Preview: Bradford City vs Burton Albion

After a toothless performance at Roots Hall, City need to bounce back with a win at Valley Parade against recently relegated Burton Albion this Tuesday.

It’s been a hectic week at City, with the club announcing on Thursday that promising youngster Tyrell Robinson had been suspended with immediate effect, after being arrested on arrival at Macclesfield on Tuesday. What followed was a disappointing performance against Southend, resulting in a 2-0 defeat to The Shrimpers through Tom Hopper and Simon Cox goals.

Head coach Collins slammed the performance, deeming it unacceptable, in a piece with the Telegraph and Argus riddled with clichés, much to the annoyance of the City faithful.

A much better performance is to be expected when The Bantams host Burton this Tuesday. The visitors only got off the mark in their return to the third tier last Saturday, when they defeated Doncaster 1-0 at the Pirelli through a Liam Boyce goal, making that 3 in 3 for the former Ross County man. The visitors are looking for their first victory at Valley Parade since 2013, when a Calvin Zola double spearheaded The Brewers in a 3-2 victory in the first leg of the League Two Playoff Semi Finals.

During the loss at Southend, City sought out to get back into the game by reverting to the ever reliable 4-4-2 formation; a formation much more familiar to City fans. The main argument against the new 4-2-3-1 formation implemented by Collins is the weakness the formation has up top, with the one lone striker being very much isolated and bullied out of the game. Eoin Doyle, though he may be a prolific goal scorer, is understandably finding it difficult in this situation.

A 4-4-2 return could be very much in the offing heading into Tuesday and would offer a better goalscoring threat for The Bantams. However, the lack of depth up top for City is worrying, with only Doyle, Miller and Brunker at the disposal of Collins, with Alex Jones still fighting to get back to fitness.

Burton player to look out for- Liam Boyce.

Boyce has scored 3 goals in as many games for Burton, and after missing much of last season through a serious knee injury, he’ll be keen to show his worth of being Burton’s club record signing this season. He is in fine form currently and will be a serious threat to the City backline with his clinical finishing.

Prediction- A win for City is much needed, but with the current form and recent performances, it’s hard to see where City could outclass Burton. A return to my pessimistic ways here, I’m going 0-2 win to the visitors.

Potential City XI-

O’Donnell

Mellor, O’Connor, McGowan, Riley

Scannell, Akpan, Wright, Colville

Doyle, Miller.

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