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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Entertain Doncaster Rovers At The Ricoh Arena

Sky Blues looking to make it five wins on the bounce...

26 October 2018

Factfile
Founded: 1879
Stadium: Keepmoat Stadium
Capacity: 15,231
Address: Stadium Way, Lakeside, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, DN4 5JW
Pitch Size: 110 x 74 yards
Club Nickname: Rovers
Year Ground Opened: 2007

 

Famous Game: 2007 Football League Trophy Final

Doncaster faced Bristol Rovers in the 2007 Football League Trophy Final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

After two goals within the first five minutes from winger Jonathan Forte and striker Paul Heffernan, Doncaster went 2-0 up.

However, Doncaster threw away their lead when they conceded a penalty in the 49th minute, which Bristol Rovers striker Rickard Walker converted, followed by a goal in the 62nd minute by Sammy Igoe, sending the tie into extra time with scores tied at 2-2.

Defender Graeme Lee saved Doncaster's blushes and grabbed the glory when he nodded home in the 110th minute, giving Doncaster a 3-2 victory.

 

Club Legend: James Coppinger

James Coppinger signed for Doncaster in 2004 from Exeter City for a fee of £30,000, as Rovers looked to strengthen their squad following promotion to League One.

He would go on to become Rovers record appearance holder, featuring in over 500 games for the club.

He scored a hat-trick in the 2008 play-off semi-final against Southend United, the year Doncaster beat Leeds in the play-off final to gain promotion to the Championship.

When Doncaster were relegated at the end of the 2011-12 season and needed to reduce the wage bill, Coppinger moved to Nottingham Forest on loan, though he quickly returned to the club after lack of game time.

During a 5-1 victory away to Morecambe in September 2016, Coppinger made his 500th appearance for the club.

Coppinger remains at the club aged 37 as he looks to become the first Doncaster player to make over 600 appearances for the club.

Other notable former players include Billy Sharp, Len Graham, Tom Keetley and Clarrie Jordan.

 

Last Six

Lost- Accrington 1-0 Doncaster
Lost- Doncaster 0-4 Fleetwood
Win- Doncaster 2-0 Grimsby
Win- Rochdale 2-3 Doncaster
Draw- Doncaster 3-3 Gillingham
Lost- Doncaster 0-1 Sunderland

 

Head-to-Head

Sky Blues (W): 8
Draw: 7
Doncaster Rovers (W): 9

 

Opposition

Doncaster visit the Ricoh Arena currently sitting one place and one point above the Sky Blues in 7th. Currently outside of the play-off places on goal difference, both teams will be fighting to grab a play-off spot this weekend.

Looking at the head to head record of the clubs, Doncaster currently have the upper hand by one game. Winning nine of the meetings, to the Sky Blues eight.

However, the Sky Blues have not beat Doncaster since March 2013, where the teams have met four times since then.

 

Last Time We Met

The two sides met over two years ago, as Doncaster defeated the Sky Blues away at Keepmoat Stadium in April 2016.

Former Sky Blue Gary McSheffrey turned out for Rovers that day as Doncaster won 2-0 through goals from midfielder Tommy Rowe and forward Andy Williams.

Sky Bet Odds

The Sky Blues return to the Ricoh after two games on the road looking to carry on their winning streak. The odds of a fifth win in a row is at 7/5. The odds for Doncaster to end the run is 19/10.

After scoring in the last two games Jordy Hiwula is tipped at 7/1 to be first goal scorer in tomorrow’s fixtures. It has been placed at 16/1 for Coventry to score another 4 goals for the second game running.

Also the boosts for this weeks game is both teams to score and a Coventry win boosted to 9/2 and both teams to score and a Doncaster win at 11/2.

 


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