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Bradford City v Sutton preview

9 April 2023

Sutton will hope to keep Sky Bet League Two play-off hopes alive as U's continue the Easter programme with a visit to one of the teams currently in a top seven position, Bradford City. We will be wearing green.

One of the pre-season favourites for promotion, Bradford have been challenging for much of the season and although it has been in and around the play-off zone they are still only four points off an automatic promotion place, with a game in hand over third placed Carlisle, and go in to Monday's game unbeaten in their last nine games, although five of their last six have been drawn, most recently on Friday away to relegation-threatened Crawley. They have the division's leading scorer in Andy Cook, who scored the first of Bradford's two goals in the 2-0 win at Sutton in November, but defender Matty Platt was sent off at Crawley and so will miss Monday's game through suspension.

Sutton are now without a win in five games and are seven points outside the play-off zone and eight behind Bradford, so will be looking for three points to keep a challenge alive. Craig Eastmond and Will Randall both came off injured in Friday's home defeat to Stockport and U's will wait to see how they respond, while Lee Angol is likely to be in the squad, having played for Bradford in last season's corresponding encounter and scored Bradford's second equaliser in the 2-2 draw, although he earlier survived appeals for a goal-line handball.

Monday's referee is Ross Joyce, who is in his eighth season as an EFL referee and has taken charge of U's once before, the 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe early last season.

As it is a Bank Holiday game it is being streamed live on our iFollow service in the UK and overseas, and match passes, priced £10, can be bought here.

There are no in person sales to Sutton supporters on the day, but if you haven't already bought a ticket it is possible to buy on line at the ground by scanning the QR code on the wall next to the away turnstile in Midland Road. Prices on the day are: Adults (age 24-65) £25; Seniors (age 65+) and Young Person (age 17-23) £20; Youth (age 12-16) £10; Junior (age 11 and under) £5.

The Supporters' coach leaves at 7.15am.

Drivers should leave the M62 at junction 26 and take the M606 in to Bradford. At end of the motorway take the middle or right-hand lane and follow signs for Ring Road East (under the tunnel) onto Rooley Lane (signs for Leeds Bradford Airport). Go through the traffic lights by Asda then go left at the roundabout in to Wakefield Road, staying in the middle lane. Cross two roundabouts following signs to Shipley and Skipton on to Shipley Airedale Road, the A6037, which becomes Canal Road.  After Tesco and Smyths, go through the traffic lights and turn left on to Station Road, the A6177, and left again to Queens Road. Midland Road is second on the left. With no parking at the ground, street parking is available in Midland Road or Queens Road.

Anyone travelling by train has probably made their arrangements already, but for those that haven't Bradford has two stations, Forster Square which is closer to the ground, about a 5-10 minute walk away (the line in to the station runs past the ground) and Interchange, which is further away. There is one direct service outbound from King's Cross to Interchange at 10.57, arriving at 14.00, but no direct services returning. All other services require a change at Leeds. Trains for Leeds leave King's Cross at 03 and 33 minutes past the hour, and from Leeds trains are about every 15 minutes to Forster Square, with some requiring a change at Shipley. The total journey time is about three hours. Go to for details. Return from Forster Square on the hour and half hour, again changing at Leeds in all cases.



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