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PREVIEW | Yeovil Town v Bradford City

Town host the Bantams in the FA Cup

5 January 2018

Nathan Smith fires the ball upfield PPAUK

The Glovers will be looking to pull off another FA Cup upset when Bradford City visit on Saturday (3pm).

The Bantams head to Huish Park in Emirates FA Cup third round action, as Town look to see off higher league opposition for the fourth time this season. 

Southend United were dispatched in the first round, whilst Plymouth Argyle and AFC Wimbledon were seen off in the Checkatrade Trophy to complete a trio of Sky Bet League One scalps.

Both sides have won two of their last four matches, enjoying a mixed festive period. 

Yeovil recorded their first back-to-back league wins in 14 months with victories over Exeter City and Cheltenham Town, whilst Bradford have most recently seen off Fleetwood Town and Oxford United.

Despite being in a combined 198 FA Cup campaigns, Saturday's fixture will be the first cup clash between the two teams. 

In the lead up to the historic encounter, Darren Way has experienced something of a selection crisis.

Loanees Keston Davies, Sid Nelson, Olufela Olomola and Matt Worthington have returned to their parent clubs, while six others miss out through injury and suspension.

Options have been bolstered, however, with the loan addition of Jared Bird from Barnsley to ease Way's headache slightly.

As for the Bantams, they head to Somerset in buoyant mood with striker Charlie Wyke (12 goals) and Dominic Polen (six goals) their likeliest threats.

Head-to-head
Yeovil have won their last three matches against Bradford. 

With all six previous meetings coming in League One, Town's last encounter with City at Huish Park came in 2015, with Gozie Ugwu scoring the winner.

The Bantams' sole win in Somerset came 12 years ago, as Dean Windass notched a late winner.

Officials
John Brooks (Leicestershire) will be the man in the middle on Saturday.

Taking charge of what will be his 30th game of the season, it will be his first match involving the Glovers for a year. 

Overseeing the 4-2 Checkatrade Trophy win over Reading Under-23s last January, Brooks will return to Huish Park with Samuel Ogles (Hampshire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex) with Adam Bromley (Devon) acting as fourth official.  

Coverage
Pre-match interviews with manager Darren Way and Ryan Dickson can be viewed on the club's iFollow Glovers section.

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC's official Twitter account and live matchday centre.

If you’re unable to attend the game, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

A full match report will follow on YTFC.net at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after.  

Tickets
Supporters can buy tickets both in advance and on the day. With discounted prices compared to league fixtures, take in FA Cup action at Huish Park this weekend from as little as £15 for an adult and £5 for juniors. Click here for more information.


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