Bradford vs Sunderland – Match preview and team news

Bradford City will be looking to follow up their amazing victory over Chelsea by overcoming enigmatic Sunderland to make the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The sensational comeback to hit four at Stamford Bridge from a two-goal deficit has gone down as one of the biggest shocks in FA Cup history, and it was a thoroughly deserved success. They will now come into this with immense confidence of reaching the last eight.

One obvious talking point here will be the state of the Valley Parade pitch, which has been heavily criticised, not least by manager Phil Parkinson. That said, they handled the difficult conditions better on Monday to beat Milton Keynes Dons and maintain their League One play-off push.

The visitors may find this a struggle, but they will be hopeful of continuing Gustavo Poyet’s strong cup record since taking charge. Wins over two Championship clubs have secured the Black Cats’ passage to this stage, with an especially strong showing at Fulham in their fourth round replay.

But they have been very up and down of late, with a brief renaissance and good performances against Burnley and Swansea City respectively culminating in a dreadful evening against Queens Park Rangers, with a poor first half effort leading to a miserable defeat in front of a disgruntled crowd.

Ben Williams will replace Jordan Pickford in goal for Bradford as the latter cannot face his parent club. Sunderland are without Lee Cattermole and Emmanuele Giaccherini, but have fellow midfielder Jack Rodwell back available.

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