Yorkshire derby sees Bantams hosting high-flying Sheffield United

League One: Bradford City v Sheffield United

By Matthew Beedle

Bradford City manager Stuart McCall has branded Saturday’s Yorkshire derby between the Bantams and Sheffield United the biggest game in League One.

The home side go into the game as underdogs as the visitors will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to ten matches when they visit Valley Parade.

Despite this, Bradford City manager Stuart McCall is relishing the opportunity of getting the better of their Yorkshire rivals.

The former Motherwell and Rangers manager was full of praise of Chris Wilder’s men when speaking to the Telegraph and Argus.

He said: “This will be a real test for our lads. Sheffield United will undoubtedly be in the top six. But if you can’t look forward to a game like this then you shouldn’t be in football.

The Leeds-born manager, who spent time at both clubs during his playing career, says that there isn’t a bigger game in League One.

He said: “For me, being a bit biased, it’s the biggest game in this league because of the rivalry and the size of the clubs.”

Wilder’s side are the form team in League One having taken 23 points from a possible 27 in their last nine games.

The run of form can be attributed to Wilder changing the team’s system to 3-5-2 instead of the previous 4-4-2 formation.

United midfielder John Fleck told the club’s official website that the system provides the team with more control of the game compared to 4-4-2.

He said: “When we were playing 4-4-2 at the time, we weren’t getting enough control of the games.

“The manager seems to have worked it out and got a good formation for us to play.”

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