Bradford v Chesterfield preview

Team news ahead of Tuesday's League Two clash between Bradford and Chesterfield at Coral Windows Stadium.

Last Updated: 05/11/12 at 18:39   

Egan: Poised to make his debut

Egan: Poised to make his debut

Bradford's new signing John Egan could make his debut against the Spireites.

The Sunderland central defender, 20, has signed a two-month deal as cover for injured pair Luke Oliver (Achilles) and Andrew Davies (knee), who have both been ruled out for the rest of the season.

But Bradford are expected to be without striker James Hanson, who is struggling with a virus, while midfielder Ricky Ravenhill sits out the final game of his three-match ban.

Kyel Reid (groin) remains a long-term casualty, but fellow midfielder Craig Forsyth, on loan from Watford, is available again after being ineligible for the recent Capital One Cup and FA Cup games.

Leading goalscorer Nahki Wells is hoping to return to the starting line-up after starting on the bench in Saturday's FA Cup draw at Northampton.

Captain Sam Hird and on-loan duo Liam Ridehalgh and Chris Atkinson come back into the reckoning for Chesterfield.

Hird served a one-match suspension as the Spireites smashed Hartlepool 6-1 in the FA Cup, while Huddersfield pair Ridehalgh and Atkinson were ineligible for the first-round tie.

After such an impressive showing against higher-league opposition on Saturday, manager Paul Cook must decide whether any of the trio go back into his starting line up.

Liam Cooper made his full debut against Pool after arriving on loan from Hull last week but the 21-year-old limped off late in the game and is a doubt. Should Cooper not be fit it will almost certainly open the door for Hird to return at centre-half.

Ahead of the trip to Valley Parade to face the Capital One Cup quarter-finalists, Cook said: "They're having a fantastic season, they're a very strong outfit. I watched them play at Wigan last week and they played really well on the night, it was a good cup-tie and they eventually got through.

"Going to Bradford at anytime is very difficult but if we go there and play with the same intensity as we did on Saturday, the same creativity going forward in the last third, I think we will cause Bradford problems."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

League Two Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport  
Accrington v Mansfield  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cheltenham v Fleetwood  
Chesterfld v Exeter  
Morecambe v Scunthorpe  
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend  
Torquay v Dag + Red  
Wycombe v Northamptn  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

Footer 365

Premier League: Tony Pulis hails Crystal Palace after win over Everton

Tony Pulis hailed his Crystal Palace players after they beat Everton to reach 40 points in the Premier League.

Premier League: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini vows to fight despite Sunderland draw

Manuel Pellegrini admitted the loss to Liverpool was still on Manchester City's minds as they drew with Sunderland.

Copa del Rey: Real Madrid beat arch-rivals Barcelona to win the cup final 2-1

Gareth Bale's brilliant goal five minutes from time gave Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.

Mail Box

Fatigue No Excuse For Giroud Being Cr*p

We have a long mail on why Giroud isn't very good at all, plus some more thoughts on neutrality. Plus, who do you want out of you club this summer and Liverpool moving buses...

Will Liverpool Cope With Parked Buses?

That's the real problem they're going to face next year, says one Man United fan who's already looking forward to the end of this campaign. Plus, thoughts on neutrality...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property