Swindon v Bradford preview

Date published: Thursday 1st January 1970 12:00

Swindon v Bradford preview

Swindon will aim to start the new season on a bright note as they begin their Sky Bet League One campaign at home against Bradford.
The Robins were one game away from earning promotion to the Championship but suffered a heavy 4-0 Wembley defeat at the hands of Preston in the play-off final.
Boss Mark Cooper will field an almost entirely new group of players having lost a total of 18 men this summer – 10 released, two sold and six loanees returning to their parent clubs.
However, Cooper has added loanees Jordan Turnbull of Southampton and Kevin Stewart and Jordan Williams of Liverpool while also adding Drissa Traore, Fabien Robert and Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill to his ranks as they look to gain promotion this season.
Bradford’s latest summer signing Greg Leigh will go straight into boss Phil Parkinson’s squad after signing a one-year contract on Friday.
The former Manchester City left-back has a fight on his hands to force his way into the starting line-up, but could be among the substitutes.
Winger Filipe Morais will miss most of the season after rupturing knee ligaments during training at the end of last month so new signing Paul Anderson is expected to make his first competitive appearance.
Nathan Clarke is likely to form a new centre-back partnership alongside player of the year Rory McArdle, while other summer recruits Steven Davies, Josh Morris, Tony McMahon, Luke James and Mark Marshall are hoping to make their debuts.

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