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Blues vs Bantams - Five Things To Look Out For

17 August 2018

Five things to look out for ahead of Blues' game against Bradford...

The Blues Fan Area 

Ahead of this weekend's fixture, we will have a Blues Fan Area located at the top of the car park. In this area will be live music performed by Joe Gibson, a penalty shootout and basketball hoopshoot area, face painters and a Rossi ice cream trike for all fans to use in the build-up to kick-off.

Will McCoulsky start? 

On his debut, Bristol City loanee Shawn McCoulsky scored a brace for Blues against Brentford. His impressive performance has prompted some to call on Chris Powell to offer the forward a chance in the league from the start against the Bantams. it is certainly a decision to keep an eye on. 

The injury update 

Harry Lennon won’t be available for selection as the defender is still wearing a boot and will be for the next three-four weeks after suffering a fractured toe against Doncaster Rovers.  

Luke Hyam is recovering from a hamstring injury while Sam Barratt is a long-term injury concern for Blues. 

Tom Hopper will be available for selection after recovering from a slight knock. Powell opted not to rish him on Tuesday, so he is likely to come back into the fray. 

Familiar faces 

Three players could potentially face their former sides on Saturday. Timothee Dieng was a Bradford player before he signed for Chris Powell’s side in the summer and the midfielder will be keen to face his former side. 

Josh Wright is one of the two players that departed Blues and has ended up at Bradford via differing routes. The number 44 will be returning to Roots Hall for the first time as the Bantams skipper since his departure last summer, while Jack Payne is also amongst Michael Collins' squad having been signed on loan from Premier Leagu Huddersfield Town.

It's the attacking midfielder's third loan spell since leaving Roots Hall and he will be looking to replicate the form that saw him get promoted to the Championship with Blackburn Rovers last season. 

Three points 

Powell’s side will be looking to earn their first three points of the 2018/19 season on Saturday. Blues lost 3-2 to Doncaster Rovers on the opening dayof the season but made up for the defeat as they earnt a point away from home against a strong Plymouth side last weekend. Turning that defeat into a draw was the first step and on Saturday Blues will be looking to turn that one point into three point come 5pm.


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