Salford City vs Bradford City preview: How to watch, kick-off time, predicted lineups, team news, officiating and ones to watch
Above: Elliot Watt and Callum Cooke celebrate their goal against Walsall on Saturday. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Salford City will look to improve on their unideal start to the League Two season against a tough Bradford City side.

The Ammies, who are managed by former Bradford gaffer Gary Bowyer, have had a disappointing start to their campaign, managing just one victory so far and are currently sitting in 20th position.

Bradford have had a better start to the league however, currently sitting in third and with just one defeat from their opening six.

The Bantams will be looking to improve on the rut they've found themselves in however, with a defeat to Leyton Orient and Lincoln City in the Papa John's Trophy, as well as a draw with Walsall.

  • Team news

Salford have no fresh injury concerns, but Tom King and Tyreik Wright have returned from international duty with Wales and Northern Ireland Under-21's. 

Donald LoveAshley Hunter and Matty Willock will also be pushing for starts after picking up minutes in recent games.

The game could see Matthew Lund and Josh Morris return to face their former club.

Meanwhile with the BantamsLee Angol and Abo Eisa will both remain sidelined for the near future, leaving the wings a little thin compared to usual.

Finn Cousin-Dawson will return from international duty with Northern Ireland Under-21's, whilst new signing Theo Robinson will push for a start.

Oscar Threlkeld will most likely start against his former side.

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  • Predicted lineups

Salford City: Jeacock; Shephard, Turnbull, Ndaba, Touray, Lowe, Lund, Morris, McAleny, Thomas-Asante, Henderson

Bradford City: O'Donnell; Threlkeld, O'Connor, Canavan, Ridehalgh, Songo'o, Watt, Gilliead, Cooke, Vernam, Cook

  • Ones to watch

Conor McAleny

A reported transfer target for Bradford in the Summer, McAleny supposedly turned down League One offers to join Salford.

McAleny is tremendously versatile, able to play through the middle or on the wing, and has already managed a goal and an assist this season, but is eager to improve.

Bradford fans are aware of what McAleny is capable of, as the former Oldham Athletic striker netted against the Bantams last season.

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Paudie O'Connor

Perhaps Bradford's answer to stopping the likes of Ian HendersonJosh Morris and McAleny, O'Connor has had a fantastic start to the season.

O'Connor has averaged a rating of 7.29 per match, as well as even netting a goal too, and looked impeccable against Walsall and Mansfield Town in recent games.

The 24-year-old is building an established partnership with Niall Canavan at the back and is strengthening the Bradford backline, giving his guidance and using his leadership skills to help guide the Bantams to third in the league.

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  • Officiating

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

Assistant referees: Philip Dermott/Shaun Hudson

Fourth official: Thomas Parsons

  • Previous meeting

Salford can hold their head with pride, having yet to be defeated by Bradford every single time the two have clashed heads.

The Ammies have conceded one goal in their previous four matches against Bradford, but last time out managed a clean sheet, as Henderson netted an injury time strike to clinch victory.

This game is a 15:00 BST kick-off, but unfortunately cannot be watched in the UK. However, it can be watched internationally through the clubs' streaming services on their website. Tickets are also still available for the match, however pay on the gate is not permitted due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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