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MATCH PREVIEW: WIGAN ATHLETIC V BRADFORD CITY

17 March 2016

A closer look at Bradford City in 2015/16 and previous meetings with the Bantams.

  • Latics host Bradford City on Saturday 19 March.
  • Gary Caldwell’s looking to strengthen automatic promotion position, as Bradford aim to solidify play-off hopes.
  • Introducing Bradford, a closer look at their season so far and some classic meetings with Latics.
Sky Bet League One
Wigan Athletic v Bradford City
Saturday 19 March 2016, kick-off 3pm
DW Stadium

PREVIEW


Gary Caldwell's Latics will be looking to return to winning ways when Bradford City visit on Saturday afternoon, after the 3-3 draw away at Colchester United became Latics' third consecutive point in Sky Bet League One.

Latics' run of draws have seen Walsall pull level in third place following their 1-0 victory away at Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night.

The Bantams arrive at the DW Stadium facing a Latics side on a 15-game unbeaten run which stretches back to before Christmas, but Phil Parkinson's side come in fine form themselves, losing just once in their last eight outings.

Bradford are unbeaten in three and have won back-to-back games at the Coral Windows Stadium before this one, beating title chasing Burton Albion and lowly Doncaster Rovers to rise into sixth place in the division, three points inside the play-off places above Coventry City.

ROCHD IN 2015/16 SO FAR



Position: 6th
Last six (league): DWLDWW
Biggest win: 4-0 v Peterborough United (A)
Biggest defeat: 1-4 v Swindon Town (A)
Home record: W9 D5 L4
Away record: W7 D5 L6
Goals scored: 43 (23H 20A)
Goals conceded: 37 (16H 21A)
Leading goal-scorer: James Hanson 8 (10 in all competitions)

TEAM NEWS

Michael Jacobs, Reece James, Jason Pearce and Conor McAleny all missed last Saturday's 3-3 draw at Colchester United, with Gary Caldwell revealing that Jacobs was now out on the training pitches returning to light activities, whilst he also expected Pearce and McAleny's situations to improve following slight muscle injuries.

Chris McCann will be serving his final match of a two-game ban after picking up his 10th yellow card of the season in our last home game against Peterborough United.

First teamers Christopher Routis, Greg Leigh, Josh Morris, Paul Anderson and Billy Knott all featured for Bradford in their midweek Final Third Development League victory over Latics at the Coral Windows Stadium, with loanee Josh Cullen also in action during the week for West Ham United's Under 21s against Liverpool.

Question marks remain over Cullen's fitness after he competed for two hours in the U21 Premier League Cup win, and over Tony McMahon who has a problem with his hamstring.  Good news for the Bantams comes in the form of their leading goal scorer James Hanson, who appeared as a second half substitute in their recent victory over Doncaster Rovers after missing out on the Burton Albion win due to illness.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

In 23 meetings in league matches, Bradford just edge Latics with nine wins to eight, with six draws, dating back to our first season in the Football League when Bradford won 3-1 at Springfield Park on 16 September 1978.

The two teams locked horns regularly in the late 1970s, early 1980s and early 1990s, but clashes have been sporadic since, with only three meetings in all competitions between 1993 and 2012 ahead of the game earlier this season.

Biggest win: Latics 4 Bradford City 1, 29 September 1979, Football League Division Four.

Mickey Moore, Tommy Gore, Joe Hinnigan and Peter Houghton struck gold for Latics at the start of the 1979/80 season, with just a David Staniforth goal in reply to the superiority at Springfield Park, as Ian McNeill's side inflicted the Bantams' first defeat of the season, knocking them off top spot and into third.

The victory lifted Latics from 14th to 12th, in a season which would ultimately see them miss out on promotion by five points.

Biggest win: Latics 4 Bradford City 1, 23 January 1982, Football League Division Four.



Les Bradd watches his effort find the Bradford net in 1982.

Included here as a joint biggest victory, Les Bradd and Micky Quinn were joined by a Peter Houghton brace, with one again only a single reply from the visitors in the form of soon to be familiar face Bobby Campbell, who would go on to join Latics four years later.

The convincing win moved Latics up from fourth to third in the table at the expense of the Bantams, but by the end of the season they'd swapped once more, Bradford promoted in second, Latics promoted in third.

Biggest defeat: Bradford City 6 Latics 2, 27 December 1983, Football League Division Three.

Meeting for the first time since being promoted together from Division Four, Bradford delivered some sought after payback following the 4-1 drubbing they received at Springfield Park, by putting six past Latics courtesy of Mark Ellis, a John Hawley hat-trick and a brace from Terry Gary.

John Butler and David Lowe were on target as Latics slipped from 16th to 19th, whilst the Bantams rose to 16th themselves.



Learn more about our history against Bradford in the match day programme courtesy of the BBC's Paul Rowley.

IN REVERSE - BRADFORD CITY 1 LATICS 1



Just over 10 minutes separated the two goals as Latics picked up a point at the Coral Windows Stadium back in October, with James Hanson claiming Bradford's equaliser after Michael Jacobs struck the opening goal from distance.

Latics were hoping to close the gap on the automatic promotion places at the time, with the draw leaving them fifth in the table, five behind Walsall, whilst Bradford were five points behind Gary Caldwell's men in 14th.

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