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10 February 2017

Rovers host Bradford City this Saturday in SkyBet League One at the Memorial Stadium.

Team News: Rovers are without defender Peter Hartley, who remains sidelined with a long-term injury.

Marcus' View: "February is a tough month for us, but as a player, these are the types of games that you want to be playing in, as they allow you to test yourself.

"Bradford have been consistent so far this season and they are up there and we aren't too far away from them.

"They are a tough team to play, but this week is a good week for us, with us facing Sheffield United on Tuesday, before visiting Port Vale.

"We need to keep on moving this club forward. The news of the training ground this week has been great and there's a real good feel factor on the back of that news being announced."

Opposition: Bradford are currently in 5th place in SkyBet League One, with a points total of fifty from thirty games so far this season. In their last ten games, they have won four, drawn four and lost two in SkyBet League One. On the road this season they have won on six occasions, scoring fourteen goals in the process. 

Dangerman -  Jordy Hiwula: The twenty-two-year-old striker began his career at Manchester City and first gained exposure to first-team football with a loan spell at Yeovil Town in October 2014, where the forward found the net on just one occasion during his nine appearances.

A successful loan spell at Walsall followed for the youngster, where he found the net nine times in just under twenty appearances.

In July 2015 Hiwula made a permanent move away from Manchester City, joining Championship side Huddersfield Town. After making his Huddersfield debut in the opening game of the 2015/16 season, the striker joined Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan deal.

After scoring twice for Wigan during the opening half of the season, the striker was recalled by Huddersfield and later re-joined Walsall on loan, where he grabbed three goals between March and the end of the season.

Ahead of the 2016/17 campaign the forward joined Bradford City on loan and has been a regular feature for the Bantams. So far this season the striker has ten goals in thirty-five appearances.

Hiwula has been on the scoresheet on four occasions since the start of 2017, scoring in Bradford's back to back victories over Northampton and Chesterfield at the start of January. 

Take a look at the potential threats in the ranks of Bradford City in our 'Three to Watch'.

Last Time Out: The sides played out a 1-1 draw at Valley Parade back in September. Defender James Meredith put Bradford ahead with just over fifteen minutes left in the game, but substitute Charlie Colkett rescued a point for Rovers by scoring in the 86th minute.

Tickets: Supporters will be able to purchase tickets on the day at the Mem.

Betting: League sponsors SkyBet are offering odds 13/8 for a Rovers victory, a draw priced at 12/5 and a Bradford win at odds of 13/8. Ellis Harrison is priced at 5/1 to be first on the scoresheet.

Keeping Up With The Game: Full match commentary of Rovers game with Bradford City can be heard through Gas PlayerHD. Supporters can access our LIVE match coverage by clicking here.      

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