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Bradford vs. Swansea

INTERSONIC STADIUM

13th Jan 07

3pm

Bradford vs Swansea City

After last week's success and triumph in the FA Cup, Kenny Jackett will be hoping to transfer that over to the League when his side travel to Bradford tomorrow.

The Swans boss faces a tough test with up to 11 players missing for the match against the Bantams.

Vital Quotes:

Bradford boss, Colin Todd: 'I think they're the best team in the division,'

'I certainly feel they'll be up there fighting for automatic promotion at the end of the season and we'll be the underdogs this weekend.

'They have kept the momentum going this season.

'They started off badly and I think if you spoke to their manager he'd tell you he expected to be in a better position early on.

'But they've strengthened their squad and they seem to be timing their run just right.'

Kenny Jackett: 'I've banged the drum with the players about forgetting that game and focusing on Bradford,'

'Having said that, we could do with exactly the same hunger, desire and attitude we had against Sheffield United tomorrow.

'Bradford's form may have been a bit up and down this season, but this is our third successive weekend in Yorkshire and we'll get nothing if our application's not right.'

Bradford Team News:

New loan signing and left winger Carlos Logan will be hoping to get a game while striker Dean Windass returns after suspension.

Jermaine Johnston is out with a hamstring injury, Eddie Johnson has shin splints but Richard Edghill, Ben Muirhead and Matt Clarke are all hoping to start.

Player to watch: Dean Windass

The 37 year-old striker is still knocking them in for Bradford and has scored 9 league goals so far this season.

Swansea Team News:

Jackett could have up to 11 players missing for tomorrow's game. Dennis Lawrence is the latest doubt as he faces a late fitness test after having a throat infection.

Marcos Painter should return though and will join new loan signing Richard Duffy. If Lawrence doesn't make it, Iriekpen should get a rare chance to start.

Ian Craney, Lee Trundle and Alan Tate are all suspended and they join Owain Tudur-Jones, Darren Way, Darren Pratley, Garry Monk, Andy Robinson, Kevin Amankwaah and Shaun MacDonald on the sidelines.

Butler looks set to keep his place in the side after his heroics in the FA Cup. Tommy Williams will probably replace Robinson on the left side of midfield.

In the centre O'Leary could pair up with Britton as Jackett may decide to go with Butler on the right flank.

Player to watch: Richard Duffy

It'll be good to see Duffy back in a white shirt and to see how he's progressed since leaving us 3 years ago. He'll start at right back tomorrow.

Match Facts & Stats

After a good start, Bradford have now dropped down to 13th place after peaking a top 3 position at the end of August.

Bradford are going through poor form at home, apart from the 1-0 win against Chesterfield in mid-December, their last league home win was September 30th.

They've won 3 games in the last 10, losing 4 and drawing 3.

Bradford also concede most of their goals in the first 15 minutes, and are most frequent of scoring in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

Hardly surprisingly, Swansea concede a vast majority of their goals in the second half. Only 4 goals have been put past us in the first half.

Our most conceded period doesn't work well with Bradford, we concede the most goals during the period where the Bantams score the most.

So getting away from all this in-depth scoring nonsense, our away record isn't too bad really. We beat Sheffield United 3-0 in the cup, should have beaten Huddersfield but threw away a 2-goal lead and beat Crewe 3-1.

Match Prediction:

Bradford are low in confidence, especially at home and despite us having a whole side absent we still have enough quality to beat them. I think we'll grab a 2-1 win.

Perdict the score here

Next Fixtures:

Saturday, 20 January 2007
Swansea v Nottm Forest, 15:00

Tuesday, 23 January 2007
Swansea v Gillingham, 19:45

Saturday, 27 January 2007
FA Cup
Chester/Ipswich v Swansea, 15:00




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Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 12 2007

Time: 1:27PM

Your Comments

Tate not at right back, why ? i hope Duffy wasn't bought for that position and Tate being used in positions not best suited to him.
cyjax
Sorry didn't notice Tate suspended
cyjax
cum on u jacks
naythan_swan
Come on you Bradford! Sorry guys.
wemaybefamousagain
confidence will be high in the camp for this one
sbrjack
wemaybefamousagain - v.much doubt it!
KevinE
It will be a shock to me if we win this, i hope we do but i can't see us putting in the same effort as last week, and we still have a lot of key players missing
cyjax
Good point for us but out of the play-off places!! We're looking quite hard to beat lately with the exception of Huddersfield...but we were 2-0 up there so we seem to be on an up!
Jackman2006
 

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