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Preview: Bradford Park Avenue v Harriers
December 3, 2016

Preview: Bradford Park Avenue v Harriers

Weather permitting Harriers return to league action when they travel to Bradford Park Avenue this afternoon.

The freezing weather earlier in the week meant that there was a possibility that the Horsfall Stadium pitch wouldn't be playable but the temperature has risen enough that a pitch inspection shouldn't be necessary.

Having rested a number of players for last weekend's FA Trophy win over Lincoln United John Eustace will likely make changes to the side with skipper Keith Lowe returning to the side along with Elton Ngwatala and leading scorer Arthur Gnahoua.

Bradford have not had a great season so far and find themselves in the relegation zone.  They recently appointed Mark Bower as manager, though, and have gone on a run of improved form that has seen them win four of their last five games in the league although they were knocked out of the FA Trophy at Stockport having won there in their previous league game.  Bower has loan players James Knowles and Oli Johnson available to him after not being able to use them in the Trophy last week.

This will be the first time that the clubs have met in a league game; the last time they met was in the FA Trophy in the 2014/15 season when goals from Marvin Johnson, Josh Gowling, Callum Gittings and Craig Reid gave Harriers a 4-1 win.  Overall there have been two Harriers wins and a draw from the four games played so far.

I expect Harriers to line-up as follows (4-3-3): Hornby; Williams, Francis-Angol, Lowe, Tunnicliffe; Croasdale, McQuilkin, Ngwatala; Waite, Brown, Gnahoua.
Subs (from): Austin, Carter, Dieseruvwe, Palmer, Thomas, Truslove.
Missing (injured): Hodgkiss.
Missing (on-loan): J. Brown, Clarke, Digie, Forsyth, Hancocks, Sho-Silva, Sweeney, Taylor.

The referee today will be Matthew Dicicco from North Riding.  This will be his first time in charge of a Harriers game.

The weather forecast suggests that at kick-off time it will be partly cloudy with a 5°C temperature and a 5% chance of rain.

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