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Bradford have no new injury concerns.

The Bantams go into the game five points adrift of the play-off places, albeit with a game in hand on seventh-placed Exeter.

But anything less than a win against the Cobblers, who themselves are chasing a top three spot, could leave City with too much to do.

Phil Parkinson, whose side have lost just one of their last nine games, is only without long-term injury absentee Luke Oliver (Achilles).

The manager made just one change from Good Friday's draw against Southend to Easter Monday's defeat of Torquay - recalling Nahki Wells for Zavon Hines - and is once again unlikely to tinker too much.

Alan Connell, Will Atkinson and Nathan Doyle are ready for action, though, if Parkinson does decide to make changes.

Veteran striker Clive Platt is fit for Northampton's trip.

Platt, 35, sat out Monday's defeat at Cheltenham on the bench after a calf injury forced him off during the home win over Torquay three days previously.

Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd said: "Clive is fit and he'll be ready for Bradford. I thought the team did really well in the second half at Cheltenham so I didn't really see the need to bring him on."

Platt's return means Boothroyd has just two absentees, with captain Kelvin Langmead continuing his rehabilitation following last month's knee operation and striker Alex Nicholls - who travelled with the squad to Cheltenham - still recovering from a broken leg.

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 25 October 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Tranmere  
Cambridge Utd v Hartlepool  
Carlisle v Oxford Utd  
Luton v Northamptn  
Newport v Accrington  
Plymouth v Cheltenhm  
Shrewsbury v Portsmth  
Southend v Bury  
Stevenage v Burton Alb  
Wycombe v Dag + Red  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wycombe 14 10 28
2 Burton Alb 14 2 28
3 Luton 14 7 27
4 Bury 14 7 26
5 Shrewsbury 14 11 24
6 Plymouth 14 6 23
7 Morecambe 14 4 23
8 Newport 14 4 22
9 Cheltenhm 14 1 22
10 Southend 14 1 21
11 Portsmth 14 0 20
12 AFC W'don 14 -1 19
13 Exeter 14 -2 19
14 Accrington 14 -4 19
15 Cambridge Utd 14 7 18
16 Northamptn 14 1 18
17 Mansfield 14 -4 18
18 Stevenage 14 -4 17
19 Oxford Utd 14 -3 16
20 Dag + Red 14 -7 14
21 Carlisle 14 -8 12
22 York City 14 -7 11
23 Hartlepool 14 -14 11
24 Tranmere 14 -7 10

Updated Tue, 21 Oct 2014

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