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Match Preview: Bradford City

12 September 2022

Match Previews

Match Preview: Bradford City

12 September 2022

Action has returned to Prenton Park as Bradford City are the latest side to take on Micky Mellon’s men on home soil.

The fixture is the first since the extremely sads news of the passing of HM The Queen Elizabeth II and both players and staff will mark the occasion with multiple marks of respect including black armbands and a minute silence.

But after football at all levels was cancelled last weekend, Tranmere will look to get back to winning ways after suffering a 2-0 defeat to table toppers Leyton Orient last time out.

A positive result will begin to continue last season’s formidable home form which saw Rovers occupy a play-off spot for the large majority of last season and  Rovers have won their past two home league games and look to make it three on the bounce against Mark Hughes’ side.

As for Bradford, they’ve started the season fairly positively picking up three wins from their first seven games as well as picking up two draws. 

After remaining unbeaten in their last three games, it’s going to be a challenge for the Whites to break Hughes’ side down who have only conceded six goals so far this campaign.

Team News:

Rovers remain without the availability of Tom Davies, Luke Robinson, Kyle Jameson and Charlie Jolley. Kieron Morris is set to return to full training this week whilst Paul Glatzel and Dynel Simeu are avaialble for selection.

One to Watch: Richard Smallwood

After coming through the ranks in the North-East with Middlesborough, Smallwood made over 50 appearances at the Riverside and left 4 years on from his professional debut.

In 2014 he went out on loan to Rotherham United in a move which turned permanent and Smallwood spent three years at Rotherham totting up over a century of games for the Millers.

More recently Smallwood has enjoyed spells in England’s second and third tier with Blackburn Rovers and Hull City respectively before joining Bradford in the summer.

A huge signing for a league two side, Smallwood got an early goal to add to his statistics in the 2-0 win over Newport County and will look to add to those figures as the season progresses. 

Manager: Mark Hughes

An attacking player who played for some unbelievable clubs across his playing career, Mark Hughes is no name to be sniffed at in the football world.

Featuring heavily for Manchester United before spells with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Southampton, Hughes has played at some of the biggest clubs in the world.

After finishing his career at Blackburn Rovers, he took over as Wales manager until 2004 and then spent four years in charge at his old club Blackburn.

He then had spells in the Premier League with Manchester City and Fulham before spending five years at Stoke City. His final Premier League job to date was with Southampton which ended after nine months and 3 months later he was announced at the Valley Parade as Bradford City manager.

An announcement that shocked thousands, Hughes was ready to take on what he considered to be a big club and take them back to the level he believed they should be at.

After finishing 14th in the fourth-tier last campaign, Hughes will be aiming to get Valley Parade bouncing with one of the highest average home attendances across the bottom two tiers and see Bradford have a much more successful season.

Match coverage:

Tuesday's game will be streamed live on iFollow in both the UK and abroad! Click here to get your match pass now for just £10

You can also follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report. 

Twitter: @tranmererovers 

Facebook: @trfcofficial 

Instagram: @tranmererovers 

Match reaction from Micky Mellon and a player will follow on our website and YouTube channel.

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