ALL you need to know ahead of Bradford (Park Avenue)'s Vanarama National League North match with Chester.

Kick-off: Saturday, January 16 (3pm)

Venue: Horsfall Stadium

Odds: Bradford 9/4, Chester 1/1, Draw 9/4

Current positions: 15th v 2nd

Form guide: LLWLD v DLLWW

Last Monday, Bradford battled to a good point in their 1-1 draw with Boston United. Previous to that a great win over York City was sandwiched between three defeats.

Saturday's second postponement means Chester have now been without a fixture for a fortnight, leaving Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson's men unable to immediately build on clean wins over AFC Telford United and Guiseley.

Chester's league standing may also be slightly false after featuring the joint-second most times (16) and losing five games.

Team news

Jake Hibbs should finally be back for Mark Bower after serving his three-match ban, Matty Downing still has two games to go on his.

Isaac Marriot returned off the bench against Boston so could be in line for a starting role in the midfield. Centre half Luke Lyons is still isolating.

Ryan Toulson's time on the sidelines should only be short-lived after the injury he suffered against the Pilgrims was not as bad as first feared.

New signings Luke Rawdon and Liam Bennett could make immediate impacts as substitutes.

Possible line-ups


GK Dan Atkinson, RB Jordan Windass, CB Mark Ross, CB Luca Havern (C), LB Nicky Clee, CM Adam Nowakowski, CM Regan Booty, CM Jake Hibbs, RW Will Longbottom, ST Lewis Knight, LW Brad Dockerty.

Subs: Jacob Fawcett, Liam Bennett, Isaac Marriott, Omar Sanyang, Luke Rawden.


GK Louis Gray, RB Kevin Roberts, CB Simon Grand, CB Connor Taylor, LB Jamie Morgan, RM John Johnston, CM George Glendon (C), CM Declan Weeks, CM Luke Clark, LM Brad Bauress, ST Anthony Dudley.

Subs: Josh Askew, Lloyd Marsh-Hughes, George Waring, Danny Elliott, Will Goodwin.

Battle to watch: Longbottom v Dudley

The 22-year-old has had a steady start to life at Horsfall, and opened his account in his third game.

If Longbottom can continue adding goals to his hard work he could be a real steal.

It is easy to forget Chester's main man is still only 24. Dudley has enjoyed two successful periods under Morley and Johnson, firstly at Salford City and now with the Seals.

Having played over 100 games for the club, the striker has began this season in fine fettle grabbing five goals.

Head to head

Since the Blues dropped back down to step two, they have struggled when visiting Horsfall, losing both matches. A Jake Beesley brace was followed by Bradford's shock 2-1 win last year, contrasty of Tom Clare and Oli Johnson goals.

The pair's last meeting came only a month ago at the Deva Stadium where a strong first half allowed the hosts to ease to a 3-1 victory in the Buildbase FA Trophy.

To see how Bradford get on against Chester follow our live blog from 7pm.