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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Return To League One Action This Weekend

City travel to the Pirelli Stadium to take on Burton Albion...

16 November 2018

Factfile:

Founded: 1950
Stadium: Pirelli Stadium
Capacity: 6,912
Pitch size: 110 x 72 yards
Club Nickname: Brewers
Year Ground Opened: 2005
Kit Colour: Coventry City - White | Burton Albion – Yellow

Famous Game – 2014-15 League Two Title Winning Game

Burton Albion went into the final game of the 2014-15 season against Cambridge United, top of the league, two points ahead of Shrewsbury meaning a win would give Burton the title.

Eleven minutes in Burton took the lead through Stuart Beavon and with Shrewsbury 1-0 down to Plymouth, put Burton in prime position to win the league, although fourteen minutes later Cambridge would equalise through Tom Elliot.

In the 67th minute, Burton were put into a horrible situation when their keeper Joe McLaughlin was sent off, also resulting in a penalty to Cambridge, which Cambridge would convert. However, the positive for Burton was that Shrewsbury were 2-0 down at this point.

Hope was then restored when ten-man Burton equalised through Phil Edwards in 77th minute. Burton would then go on to take the lead when Kevin Stewart scored the winner in the 88th minute. Burton would hold out the last few minutes winning the game 3-2 and subsequently win League Two by five points.

Club Legend- Darren Stride

After making 654 appearances and captaining the side for 12 years, Stride is a huge Brewers legend.

After helping the Brewers winning their first league titles in the club’s history, being the 2001/02 Northern Premier League and 2008/09 Blue Square Conference. Stride then became Burton’s first ever captain in league football.

After being a Brewers player for 17 years between 1993 and 2010, Stride was voted into Burton Albion’s Hall of Fame in May 2018.

 

Last Six

Draw- Portsmouth 2-2 Burton
Lost- Burton 1-2 Peterborough
Win- Burton 3-3 Nottingham Forest
Win- Walsall 1-3 Burton
Lost- Burton 0-1 Middlesbrough U21’s
Lost- Scunthorpe 2-1 Burton

Head-to-Head

Sky Blues (W) - 2
Draw - 0
Burton Albion (W) – 1

Opposition

Burton currently sit 14th in League One, seven points behind the Sky Blues and six positions below.

The Brewers will be looking to bounce back after losing their last two games in the cup but carry on from their last league game when they came out 3-1 winners against Walsall.

Nigel Clough’s side will be looking to change the record, that Coventry’s one and only game at the Pirelli Stadium was a 2-1 victory to the Sky Blues.

 

Last Time We Met

The last time the two clubs met was in a League One fixture in January 2016 at the Ricoh Arena.

Burton away with a 2-0 victory over the Sky Blues. Callum Butcher gave the Brewers the lead just after half time, with now Coventry City player, Stuart Beavon sealing the game in the 72nd minute.

 

Sky Bet Odds

The Sky Blues go into this weekends fixtures as underdogs being placed at 23/10 to take the win, with the Brewers at 6/5 to take the victory.

The boosts for this weekend are both teams to score and a Burton win boosted to 9/2 and both teams to score and a Coventry win boosted to 13/2.

For the result to be the same as when the sides last met at the Pirelli Stadium, a 2-1 victory for Coventry is placed at 11/1.


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