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MATCH PREVIEW: Coventry City v Wolverhampton Wanderers

24 April 2014

Read our full match preview ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers' visit to Coventry City...

Venue: Sixfields
Date: Saturday, April 26th
Kick-off: 3pm
Competition: SkyBet League One

After Monday's 0-0 stalemate at Boundary Park against Oldham Athletic, Coventry City entertain champions elect Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

Steven Pressley will want to end the season with as many points as possible, and there will be no relaxing against a side who are set to record the highest points total by a team in League One if they achieve one more win.



After the horror of two relegations in two seasons, which included three different managers since the sacking of Mick McCarthy after a 5-1 humiliation against West Bromwich Albion in February 2012, Wolves were the bookmakers favourites to bounce straight back up even before a ball was kicked this season.

They have coped with the pressure superbly, a new manager and a new look side have taken the division by storm, winning 30 games so far this season.

Along the way they have won a club record nine games in a row and have recorded a club record points tally of 99. One more win would see them break the division record of 101 set by Charlton two seasons ago.

The Gaffer

Kenny Jackett is a man who is used to success, reaching five finals and gaining two promotions in his fledgling managerial career.

At Swansea he won two FAW Premier Cups and the Football League Trophy, but lost on penalties to Barnsley in the League One Play-Off Final. He then resigned and was briefly at Manchester City as reserve team boss before taking the vacant Millwall job in 2007.

In six years he won promotion to the Championship, took the club to an eighth placed finish and reached the semi finals of the FA Cup. He resigned last April, before taking the reigns at Wolves.



Charged with the task of taking Wolves back to the second tier, Jackett took charge in May last year, and soon stamped his mark on the team.

Overseeing a host of first-team changes, which saw only two players, who played in their last game of the Championship, start in their first game of League One, he got the club off to a flying start. At the end of August he won manager of the month, an award he also won in March.



The Sky Blues edge the head-to-head records, winning 28 times as opposed to Wolves' 21.

Wolves haven't won any of the last 5 away fixtures, their last win away at City being at Highfield Road in 2002.

Last five matches

19/10/2013 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Coventry City, League One
07/02/2009 Coventry City 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers, Championship
18/10/2008 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Coventry City, Championship
26/04/2008 Coventry City 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers, Championship
06/10/2007 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Coventry City, Championship



Robbie Keane

Although he has been well travelled in his 17-year career, Keane started his journey at Wolves, breaking through to the first team as a teenager, and scoring 16 goals in his first full season.

City then spent six million pounds luring him to the Sky Blues, which was a then-record fee for a teenager. He scored 12 goals in 34 games, before Inter Milan paid a club record £13 million to take him to the San Siro.



After spells at Liverpool, Celtic, Aston Villa, Tottenham, West Ham and Leeds, he now plays his club football in the MLS with Los Angeles Galaxy.

Freddie Eastwood

Another striker who has played for both clubs is Freddie Eastwood. After impressing at Southend he signed for Wolves in 2007. After 31 appearances and three goals he joined the Sky Blues in 2008.



In four years Eastwood scored 17 goals, including a hat-trick against Peterborough. He left City in May 2012, and rejoined Southend a few months later.



Nouha Dicko

A man who has been a danger for both Rotherham and Wolves this season, Dicko has netted 18 times this season.

Starting the season at Wigan, he was loaned to Rotherham, where he scored five goals in five appearances, including a strike against the Sky Blues in November.



He was then signed for an undisclosed fee by Wolves, where he has settled quickly into Kenny Jackett's side. He scored twice on his debut against Bristol City, and another 10 goals since then. He scored his first hat-trick for the club in the remarkable 6-4 win over former club Rotherham last friday.



Tickets for Saturday's game against Wolverhampton Wanderers are now on general sale.

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