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Away days- the early morning starts, the long coach drives, the service stopping and the late night trips home begins.

Bradford City play their first game away from home, with a trip to Gillingham this Saturday.
The Yorkshire side got off to a flying start this 2017/18 season with a 2-1 win at Valley Parade against a strong Blackpool side.

The Bantams had a good track record on the road last season, losing seven out of a possible 23. Can Stuart McCall’s men equal last season’s performance or even better it?

Shay McCartan who made his international debut for Northern Ireland last season missed out on Tuesday night’s game due to a hamstring strain. The forward man returned to training on Thursday and looks set to make the trip.

Paul Taylor is expected to be involved with the squad after he made his first appearance for Bradford in the Carabao Cup game.

The club captain Romain Vincelot misses his first match of his three game ban for his sending off on Tuesday evening. Fellow teammate Charlie Wyke is also set to miss out, as he is still out with a hamstring injury.

Newly signed loanee player Thomas Field looks likely to fill in the left back position with Adam Chicksen fracturing his cheekbone in last week’s home clash.

Stuart McCall will have a real headache over the next couple days when deciding on his frontline. City’s strikers have been firing on all fronts with goals already for Omari Patrick, Domonic Poleon and Alex Jones.

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The Gill’s on the other hand, will be looking for their first three points of the season after being held 0-0 at Doncaster.

Gillingham had a tough time last season surviving the drop to league 2 by only one point. The Kent club will be hoping to open their home record with a win, having failed on 15 occasions last season.

Gillingham boss Andy Pennock will be hoping that goalkeeper Tomas Holy will keep his form having impressed when keeping a clean sheet at Doncaster.

Billy Bingham, Lee Martin, Gabriel Zakuani and Mark Byrne were all rested in the midweek fixture.
Although both Gabriel Zakuani and Mark Byrne will be hoping to return to the starting 11.

Billy Bingham was analysed alongside Alex Lacey after training today and will be again tomorrow morning, before it is decided if the pair will be fit.

Frontman Conor Wilkinson could be in contention, after recovering from his ankle problem and coming off the bench against championship side Reading.

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