After a disappointing November, Salford City will aim to start December off well as they travel to Bradford City.
The Ammies only picked up one point last month, in an impressive defensive display against league leaders Stockport County in their last match.
A month that was also disrupted with FA Cup action meant Salford failed to record a win, and slumped to 18th in the League Two table.
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They face a Bradford City side on a hot streak, winning four of their last five matches, including a 5-1 domination of League One Barnsley in the EFL Trophy.
Ex-Salford manager Graham Alexander will be in the dugout for the Bantams, after being replacing Mark Hughes last month.
Alexander took charge at the Peninsula between 2018 and 2020, winning promotion to League Two and a EFL Trophy victory in his time in charge.
Bradford, like Salford, were in last season’s play-offs but both sides have struggled in the new campaign. Alexander’s appointment at Valley Parade has seen them rise above Salford to 14th place.
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The last game between the sides saw a 3-2 victory for the Yorkshire side on New Year’s Day, with Conor McAleny netting a brace for Salford.
In his pre-match press conference, the midfielder was “aiming” to keep that run against Saturday’s opponents, saying that the side are “in gear and ready.”
Salford have won five of their nine games against the Bantams, signalling a good chance for the Ammies to get December starting on the right track.
As ever, Salford will look to shut down target man Andy Cook, who has seven goals to his name this season so far. Vadaine Oliver has also returned to the Bradford side, scoring in their last game. The striker bagged a brace in the last game between the two sides.
They will be without centre-back Ash Taylor, who was dismissed in a 3-0 victory over relegation-placed side Forest Green Rovers.
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The Ammies will be hopeful that their injury crisis will have turned a corner, with the extended break between their last and next games offering a great chance for players to return to the squad ahead of a hectic festive schedule.
Salford City travel to Bradford City this Saturday, December 9, with kick off at Valley Parade at 3pm.