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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Take On Forest Green Rovers In Checkatrade Trophy

City take on Forest Green Rovers...

9 October 2018

 

Factfile
Founded: 1889
Stadium: The New Lawn
Capacity: 5,032 (2,000 seated)
Address: Another Way, Nailsworth GL6 0FG
Pitch Size: 110 x 70 yards
Club Nickname: Rovers or The Green
Year Ground Opened: 2006

 

Famous Game: 2017 Play-off Final vs Tranmere Rovers

Forest Green Rovers beat Tranmere Rovers 3-1 in the National League play-off final at Wembley.

Rovers opened the lead with a goal from winger Kainyne Woolery in the 12th minute, before Connor Jennings leveled the scores for Tranmere in the 22nd minute.

However, Rovers would go into half-time 3-1 up after goals from striker Christian Doidge and a further goal for Kainyne Woolery.

Rovers held out and secured promotion to the football league for the first time ever in the clubs history.

 

Last Six

Draw - Forest Green 1-1 Port Vale
Draw - MK Dons 1-1 Forest Green
Win - Forest Green 1-0 Crawley Town
Draw - Macclesfield Town 1-1 Forest Green
Win - Cambridge United 1-3 Forest Green
Draw - Forest Green 1-1 Newport County

 

Head-to-Head

Sky Blues (W): 0
Draw: 0
Forest Green Rovers (W): 2

 

Opposition

A great start to Forest Green Rovers League Two 2018/19 campaign. Currently sitting 6th in the table and unbeaten in the league. Which they are now the only team in the EFL to still be unbeaten in the league.

After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, Forest Green Rovers are looking to make a complete turnaround this season and make a push to reach League One.

After being knocked out in round 3 last season, Forest Green be looking to go further which was shown in their first game against Cheltenham Town, coming away with a 4-0 victory.

 

Last Time We Met

The two sides last met Rovers in February during the Sky Blues' successful League Two Campaign.

Winger Alex Bray scored on his debut for the Rovers, before Marc McNulty's second-half penalty leveled for Coventry.

Captain Lee Collins' powerful strike proved gave Rovers all three points as they won 2-1 ending the Sky Blues' run of three straight wins.

 

Trivia

In 2015 Rovers became the first ever vegan football club. No animal products of any description are on sale anywhere in the club. The traditional beef burger is replaced by quinoa on match day, while the club's Q pie is a Quorn and leek pie made with soya milk bechamel.

After taking over in 2010 Rovers owner Dale Vince decided to make the club more eco-friendly. This included the installation of solar panels on its New Lawn home ground, the use of a solar-powered robot grass mower and the creation of the world's first organic football pitch.

 

Sky Bet Odds

The Sky Blues go into this fixture as firm favourites at 4/5 to get the win. Having a Forest Green victory at 14/5.

After his 2 goals at the weekend Bakayoko goes in joint favourite with Chaplin and Clarke-Harris to be first goal scorer at 9/2. With the odds to match his weekend tally scoring a brace at 6/1.


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