Bradford City vs Scunthorpe United preview: How to watch, kick-off time, predicted lineups, team news and ones to watch
Above: Leeds United loanee Jordan Stevens and Scunthorpe attacker Abo Eisa battle for possession (Source: George Wood, Getty Images)

Bradford City will have a golden opportunity to end their miserable five consecutive games losing streak against a Scunthorpe United side in the same position.

Neil Cox's Iron are in dire form, having not won in their previous eight outings and their last victory coming over a month ago, funnily enough against Bradford, Cox will be desperate to escape the rut and begin properly preparing for next season.

However, Cox's side do have a chance for jubilation if they can pick up a point on Saturday or if Southend United fail to win, then this would confirm Scunthorpe's safety from the National League.

Joint managers Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars suffered their ninth defeat as Bantams bosses in 28 games on Tuesday night, falling to Gary Bowyer's Salford City, who advanced into the play-offs thanks to the three points.

Scunthorpe weren't as fortunate either, being bested by four goals to nil by a rampant Newport County side eager to confirm their participation in this year's play-offs.

Trueman and Sellars will once again have the likes of Reece StauntonNiall CanavanHarry Pritchard and Zeli Ismail all absent, with none set to feature again this season.

Ollie Crankshaw is likely to be back available for the Bantams, after missing the Salford game due to asthmatic problems. 

Levi Sutton and Lee Novak could both start against their former employers.

Scunthorpe's recent run of poor results could be blamed on their injury problems, with captain Jordan ClarkeOlufela OlomolaAaron JarvisAdam Kelsey and George Hornshaw all ruled out for the rest of the campaign.

George Taft will be eager to prove a point, after an underwhelming display and an own goal against Newport on Tuesday.

Alex Gilliead is the only former Bantam currently in the Iron ranks, and will nabbed an assist against Bradford last time out.

  • Predicted lineups

Bradford City: Hornby; Cousin-Dawson, A O'Connor, P O'Connor, Wood; Watt, Sutton, Cooke; Vernam, Cook, Crankshaw

Scunthorpe United: Watson; Howe, Bedeau, Onariase, Taft, O'Malley; Gilliead, Karacan, Beestin; Van Veen, Loft

  • Ones to watch

Elliot Watt

Despite being just 21 years old, Watt has already demonstrated all the necessary attributes of a future Bradford City captain.

The Scotsman has had an excellent start since his switch from Wolves, controlling the midfield and dictating the tempo alongside Sutton, Watt will be a handful for the midfield trio of Scunthorpe. His vision and brilliant distribution of long balls and short passes is the perfect mix, and the reason why he is attracting  interest from higher division clubs.

Ryan Loft

Perhaps one of the most underrated attackers in the division, Loft has had an excellent season for the Iron despite their league position.

With eight goals and six assists, the 23-year old has filled in for an often inconsistent Kevin Van Veen and terrorised opposition defences with his keen eye for goal and rocket of a shot. With the help of Gilliead, Jordan Hallam and Jem Karacan, Loft has the needed support to shake the Bradford defence.

  • Previous meeting

With the reverse fixture coming little over a month ago, these two sides will be well prepared for the challenge. However, it was Scunthorpe who were victorious last time out, thanks to goals from Eisa and Devarn Green allowing the Iron to run out 2-0 victors. Times have changed since then however, with Scunthorpe failing to win since.


The match kicks off at 15:00 BST on Saturday May 1.

Match passes for iFollow coverage can be purchased from either club's website for £10 for customers in the UK and Ireland and £7 for viewers from elsewhere.