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Storylines: Bradford City

18 January 2019

A look ahead to Bradford with some key talking points surrounding the game at the Northern Commercials Stadium...

New Boys…

Both sides could feature new signings in their starting XI’s come 3 o’clock.

Blues have bolstered their ranks with the arrival of Sam Hart while the Bantams have brought in midfielder Jermaine Anderson.

Commenting on the arrival of Hart, a left-back on loan until the end of the season from Blackburn Rovers, Chris Powell said he gives “new energy” to the group. It was an area that needed strengthening following the injury to Ben Coker at Sunderland in October which left just Stephen Hendrie as the only other left-back in the squad.

Bradford also strengthened this week, bringing Jermaine Anderson in to bolster their midfield options. He signs from fellow League One side Peterborough on a permanent transfer.

Facing Former Sides…

In the two starting XI’s could be players who previously donned the shirt of the opposition they will face tomorrow. 

Timothee Dieng is in line to make his first return to his former stomping ground where he spent two years before joining Blues in the summer.

On the other side is Jack Payne, a graduate of Southend’s Academy, who played 88 games in three years in the first team for Blues.

Josh Wright is another member of the Bradford squad that could come up against his former side having been at Blues in the 2017/18 season. However, the midfielder hasn’t featured since a Checkatrade Trophy tie against Barnsley in November. In total Wright has made 16 appearances for the Bantams and has been linked with a move away in January.

First away game of 2019…

Due to Doncaster Rovers’ Emirates FA Cup tie on the first weekend of the year, tomorrow’s trip to the Northern Commercials Stadium is Southend’s first away game of 2019.

Blues will be hoping for better than their return in the away games in 2018 which saw them pick up a total of 28 points from 24 road games – a possible 72 points on offer. That works out at 1.16 points per game.

Blues got off to the worst possible start in 2018 with a defeat to AFC Wimbledon on 1 January. With the first away game of 2019 coming on 19 January, can Blues begin the year on a positive note when they face David Hopkin’s Bradford?

Bouncing back from defeats…

Plymouth were 3-2 victors against Southend last weekend and 22nd-placed Bradford were on the end of loss away at Barnsley, also conceding three goals.

Bradford have won four of their last six, though, and in the four wins they scored 13 goals and conceded none.

Both sides will want to desperately get back to winning ways.

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