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Bradford v Posh: Match Preview

26 September 2015

Posh travel to Valley Parade to face Bradford City on Saturday.

Peterborough United make the trip north to face Phil Parkinson's Bradford City at Valley Parade in Sky Bet League One action on Saturday (3pm).

It will be the first game in charge for new Posh boss Graham Westley, who was appointed as the club's new manager on Monday.

The Bantams drew 2-2 with Sheffield United in their last fixture, throwing away a 2-0 lead in the process, but they are a formidable force in front of their own supporters with a big crowd expected at Valley Parade.

Posh have collected four points from the last six available with a 1-1 draw against Walsall at the ABAX Stadium the last result obtained by Grant McCann as caretaker manager.

In terms of team news, Posh are without the services of midfielder Jermaine Anderson who will serve the first of a three match ban following his red card for an 'act of violent conduct' against Walsall.

Harry Beautyman is unavailable due to a thigh injury while Joe Gormley picked up an injury in the development fixture at Norwich City earier this week. Michael Bostwick returns from suspension and is available for selection while Jack Baldwin is nearing full fitness after a long spell on the sidelines.

Defender Reece Burke's loan spell at Bradford City from Premier League side West Ham has been extended by a month. Burke, 19, has played every minute of the Bantams' five League One matches and not been on the losing side since he moved to Valley Parade in August.


Luke James cannot play against his parent club as part of the loan agreement between the two sides. James has been on the fringes of the first team since making the move ahead of the campaign.


Posh boss Graham Westley said in this week's press conference that goalkeeper Ben Alnwick will continue wearing the captain's armband at this moment in time: 'Ben enjoys wearing the armband. It is an unusual one for me as I have never had a goalkeeper wearing the armband for me as far as I am concerned I would have someone further forward down the spine of your team, but he is wearing the armband. He is a terrific lad and I will see how that goes.'


Posh did the double over the Bantams last season with Kyle Vassell scoring the winner in the 1-0 win at Valley Parade. In fact, Posh have won four out of the last six meetings between the two sides.


The game is not all-ticket for Posh fans and as at 10am on Friday, 213 tickets had been sold in advance for the game.


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