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Match Preview | Bradford City (A)

Mid-table Bantams host the U's in League Two on Wednesday evening

7 December 2021

The U's will be looking to continue their good run of form in the league on Wednesday night at Valley Parade, when Colchester United make the journey to West Yorkshire.

The U's have been putting in good performances over the last couple of weeks, with victories over Exeter City and Swindon Town, as well as a draw against Newport County in the last Sky Bet League Two match. 

And Hayden Mullins' side put in a good showing against League One opposition on Sunday afternoon against Wigan Athletic in the Second Round of the FA Cup, but were ultimately elimitated by the Latics. 

Nevertheless, an encouraging performance will give the U's lads confidence when they take on twelfth-place Bradford City on Wednesday evening. 

U's fans were pleased to see Brendan Wiredu return to the matchday squad, coming on for the last twenty minutes of the game against Wigan. But Frank Nouble and Miles Welch-Hayes were both missing once again, with Eastman self-isolating, with those three unlikely to make the journey to Bradford. 

The Opposition
Derek Adams made the move from Morecambe to City after getting the Shrimps promoted in the 2021 League Two play-off final against Newport County. 

But over the first nineteen games of the season, the Bantams are not where they would want to be, sitting twelfth almost midway through the 2021/22 campaign. 

City are in fact winless in their last five league games, with four 1-1 draws in that period. The other was a 2-1 defeat to Tranmere Rovers, but Adams' side will be looking to get their first win since the end of October on Wednesday night. 


The Bantams made a whole host of signings in January, trying to boost their promotion push last season, and made a further ten additions in the summer. 

Former U's loanees, Abo Eisa and Theo Robinson, both put pen-to-paper on deals at Valley Parade, with Adams capturing the signing of Yann Songo'o from his former club, Morecambe. 

As one of the favourites for promotion at the start of the season, Bradford will be looking to improve on their standing before the turn of the year, and could make additions to their squad in January to help. 

Last Time We Met

The Bantams ran out deserved winners at the JobServe Community Stadium in March thanks to goals fro Kian Scales and Andy Cook. Scales' effort was curled into the top corner, before Frank Nouble had equalised with a smart header before half time. But the visitors pushed on in the second half and made another breakthrough with Andy Cook on target to seal all three points. 

If you can't get to the game on Wednesday evening, you can still watch the match with a £10 Match Pass from iFollow. Click HERE to get yours and support the U's on the road. 

Tickets are available from the Colchester United Ticket Office until 3pm on Tuesday 7th December. After that point, they will only be available on the day from the hosts. Click HERE for more information about tickets for the match. 

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