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PREVIEW: Coventry City v Wycombe Wanderers – The Sky Blues host the Chairbo at the Ricoh

City face Wycombe in SkyBet League Two...

21 December 2017

The Sky Blues host Wycombe Wanderers at the Ricoh Arena on Friday night as they look to make it two home victories in a week.

Mark Robins has no fresh injury concerns but remains without Liam Kelly (heel), Jodi Jones (ACL) and Tony Andreu (ACL), who all continue their fightbacks.

Coventry’s opponents sit fourth, two points ahead of City in SkyBet League Two and have found the net 39 times already this season, only league leaders Luton scored more (49).

Gareth Ainsworth’s side look likely to be without Michael Harriman and Josh Umerah but forward Scott Kashket could feature for the first time this season. Kashket just missed out on making last weekend’s side that beat Chesterfield after failing a late injury test.

Nathan Tyson has endured a period out this season with a knee injury but could be set for a run in the team after making a return to the starting eleven last week, alongside familiar Football League faces, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Craig Mackail-Smith.


Akinfenwa will give Wycombe with an obvious outlet and some firepower in front of goal. The stocky striker has scored 12 goals in all competitions along with 6 assists in the league alone.

Mackail-Smith may be a familiar name for Sky Blues fans, scoring twice for Peterborough Untied at the Ricoh Arena in 2009 when a Freddy Eastwood hat-trick helped City to a 3-2 victory. The striker scored 80 goals in 185 appearances for the Posh before joining Brighton where after a strong start to the 2012-13 season, he had his prolific scoring record halted by a serious achillies injury that kept him out for the season an the 33 year-old has not hit double figures since.

Behind him Sam Saunders is a key player in the Chairboy’s midfield. The free-kick specialist joined from Championship side Brentford in 2016, a year after a successful loan-spell at Adams Park.

Memorable Meeting

The Sky Blues sent themselves to Wembley last season with a 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy semi-final victory over Wycombe at the Ricoh.

Goals from Stuart Beavon and George Thomas helped City to an early two goal lead with just 20 minutes on the clock.

Akinfenwa did grab a goal back for Wycombe early on in the second period but City hung on to progress to the final where they would  beat Oxford United 2-1, 30 years on from their famous FA Cup triumph.

Last Five Games v Wycombe

W - 2-1 - Checkatrade Trophy semi-final 2017

W - 2-4 - Checkatrade Trophy Group Stages 2017

W - 0-1 - Johnstone’s Paint Trophy 2014

L - 4-2 - League Cup 1993

W - 3-0 - League Cup 1993

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