John-Lewis is proving himself as the most crucial of Grimsby's many January recruitments as he now spearheads The Mariners' attack. The 31-year-old has picked up three goals and one assist in nine starts in a Grimsby team that has struggled for goals all season. He will be hoping to build on his opening goal against Cheltenham last week with another strike this weekend.

Previous meetings

The reverse fixture back in December saw The Bantams secure a 2-1 victory at Blundell Park. A consolation goal from Harry Clifton was not enough to overcome two first-half strikes by Lee Novak and Levi Sutton. 

How to watch

Kick-off is at 15:00 BST on Saturday, March 10 and is available on both clubs' iFollow streaming service for a fee of £10.

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