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PREVIEW: Coventry City

31 December 2017

Chesterfield kick off 2018 with a Sky Bet League Two fixture away to Coventry City tomorrow, 3pm. Here's our match preview........

Tickets

Tickets are now off sale at the Proact ticket office and online, however Spireites supporters can purchase them on the day at the Ricoh Arena, subject to a £3 price increase.

Prices as follows (including increase): -

Category

Price

Adults

£25

Seniors (60+)

£18

Young Adult (18-21)

£18

Students (with valid NUS card)

£18

U18s

£13

Team News

The Sky Blues will take a check on striker Duckens Nazon and defender Jordan Willis after the pair suffered hip and leg injuries respectively, in yesterday’s 1-0 win over Carlisle United.

Coventry are already without long term injury victims Peter Vincenti, Tony Andreu, Liam Kelly and Jodi Jones.

The Spireites meanwhile, could welcome back Laurence Maguire to the squad, after the defender suffered a thigh injury in the Checkatrade Trophy tie at Fleetwood Town earlier this month.

New signing Drew Talbot isn’t eligible until after the clash at the Ricoh Arena, while the match will also come too soon for the likes of Joe Anyon, Ian Evatt, Bradley Barry, Jordan Sinnott and Gozie Ugwu.

Manager – Mark Robins

The former Manchester United and Norwich City striker was appointed manager of the Sky Blues for a second time in March, succeeding Russell Slade.

His first job in management was with Rotherham United in 2007 before moving on to Barnsley two years later. Robins’ first spell at Coventry began in 2012 and preceded jobs at Huddersfield Town and Scunthorpe United.

Robins lead Coventry to the Checkatrade Trophy last season, but was unable to prevent their relegation to League Two. So far this campaign, he’s finds his team in fifth position, with 41 points from 25 games and has overseen three wins from their last four games.

One to watch – Marc McNulty

Scottish striker McNulty, joined the Sky Blues on a free transfer in July after his release from Sheffield United.

McNulty has enjoyed a fruitful campaign in the West Midlands, with nine league goals and an assist to his name so far.

Prior to signing for Coventry, McNulty enjoyed spells with Scottish side Livingston, Bradford City and Portsmouth.

Head to Head

Tomorrow’s clash will be only the 30th between the two clubs since they first met in March 1926.

But while Chesterfield emerged 4-3 winners in the opening encounter, it’s the Sky Blues who hold the upper hand, with the full record as follows: -

Coventry – 13 (wins)

Draws – 7

Chesterfield – 9 (wins)

Visits to Coventry haven’t proved to be fruitful for Town over the course of those meetings, with their last league win coming in October 1948.

From the dugout

Spireites assistant manager Nicky Eaden says that the trip to his old club Coventry will be a provide stiff opposition, but he sees no reason why Town can’t follow up their good performance against Colchester United, with another good result in the West Midlands.

He said: “It’s this division, you can play a team who if they are at it it’s a tough fixture, but you could play them the week after and go and beat them.

“I know Coventry well, they’ve got a good squad it’ll be a tough game, but we can go there and get a result.”

Can’t get to the Ricoh? Fear not you’ll still be able to follow all the action.

Across match day we'll have: 

- Live commentary, exclusive to the internet, on iFollow. 

- Minute-by-minute coverage for the club's Twitter page.

- Updates and images from the club's Facebook and Instagram feeds. 

- Stats and reaction across the night on the official site.


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