Notts County v Bradford preview
Notts County are at full strength for the visit of fellow promotion hopefuls Bradford.
Last Updated: 07/08/09 4:24pm
Notts County have a full-strength squad to choose from as Sven-Goran Eriksson oversees his first league match as the Magpies' director of football.
Defenders Stephen Hunt and Brendan Moloney missed their final pre-season friendly against a Liverpool XI but both trained this week and are in contention to face fellow promotion hopefuls Bradford.
Moloney could start at right-back after some impressive displays since his loan move from city rivals Nottingham Forest.
Manager Ian McParland has an embarrassment of riches up front, meanwhile, with the club's takeover by Middle East consortium Munto Finance having allowed him to buy strikers Luke Rodgers, Lee Hughes and Karl Hawley this summer.
Rodgers has been in blistering form with seven pre-season goals and has already forged a good partnership with Hughes, while Hawley only arrived on Monday.
McParland's other attacking options include Delroy Facey, Sean Canham and Ben Fairclough.
Bradford have also been busy this summer and latest signing Steven O'Leary could be one of nine new players to make their debut at Meadow Lane.
The trialist earned a five-month deal and is expected to come into the Bantams' squad along with Michael Flynn and Jamie O'Brien.
Simon Eastwood and Jon McLaughlin will vie for the goalkeeper's spot while former Macclesfield striker Gareth Evans is expected to start up front alongside new skipper Peter Thorne, although ex-Guiseley forward James Hanson is also in contention.
New defenders Simon Ramsden, Jonathan Bateson and non-league signing Steve Williams could feature in a new-look back four, and Chris Brandon has finally put his long-term ankle injury behind him.