Match Preview


Wed 31 Jul 13

Venue: Sixfields
Kick-off: 3pm 
Date: Saturday, September 8th
Competition: Skybet League One

Coventry City welcome Colchester United looking to stretch their unbeaten run in League One to five games.

The Sky Blues will be full of confidence going into the game having only lost one League game in the 2013/14 season, on the opening day against Crawley.

Callum Wilson continued his prolific form this season by scoring his sixth goal of the season against Shrewsbury Town to secure a point for the Sky Blues.


Colchester United have had a solid start to the 2013/14 League One season, having only lost one league game.

Joe Dunne’s side suffered a shock 4-1 defeat on Tuesday in the Johnstone Paint Trophy against League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge, and lost 5-1 against Peterborough in the Capital One Cup.


Despite losing in midweek, Colchester recorded an impressive 1-0 win over Port Vale and secured a draw against promotion-chasing Sheffield United.

Having only just survived in League One last season, Dunne has brought Ryan Dickson, Sanchez Watt and Conor Hubble from Southampton, Arsenal and QPR respectively. 


Coventry have a great record over Colchester United, beating them 14 times out of the 29 previous meetings.

Colchester have only won seven of these games with their being eight draws between the two sides.

Last five meetings

League One 12/03/2013 Coventry 2-2 Colchester
League One 20/11/2012 Colchester 1-3 Coventry
Championship 19/04/2008 Colchester 1-5 Coventry
Championship 27/10/2007 Coventry 1-0 Colchester
Championship 10/03/2007 Colchester 0-0 Coventry


Jabo Ibehre

The former MK Dons striker moved to Colchester United in January 2013 and has started this season well, scoring two goals.

The 30-year old has a wealth of experience at League One level having played for Leyton Orient, Walsall, MK Dons, Southend, Stockport and Colchester.


Ibehre has played in all of Colchester’s matches this season and his strength on the ball always makes him a handful for any League One defence.

Former City loanee Freddie Sears has also scored two goals already this season so Ibehre is just one of several attacking threats for the U’s. 


Clive Platt

The former City striker had successful spells with both clubs, making over 120 appearances for Colchester United.

He started his career at Walsall before moving onto several clubs including Notts County and Milton Keynes Dons.

His form at the Dons attracted the attention of Colchester who signed him in July 2007 for £300,000, a signing which broke the club's transfer record.


After a three-year spell at Layer Road, he moved to City in the summer of 2010 and he scored seven goals in 67 appearances for the club. 

Platt is currently playing for Northampton Town under former City manager Aidy Boothroyd.

Freddie Sears

The former City loanee is now playing for Colchester, and is expected to line up against the Sky Blues on Tuesday.

The forward joined the club on loan in 2010 and made 10 appearances for the club, but failed to find the net.


He ended his 12-year association with West Ham in the summer and signed for Colchester United on a free transfer.

Tickets for the Sky Blues' home League One clash with Colchester United at Sixfields Stadium are now on general sale.

City host the U's on Sunday, September 8th with kick off at 3pm.

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