A look ahead to this weekend's Capital One Cup clash...
Notts County V Bradford City
Capital One Cup
Location: Meadow Lane
Date: Saturday 11 August 2012
Notts County: Jamal Campbell-Ryce will miss out with a calf injury, as will Krystian Pearce, who is recovering from a hernia operation.
Bradford City: Debuts could be handed to a number of new recruits, with Stephen Darby, Rory McArdle, James Meredith, Gary Jones, Garry Thompson and Alan Connell all in contention. The midfield quartet of former Magpie Ricky Ravenhill, Andrew Davies, Ritchie Jones and Nathan Doyle are all sidelined.
Keith Curle: “I want to win every game and every game that we go into this season I want to be competitive. There’s no priority [with league and cup matches] but obviously in the league we want to be successful and I will be judged over the course of the season on where we finish in the league.” (Magpie Player)
Phil Parkinson: “Everybody in Bradford knows that the priority for us this year is the league. We certainly won’t play anyone tomorrow who we feel isn’t quite ready to play and will detract from what they could do the following week.” (Bradford Telegraph & Argus
Bantams' summer signing Gary Jones is expected to be a key member of their midfield unit this season.
Jones had spent the majority of his career with Rochdale, making 531 appearances and scoring 80 goals.
During his time at Dale he became the first player to captain the side at Wembley in the League 2 Play-Off final and also led the club out of the Football League's bottom tier for the first time in 41 years in 2010, after finishing third behind Notts and Bournemouth.
He scored 19 goals in Rochdale's first season back in League 1 under Keith Hill, but managed just six strikes in 2011.12 as they were relegated.
The opening match of the npower League 2 championship-winning season saw the Magpies overcome Bradford 5-1 at Meadow Lane.
A hat-trick from Lee Hughes, as well as finishes from Ben Davies and Brendan Moloney gave the Magpies the convincing victory.
To watch highlights from this match on Magpie Player, click here.
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The Meadow Lane Sports Bar will be open for home supporters from 10am.