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Bradford City head into Lions' den with strong side
Phil Parkinson plans to crank up City’s pre-season another notch at Guiseley tonight.
The Bantams boss has promised to field a powerful side against the Lions – and will give some a longer run-out in front of the expected bumper crowd.
With ten days to go until the season kicks off in the Capital One Cup at Notts County, Parkinson is keen to start increasing the match fitness levels.
He said: “It will be a strong team and people will probably get longer on the pitch than they have been playing.
“The initial plan is that those who have played 60 minutes before are going to stretch it a bit further. But that may not include the players who have already had a full 90.”
Four outfield players, plus goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin , lasted the entire game at Bray on Saturday.
Andrew Davies, who missed out with a bug, is expected to return against the Conference North outfit but trialist defender Carl McHugh, who has impressed Parkinson in training, will not be risked as he continues to nurse a slight knock.
The 19-year-old former Reading centre half and left back should resume training by the end of the week.
Parkinson is expecting a good test from Guiseley, who just missed out on promotion in the play-offs in May.
He added: “It’s a game which is traditional in our pre-season but I’m sure we will be tested.
“I saw Guiseley last year and they are a very good team at that level.”
Meanwhile, City have been given a first-round bye in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. They reached the northern area semi-finals last season before going out 2-0 at Oldham.