Date: 28th October 2010 at 7:42pm
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Bradford City return home this weekend as they welcome Oxford United to Valley Parade for their League Two fixture. City will be looking to try and find some consistency after the recent mini-run came to a grinding halt at the Pirelli Stadium last week.

Following the 3-0 reversal at Burton, City sit 20th in the table, 3 points off the top half and 5 points off the final play off place. Almost 3 months into the season now, the table is beginning to take shape and City face the serious threat of becoming embroiled in a lower half battle. Meanwhile, following last weeks 3-1 triumph at home against Northampton, Oxford find themselves comfortably in the top half in 11th position, yet only 3 points in front of the Bantams. A win for City this weekend would see the teams on the same points, both around 15th place in the table come Saturday night.

After their long awaited promotion last season, Chris Wilders side have made a solid start to the season, showing that they are unlikely to be involved in a nerve wracking relegation scrap come the end of the season. Oxford make the trip to West Yorkshire with a few Bantam connections within their ranks – the most obvious being Chris Wilder, the manager who has often being linked with the City position in the past. Wilder made 42 appearances for the club in the 1997/98 season helping the Bantams to establish themselves in their second season back in the second level of English football. Oxford`s number two goalkeeper will be well known to Bantams fans in the form of Simon Eastwood. The much maligned Eastwood made 22 appearances in Bantams colours last season before he returned to Huddersfield when then boss Stuart McCall claimed the club were in need of ‘a more experienced keeper`. Finally, The U`s possess former Bantam youth product Jake Wright. Wright is considered Oxford`s best defender by many of their fans and has been a mainstay in their team since joining The U`s initially on loan in 2008. Since then he has assumed the vice captaincy role.

Oxford have this week agreed the permanent signing of current loanee Josh Payne from Doncaster Rovers. The 19 year old signed on loan for the club in the summer and has agreed a two and a half year deal which will be formalised in January. Payne told the Oxford official website “I have really enjoyed my time here on loan and been made to feel at home since the very first day. The manager, coaches and players are all great to work with and it feels like a club on the up. The fans are great and I am pleased that we have got this sorted and that everything is arranged for me to stay here and try and play my part in taking the club forward.”

After the last three results, Peter Taylor is again likely to make changes, some enforced with the departing of Man Utd duo Oliver Gill and Reece Brown this week. Jon McLaughlin will retain his place in goal, with no cover due to the injury Lloyd Saxton picked up in warm up last week and youth keeper Chris Elliot on loan at Harrogate Railway. Luke O`Brien will remain at left back, while Zesh Rehman, who it could be argued has had a rough deal this season, will return at right back. Steve Williams will hold on to his shirt and will be accompanied by Luke Oliver in his more familiar position at the heart of defence.

The midfield is likely to see Tommy Doherty and Dave Syers in the middle. Lee Hendrie is poised to make a return and should line up on the left with Leon Osborne completing the midfield out right. If Lee Hendrie fails to make the game, expect Tom Adeyemi to return out right, with Osborne taking up position on the left.

Taylor has seen the merits of playing Daley up top alongside James Hanson in recent weeks, but it is probable that loanee striker Jason Price will start. It is likely James Hanson will take up the other attacking position next to Price, but it would be no surprise to see Omar Daley line up there.

As has been the case in recent weeks, the team is impossible to predict, and any number of different players, positions and formations could be seen. We will have to wait and see!

Ahead of the trip Peter Taylor told Sky Sports ‘Zesh has done well when he’s come in and I’m not saying he won’t do a good job again. But to be fair, Zesh will tell you that he sees himself as a centre half. We might need another right back. I’m probably going to go with what we’ve got in the building this week and that means Zesh. But if the right one comes along, we’ll have another look at it.’