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PREVIEW: Coventry City v Tranmere

21 November 2013

Check lout our big match preview ahead of the Sky Blues' home clash with Tranmere at Sixfields

Venue: Sixfields Stadium
Date: Saturday, 23rd November
Competition: SkyBet League One
Kick-Off: 2pm

Coventry welcome Tranmere Rovers to Sixfields Stadium this Saturday, looking to make it eight games unbeaten.

Steven Pressley’s side are unbeaten in November so far, but will face a Tranmere Rovers side that are also without defeat in four league games.

The Sky Blues drew their last game 3-3 with Bradford City on Sunday, with goals from Andy Webster, Leon Clarke and Callum Wilson.

Tranmere Rovers have had a mixed season so far, sitting 21st in the league, seven points off the Sky Blues in 12th.

After going seven games without a win through September and early October, the Superwhites have improved recently losing only one in seven, including wins against Bradford, MK Dons and Accrington.

Although they have had an upturn in form, they are yet to reach the heights of the previous campaign, where a good first half to the season saw them look like promotion hopefuls. Their form tailed off in the latter part of the year, including a run of one win in nine, and Tranmere eventually finished in 11th position.

Last weeks draw at home to Bristol City left them on 14 points, level with Bristol and Stevenage, who are ahead on goal difference, and will come to the game in a good run of scoring form, bagging a goal in their last five games.

Last season’s double header was the first time the teams had met for 13 years. Leon Clarke scored the only goal in the equivalent fixture at the Ricoh Arena last year, ending Tranmere’s four game winning run in the process.

Tranmere won the reverse fixture, 2-0, giving them the upper hand in the overall head-to-head. Coventry have won seven games between the two, Tranmere with one more victory on eight. The other three games have been draws, all of which have been in cup competitions.

Last five fixtures

16/01/2013 – Coventry City 1-0 Tranmere Rovers, League One
15/09/2012 – Tranmere Rovers 2-0 Coventry City, League One
22/09/1999 – Coventry City 3-1 Tranmere Rovers, League Cup
14/09/1999 – Tranmere Rovers 5-1 Coventry City, League Cup
22/09/1970 – Coventry City 2-1 Tranmere Rovers, League Cup

Tranmere 1 – 1 Bristol City

Last time out Tranmere drew with fellow strugglers Bristol City at Prenton Park, to stretch their unbeaten streak to five games in all competitions. 

An early Sam Baldock goal gave Bristol the lead, before Liam Ridehalgh’s first goal for Rovers drew the club level.

The draw left both sides four points ahead of bottom club Notts County, and seven behind the Sky Blues who lie in 12th position.

Ryan Lowe

Ryan Lowe is enjoying somewhat of a late career resurgence this season, leading the club scoring charts with six goals in the league.

The 35 year-old joined the Rovers in the summer after being released by League One rivals MK Dons at the end of the previous campaign, and rewarded Tranmere’s faith in him by scoring a brace against the Dons at the end of October.

In a career that has saw him turn out for Shrewsbury Town, Chester City, Crewe Alexandra and Sheffield Wednesday, Lowe is best known for his feats at Bury where he scored in a club record eight consecutive league games.

Lowe comes to Sixfields with four goals in his last five games, but the Sky Blues will be hoping to stop that run in the upcoming game.

Steve Jennings

The 29 year-old played 49 games in all competitions last season for the Sky Blues before signing for Tranmere in October.

After joining from Scottish Premier League side Motherwell in the pre-season of 2012-13, Jennings was an important part of the Sky Blues midfield, before he left by mutual consent at the end of last season.

The midfielder has managed one start and a substitute appearance in the league for Rovers, whom he began his career with, and will be hoping to play against his former team this weekend.

Paul Cook

Currently manager of League Two side Chesterfield, Paul Cook is a former Sky Blue and Tranmere Rovers player.

Signed by Coventry in 1994, after leaving midlands neighbours Wolves, he went on to make 37 appearances for the Sky Blues.

In the summer of 1996, Tranmere paid Coventry £250,000 to acquire Cook’s services, and he made 60 appearances in an 18 month spell. He finished his career 10 years later, playing for Accrington Stanley, before going into management.

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