Macclesfield Town take a break from EFL action on this evening, as we prepare to take on Sky Bet League One side Bradford City in the Carabao Cup.
It’s been six years since the Silkmen last participated in the competition’s First Round, when two Emile Sinclair goals saw off Hull City at the KCOM Stadium in a giant killing act that will live long in the memory of all associated with Macclesfield Town.
Bradford on the other hand also have fine League Cup pedigree - famously reaching the Final against Swansea in 2012/13, beating the likes of Aston Villa and Arsenal on the way.
So ahead of what will be yet another momentous occasion at the Moss Rose, here’s everything you need to know in the lead up to the match.
With the exception of Elliott Durrell, who continues to recover from a groin injury, once again Mark Yates has a number of big decisions to make ahead of the clash.
Deadline day signing Peter Vincenti could make his debut, but Yates could also hand out debuts to the likes of Ben Stephens, James Pearson and Miles Welch-Hayes.
One to Watch – Sean Scannell
Sean Scannell is a touch of class in the Bradford ranks. The winger blossomed in Crystal Palace’s youth academy, winning the club’s Young Player of The Year award and being voted the Championship Apprentice of The Year in the 2008/09 season, whilst representing the Republic of Ireland in their U17, U18, U19 and U21 sides.
Simon Grayson made him his first signing at Huddersfield Town in 2012 for an undisclosed fee and he stayed with the Terriers for six seasons, racking up over 150 appearances.
Still only 27-years-old, Scannell could prove to be a shrewd acquisition to Michael Collins’ side this season.
Last Time Out: Bradford 1 Macclesfield 0 – 21stApril 2012
A solitary James Hanson goal was enough to give the Bantams all three points in our last encounter.
The big striker’s close-range header from Craig Fagan’s cross proved to be an important one as the three points meant Bradford’s League Two safety was confirmed.
The Silkmen put pressure on the Bradford defence throughout the game, however an inspired performance from City goalkeeper Matt Duke made sure it wasn’t to be for Macc.
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PLEASE NOTE - There will be no extra-time tonight. If the match ends in a draw then we will go straight to penalties.
By Andrew Gate