Bradford v Bristol Rovers preview
Last Updated: 28/09/18 3:23pm
Bradford will be looking to end a five-game losing run in Sky Bet League One when they host Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
David Hopkin is still without a number of key men, with the likes of Hope Akpan (shoulder) and Jake Reeves (groin) sidelined.
Knee injuries keep Joe Riley, Luca Colville and Ben Wilson out while Adam Chicksen (leg) is also unavailable, but Josh Wright and Kevin Mellor could be welcomed back into the fold following hamstring problems.
Rovers travel to West Yorkshire having picked up a second league win of the campaign at home to Coventry last weekend. Joe Martin returns following a three-match ban after he was sent off in a 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury.
Defender Tareiq Holmes-Dennis is still yet to make his debut for Rovers, with injury keeping him out since the summer. Manager Darrell Clarke toasted a 100th victory in charge with the win at Coventry and will be keen to add to that number against the struggling Bantams.
This fixture has seen both teams score in each of the last eight league meetings, with Bradford scoring 16 goals compared to Bristol Rovers' 14 (avg 3.75 goals per game).
Bradford are unbeaten in their last four home league games against Bristol Rovers (W2 D2), winning 3-1 at Valley Parade last season.
Bradford have 14 points fewer this season (6) than they had after nine matches of the 2017-18 season (20).
Bradford have lost seven of their first nine league matches in a season for only the second time, also doing so in 1926-27 in the second tier.
Bristol Rovers' last seven league goals have all been scored by different players (James Clarke, Tony Craig, Chris Lines, Stefan Payne, Gavin Reilly, Tom Lockyer and Ollie Clarke).