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  • on 30.08.2011
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Bradford City v Sheffield Wednesday – Match Preview

Tuesday 30th Aug 2011, 7:45 pm KO, Valley Parade (SS1)

Phil Parkinson will take charge of his first game as new Bradford City manager as they host Sheffield Wednesday in tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game at Valley Parade.

The former Charlton boss replaces Peter Jackson who resigned after his side picked up just a single point from their opening four league games.

Sheffield Wednesday on the other hand have been in excellent form at home, but are still looking for their first away win of the season and are 5/4 (Ladbrokes) to win tonight, whilst Bradford are 9/4 (Victor Chandler).

Gary Megson’s men are als0 joint 4th  favourites to win the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Outright at odds of 16/1 (Bet365).

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Bradford City v Sheffield Wednesday – Team News

The Bantams picked up their first win of the season on Saturday, the first game since Jackson’s departure, beating Barnet in a thrilling 4-2 victory.

Bradford will be missing long term-absentees Simon Ramsden (calf), Martin Bullock (hip) and David Syers (knee), but will have no new fresh injuries to contend with.

Defender Steve Williams is on the mend, but this game may come a little too soon for him to make his first team comeback and he may have to settle for a place on the bench at best.

Oscare Janssen, on loan from Tottenham, made his debut in goal for Bradford at the weekend and is likely to keep his place after impressing against the Bees.

Sheffield Wednesday also have no new injury concerns after welcoming back Rob Jones in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Scunhtorpe on Saturday. That was the only change manager Gary Megson made from the side he put out against Notts County the week before; a game they won 2-1.

Given the long season ahead, Megson is likely to make a string of changes for the Owls’ visit to Valley Parade and will be looking for some of his younger players to step up and make an impact here.

That said, Megson will probably keep the spine of his team intact, with James O’Connor, Jon Otsemobor and Giles Coke all vying for place in the starting X1. Wednesday could also welcome Jermaine Johnson back into the fray too after returning to full fitness.

Bradford City v Sheffield Wednesday – Betting Tips

Whilst the Owls’ are likely to make changes, they certainly won’t want to duck out at this early stage and Gary Megson will probably stick with a number of players that have picked up back-to-back home league wins.

Bradford scored four last time out and will be keen to claim a big scalp in front of their home fans at odds of 9/4.

Whichever way the final results falls, we fancy goals, goals, goals here and the odds about Over 2.5 Goals (10/11 – William Hill) looks the best bet for us at .

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