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Opposition View: Bradford City (H)

29 November 2019

Macclesfield Town host seventh placed Bradford City tomorrow at Moss Rose as Daryl McMahon’s side look to get back to winning ways.  

 The visitors came into November with 30 points and sitting second in a very tight battle at the top of the table. Since beating Exeter City on November 2, Gary Bowyer’s side have failed to secure a victory in all competitions.  

They secured a respectable 1-1 draw away at Shrewsbury Town on November 9, but since then have found themselves struggling with a 2-1 defeat to Rochdale in the EFL Trophy, a subsequent one nil defeat in their replay with Shrewsbury and most recently, a 2-1 defeat at the hands of fellow promotion chasers, Plymouth Argyle. 

Gary Bowyer spoke ahead of the clash at Moss Rose.  

He said: "They are a well-organised team. I have been to watch them a few times and studied them - on video. 

"The group will be galvanised, and they have been fighting for each other, with a clean sheet at Salford. We need to be at it." 

Last time out: 

The last time these two sides faced was on August 14, 2018 in the Carabao Cup. Fiacre Kelleher gave the Silkmen the lead with a header 15 minutes into the second half, but Luca Colville was on-hand to cancel out Macc’s brief lead with a fierce long shot two minutes later. 

Macclesfield Town came out eventual victors, winning the game 4-2 on penalties to progress to the next round and upset the Bantams, who resided in League One at the time. 

Ones to watch: 

James Vaughan has bagged five goals this season for Bowyer’s side. The experienced striker, who came through the ranks at Everton, has a plethora of Championship and League One experience and is definitely a threat the Silkmen need to be wary of.  

Clayton Donaldson is another experienced presence for the visitors. The 35-year-old striker rose up from non-league after starting at Hull City and has bagged goals at every level he has played in. The former Jamaica international played for Sheffield United as recently 2017/18. 

Injuries and suspensions: 

Jake Reeves could be set to make his first appearance since January 2018 for the Bantams. 

Matty Palmer and Shay McCartan are near to returning to full fitness for the visitors. 

Meanwhile, Theo Archibald looks a doubt for the Silkmen after picking up a knock against Mansfield two weeks ago. Macc’s top scorer missed the trip to Salford City last weekend. 

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