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PREVIEW: Coventry City v Grimsby Town - The Sky Blues face Grimsby Town as they enter their final five home games of the season

City welcome Grimsby to the Ricoh Arena...

23 March 2018

Venue: Ricoh Arena

Competition: Sky Bet League Two 

Date: Saturday, March 24th

Kick-off: 3pm

The Sky Blues welcome a Grimsby Town side to the Ricoh Arena who are yet to win a game since the turn of the year are are without a win on the road since November.

Manager Michael Jolley has only been at Blundell Park for three weeks in his second role as a first team manager after a spell at AFC Eskilstuna last season.

In his first game in charge the 40-year-old earnt his side a 1-1 draw with Port Vale. Impressive, when you consider the side has picked up just three points in fourteen games prior to his appointment.

The Sky Blues remain without Tom Davies (collar bone), Jordan Maguire-Drew (appendix) and Jordan Willis (ankle) willl all miss-out through injury. Jodi Jones (ACL) and Tony Andreu (ACL) both remain out with their long-term injuries.

Grimsby are hoping to have Mallik Wilks back after the forward scored two for the reserves on his return from a hamstring injury. 

While Gary McSheffrey could be set to make his first start, Luke Summerfield, Karleigh Osborne and Simeon Jackson are still out.

The Opponents

During his time with the Mariners, former City boss Russel Slade brought with him defender Nathan Clarke to Blundell Park, who featured 18 times for the Sky Blues during last season’s campaign. Partnering him at the back are fellow experienced heads: Danny Collins and Ben Davies, who share nearly 1000 league appearances between them, with Collins playing over 100 games in the Premier League for Stoke City and Sunderland.

Number ten for the Mariners is a player who needs no introduction for Coventry fans. McSheffrey made 281 appearances in Sky Blue over two spells, scoring 72 goals along the way, enough to make him City's ninth all-time goal scorer.

Alongside him up-front will likely be former Aberdeen striker Scott Vernon who enjoyed a successful League Two campaign with the Lincolnshire club last season. The tall striker brings with him a very different threat to McSheffrey and could be one to watch on Saturday.

Earlier this season

The Sky Blues made it back-to-back win thanks to goals from Marc McNulty and Jack Grimmer as City claim a 2-0 victory at Blundell Park.

McNulty gave Coventry the lead in controversial fashion just after the hour mark before Grimmer’s bullet header capped off the performance with fifteen minutes to go.

Tony Andreu was given his debut late on as City climbed to the top of the table in SkyBet League Two.

Grimsby's Away Form

L - 1-3 v Lincoln City

L - 0-2 v Carlisle United

L - 1-3 v Cambridge Untied

L - 0-3 v Crawley Town

L - 0-3 v Yeovil Town

D - 1-1 Colchester United

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