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PREVIEW: Coventry City v Notts County

1 November 2013

Read the full match preview ahead of the match against Notts County at Sixfields this weekend...

Venue: Sixfields
Date: Saturday, November 2nd
Competition: Skybet League One
Kick-off: 3pm

Coventry City welcome Notts County to Sixfields as the Sky Blues look to continue their terrific run of form.

Steven Pressley's side enjoyed an unbeaten October, winning four our of the five matches, including wins over league-leaders Leyton Orient and Sheffield United.

City beat play-off hopefuls Walsall in their last match with Franck Moussa's second-half tap-in separating the two sides.

Notts County have had a difficult start to the 2013/14 League One season, with the Magpies currently 23rd in the League One table.

The club brought in ten players during the summer transfer window including former City winger David Bell, former Portsmouth defender Mustapha Dumbuya and ex-Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor.

After a run of just three league wins in 14 matches, Chris Kiwomya was sacked after last week's 1-0 home defeat to Preston North End. 

The club are still yet to name a new manager so Steve Hodge will take charge of the side against Coventry City.

Notts County hold the upper hand in this fixture having beat City 17 times, whilst Coventry have only managed 10 wins over the Magpies.

The first fixture between the two sides was played in November 1920 when the sides managed a 1-1 draw.

Last five fixtures

27/04/2013 Notts County 2-2 Coventry City, League One
20/10/2012 Coventry City 1-2 Notts County, League One
14/08/2007 Coventry City 3-0 Notts County, League One
11/04/1992 Notts County 1-0 Coventry City, Division One
14/09/1991 Coventry City 1-0 Notts County, Division One 

Callum McGregor

The former Celtic winger has been the shining light of County's season so far, having scored six goals in a struggling side.

The 20-year old came through the Celtic youth system but never made an impression at Parkhead so sought first-team football elsewhere.

He signed for the Magpies in August and has made a great impression as he gets to grips with first-team football for the first time in his career.

He has figured in almost every game for the side and can play anywhere off the front line which will create problems for the City defence.

Kasper Schmeichel

The former Manchester City goalkeeper and current Leicester City No.1 enjoyed a loan spell at City in 2008.

He made nine appearances for the club and his form at the Ricoh Arena alerted Notts County who snapped the Dane up.

He spent one season with the Meadow Lane club and played a crucial part in County’s promotion to League One.

Jordan Stewart

The former Coventry City left-back started the 2012/13 League One season with Notts County.

Stewart was released from his contract at Millwall at the end of the 2011/12 season and signed a short-term contract with County in October. He made nine league appearances for the side before being released in January.

City snapped Stewart up on a free transfer in March 2013 and made six appearances for the club before being released in the summer.

Jimmy McIntyre

The former Coventry City manager also played for Notts County during his playing career.

Inside-forward McIntyre started his career at Walsall before moving on to Notts County and ended his playing career with Coventry City in 1908.

He continued to work for the club as chief trainer and was credited with producing a number of young players for City’s Southern League side.

In 1919, McIntyre moved to Southampton to take on the manager’s role and stayed on the South Coast for five years, with varying degrees of success.

He re-joined Coventry as manager in 1928 and led the club to its best ever league position, finishing sixth in the 1929/30 Third Division season. He ended his management career with Fulham in 1934.

David Bell

The former Luton Town man spent four seasons at Coventry City before moving to Notts County in the summer on a free transfer.

He made over 90 appearances for the club in an injury-riddled spell, scoring five goals for the club.

Bell has featured in nine matches so far this season, starting in five of them but is yet to find the net.

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