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Storylines: Bradford City

27 February 2017

Club News

Storylines: Bradford City

27 February 2017 details the storylines to follow heading into Tuesday’s Sky Bet League One clash with Bradford City at the Northern Commercials Stadium...

Back-to-back at Bradford
After returning to winning ways at the weekend, the Dons will be out to make it back-to-back successes when they visit Yorkshire this coming Tuesday evening.

Having gone three games without a victory before Saturday’s 2-1 triumph over Shrewsbury Town, Robbie Neilson’s side will want to maintain the winning feeling for as long as possible as they look to climb up the Sky Bet League One table.

It won’t be easy, though. The fifth-placed Bantams only been defeated twice in the league since November, while are the only side in the division who have yet to lose at home this season.

Can the Dons be the first side to take three points away from the Northern Commercials Stadium and secure concesuctive victories for only the second time all campaign?

Strength in numbers
Aside from Scott Wootton, who is a long-term absentee, the Dons will be at full strength on Tuesday following the return of Ed Upson from suspension –Neilson, therefore, will have plenty of tough decisions to make.

After such a solid win, Neilson may be tempted to remain with the same starting XI in the hopes they can use the momentum to collect another positive result.

He may, though, want to bring in fresh legs for what is set to be a tough evening against the Bantams, especially with another testing trip to Millwall on the horizon too – Dean Lewington,  the aforementioned Upson, Dean Bowditch and Nicky Maynard are among those who could start if Neilson opts for change.

Regardless of what Neilson decides to do, the Dons boss finds himself in a positive situation even if he’ll have to battle a few headaches in the lead up to kick-off.

Bogey team
Only Peterborough United have enjoyed more success over the Dons among their 23 Sky Bet League One opponents.

In the 13 matches between the two clubs, it’s the Yorkshiremen who have come out on top the most with eight victories to their name, including six wins in the last seven meetings.

That said, the Dons have enjoyed some memorable successes over the Bantams in the past – the 4-1 away triumph in 2005 and the 2-1 win in 2008 which secured the League Two title for Paul Ince’s side are two that spring to mind.

The men from MK1 will be hoping Tuesday’s clash proves to be another memorable encounter and not one they’d rather forget.

Robbie Neilson is sure to discuss these topics and more in his pre-match press conference on Monday.

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