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PREVIEW: Coventry City v Swindon Town

17 April 2014

Read our full match preview ahead of the League One match against Swindon Town...

Venue: Sixfields
Competition: SkyBet League One
Date: Friday, April 18th
Kick-off: 3pm

Coventry City welcome play-off chasers Swindon Town to Sixfields as the Sky Blues look to bounce back from back-to-back defeats.

City were unlucky to lose at London Road against Peterborough as Kgosi Ntlhe's early header sealed the 1-0 win for the Posh.

Steven Pressley's side dominated the second-half and had many chances through Nathan Eccleston and Nathan Delfouneso but the Sky Blues couldn't find the net to get the point they deserve.

Swindon Town have had a progressive season in League One having brought through many young players and have been widely recognised as one of the best footballing sides in the division.

Mark Cooper took over as first-team manager at Swindon Town in August 2013 having been the assistant manager under former manager Kevin MacDonald.

With the budget at Swindon Town restricted, Cooper sought to use the loan system and brought in Alex Pritchard and Ryan Mason from Premier League Tottenham Hotspur.

The young squad have recovered from a mid-season dip in form and with a seven-point gap between themselves and the Posh, Cooper's side knows only victories will do in the final four games of the season.

The Sky Blues head the way on the head-to-head statistics going into the game having beat Swindon 23 times out of the 52 meetings.

Swindon have recorded 16 victories over the Sky Blues and are unbeaten in the last three matches between the sides, winning two of them.

Last five matches

21/12/2013 Swindon Town 2-1 Coventry City, League One
02/03/2013 Coventry City 1-2 Swindon Town, League One
13/10/2012 Swindon Town 2-2 Coventry City, League One
06/01/2001 Swindon Town 0-2 Coventry City, FA Cup
05/02/1994 Swindon Town 3-1 Coventry City, Premiership

Dennis Wise

The former Sky Blues midfielder has enjoyed managed Swindon Town for a short time.

After a long career which spanning over clubs such as Chelsea, Wimbledon and Leicester, Wise had his last spell as a player at Coventry City.

He played 13 times for the club, scoring six goals and his four month stay at the club left a great impression on the Sky Blues faithful.

He retired after he was released by City and moved into full-time management with Swindon Town just 13 days later.

He had a short spell at the Robins, leaving for Elland Road just five months later but left the club second in the League Two table.

Lukas Jutkiewicz

The 25-year old striker started his professional career at Swindon Town having rose through the youth ranks at Southampton.

He showed good form for the Robins in the 2006/07 season having signed a three-year deal at the club, scoring five goals and playing a crucial role in the side being promoted to League One.

His form attracted the attention of Everton who signed him in the summer of 2007 and he went on to have loan spells at Plymouth Argyle, Huddersfield Town and Motherwell. 

His form in Scotland with Motherwell attracted the attention of the Sky Blues and he joined the club in 2010 for an undisclosed fee.

Jutkiewicz signed for Middlesbrough in January 2012 for an undisclosed fee and is now on loan at Championship side Bolton Wanderers.

Roy Wegerle

The former United States international had a successful three years at Highfield Road, making over 50 appearances.

He started his career in the MLS with Tampa Bay Rowdies before being spotted by Chelsea in 1986. He made the move to Stamford Bridge but didn't feature regularly for the side and was loaned out to Swindon Town in 1988.

He made seven appearances for the Robins before moving on a permanent transfer to Luton Town. He moved to Coventry City after spells with QPR and Blackburn in a swap deal for Kevin Gallacher in 1992.

After his three-year spell with the club, he moved back to the USA with Colorado Rapids. He ended his career at Tampa Bay Munity in 1998 and he also made 41 appearances for the national side.

Massimo Luongo

The Tottenham youth product has been ever-present in the Swindon Town side this season, making 49 appearances for Mark Cooper's side.

Luongo came through the ranks at Spurs before a loan move to Championship side Ipswich Town in the 2012/13 season.

He sealed a loan deal to the Robins at the start of the season and having impressed the Swindon Town coaching staff, he was signed on a permanent deal for £400,000 from Spurs.

The 21-year old has been a key element in Swindon's passing style and having scored six goals from midfield this season, he is a threat City will have to be aware of.

Tickets for the Good Friday clash against Swindon Town are now on general sale.

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