Newport County vs Bradford City preview: How to watch, kick-off time, predicted lineups, team news, officiating and ones to watch
Above: Newport County interim manager Wayne Hatswell, who has had a flying start in charge. (Photo taken by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

Wayne Hatswell will continue his interim period in charge of Newport County with the challenge of Bradford City.

Hatswell began the post-Michael Flynn era with a thumping victory over Scunthorpe United last Saturday, with goals from Oliver CooperCourtney Baker-Richardson and Dominic Telford seeing off the challenge of the Iron

Bradford on the other hand finally ended a shaky run last Saturday against Rochdale, as goals from Andy Cook and Alex Gilliead finished their seven game malaise.

Bantams manager Derek Adams will be prepared for an unfriendly reception on Saturday, after denying Newport promotion to Sky Bet League One in the play-off final last campaign, and instead steering an unlikely Morecambe side to the third tier.

Team news

Hatswell will be missing long-term absentees Priestley FarquharsonScot Bennett and Courtney Senior on Saturday, whilst Cooper picked up a knock against Scunthorpe.

Kevin Ellison may be hoping to make an impact against Adams, who share a public rivalry following a falling out during Ellison's departure from Morecambe.

Ellison and Matt Dolan, who previously netted a brace against Bradford, may both start against their former employers.

Bradford were boosted by the return of Abo Eisa to training on Thursday morning, meaning the Sudanese winger may be available for a bench appearance.

Lee AngolNiall Canavan and Caolan Lavery all remain absent, meaning Yann Songo'o is likely to retain his place in centre-back. 

Predicted lineups

Newport County: Day; Norman, Clarke, Dolan, Demetriou, Haynes, Azaz, Upson, Willmott, Telford, Baker-Richardson

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

Ones to watch

Matt Dolan

A former Bradford player and one who is tremendously versatile, Dolan has become a fantastic weapon at Newport's disposal.

Working excellently in a back five, Dolan acts as a ball playing centre-back who can emerge into the midfield should his support be needed. With a goal from defence already this season, Dolan will be eager to add to that on Saturday, as he netted twice against the Bantams last campaign, including a world class free-kick.

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Levi Sutton

Whilst he hasn't had too many chances to impress so far this season, Sutton is the name on every Bradford fans lips right now.

The hard-working midfielder shone against Rochdale, being the difference in midfield and allowing Elliot Watt to act as the more creative playmaker. Sutton does the dirty work, battling for possession and using his workhorse attitude to cause a problem for any sort of creative presence. 

Speaking to the Bradford Telegraph & Argus prior to kick-off, Sutton claimed that the Bantams "owed them one" when it came to facing Newport, which is the sort of eager attitude the supporters are looking for. 

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Officiating

Referee: Sam Purkiss

Assistant referees: Darren Wilding/Sam Allison

Fourth official: Simon Snartt

Previous meeting

It was misery for Bradford last season, who twice were defeated by Newport. Last time out however, the Bantams took the lead via then-loanee Cook, but his strike was later cancelled out by Dolan with an excellent free-kick, before the defender rifled home a last minute spot kick to win the game.

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How to watch

​​​​​​​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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