Bradford City vs Peterborough United match preview

Posh will travel to Valley Parade for Graham Westley’s first match in the hot seat. The former Stevenage manager was appointed on Tuesday and will hope to prove himself against a physical Bradford side.

Bradford City will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing draw with Sheffield United last weekend. The Bantams had a 2-0 advantage with half an hour remaining but James Meredith, who had earlier scored at the right end, steered into his own net, and Billy Sharp grabbed his 5th goal back in Blades colours. Despite their slow start to this campaign, Bradford boast a strong squad. Former Premier League players Brad Jones is between the sticks infront of the astonishing crowds at Valley Parade. Physical frontman James Hanson will be a handful for the posh central defenders as he aims to add to his three goals this term.

Jermaine Anderson will serve the first game of his three match ban
Jermaine Anderson will serve the first game of his three match ban

Posh will be without midfielder Jermaine Anderson who will serve a 3 match ban after the water bottle incident in last weeks draw with Walsall. Former caretaker boss Grant McCann appealed for the decision to be overturned by the FA in midweek, but his application was dismissed. Fellow central midfielder Harry Beautyman is also on the sidelines but will hope to return in the coming weeks. While Jack Baldwin is nearing a return after nearly a year on the treatment table.

As for the Bantams, Luke James will be able to play no part in this weekends match as he is currently on loan from the ABAX Stadium. The only Phil Parkinson will have to deal with in the doubts surrounding Josh Morris, otherwise the newly contracted manager has a fully fit squad to face Posh.

 

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