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Injured man returns, 21-y/o out: The Bradford XI we expect Bowyer to field v Exeter

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Gary Bowyer will be looking for a response from his Bradford City side after they slipped to a 2-1 loss to Port Vale last week. 

With their game against Macclesfield Town postponed on Saturday, the Bantams will now be looking to bounce back against second-place Exeter City.

Bradford are one of a host of teams tussling at the top of League Two, with just seven points separating first from 10th.

What will the result be on Saturday?

Bradford win

Bradford win

Draw

Draw

Exeter win

Exeter win

Bowyer’s side sit sixth as things stand, knowing that a win against Exeter could see them go top of the table should results elsewhere go their way.

After suffering a disappointing relegation from League One last season, Bradford’s eyes will no doubt be on restricting their stay in the fourth division of English football to just one year.

A win against Exeter would be a big step in the right direction, helping them climb up the table and sending a real statement of intent to their promotion rivals.

It will not be easy, however, as Matt Taylor’s side have made a fantastic start to the season so far and will be eyeing up the top spot themselves.

With that in mind, here is the XI that we expect Bowyer to field at Valley Parade on Saturday.

Richard O’Donnell is the only Bradford player to start every single League Two game so far and that doesn’t seem like something that is going to change on Saturday.

The 31-year-old may have his work cut out for him, however, as Exeter’s front three, Ryan Bowman, Lee Martin, and Nicky Law, have scored 15 goals between them in the league this season.

O’Donnell will undoubtedly be looking for some help from his defensive line, which has performed impressively this season. Bowyer is somewhat spoilt for choice at centre-back but it seems like that Ben Richards-Everton and Anthony O’Connor will reprise their roles.

Bowyer is missing a number of midfield options due to injury, so a midfield trio of Callum Cooke, Hope Akpan, and Daniel Devine looks likely to start against the Grecians.

Bowyer confirmed yesterday that wide man Dylan Connolly had returned to fitness and we may see him return to the starting line up for this top-of-the-table tie, with 21-year-old Aramide Oteh dropping out.

James Vaughan is the Bantams leading scorer this season and bagged a goal against Port Vale, so he looks certain to lead the line for Bowyer’s side, with Zeli Ismail shifting to the left to cater for Connolly’s return.


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