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PREVIEW: Sky Blues travel to Vicarage Road

Mark Robins' side will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in the Championship...

4 November 2022

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Sky Blues travel to Vicarage Road

Mark Robins' side will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in the Championship...

4 November 2022

The Sky Blues will be looking to make it back-to-back wins on Saturday as they travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford...

Mark Robins looks ahead to Watford:

Looking ahead to Saturday's game, Sky Blues boss Mark Robins said: “They’re a top team. I watched them play against Cardiff the other night and in fairness, Cardiff did really well in the game, but the set play delivery was outstanding

“Ken Sama’s delivery very good and not only that, but they’ve also got Vakoun Issouf Bayo up front who has come in and made a real difference and then they’ve got Joao Pedro playing in a 10 position and they rotate very well.

“Then the two wingers in those front positions are as good as anything that’s been in this division and on their day, they’re a real handful but it’s a good challenge for us.

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“They played a day later, but whether that makes any difference I don’t know because they have a really big squad, and they may make changes but ultimately, they’re a quality squad with a lot of depth and you expect them to be strong whatever team they put out.

“We will go with confidence into a game which we know will be tough and we will be followed really strongly by the supporters and it’s something we can look forward to.”

Meet the Hornets:

Watford, newly relegated from the Premier League, head into Saturday's fixture placed sixth in the Championship, having won their last three games.

Their current winning run started with a 4-0 triumph over neighbours Luton Town and continued with wins over Wigan Athletic (2-1) and Cardiff City (1-0).

The Hornets have scored 26 goals from their opening 18 games, a tally topped by only Burnley and Sheffield United but have conceded more goals than any other side in the top six (21), and more than the Sky Blues (18).

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Slaven Bilic's thoughts:

Ahead of the fixture, the Watford boss has said: “We played a couple of days ago and there are still some players who are complaining about some issues. They aren’t big though.

“It’s only the second day after the Cardiff game so we will see them in training. From the players that didn’t play, and there were a few of them, [Hamza] Choudhury is back from suspension, [Keinan] Davis should be okay and with [Samuel] Kalu we should see.

“[Davis] is a big boost for us. Vakoun Bayo had a couple of decent games and has done the job. He was fighting, running and he got a couple of chances that he didn’t score, but he created a couple of chances especially against Wigan Athletic for Ismaïla Sarr and Ken Sema.

“It’s good to have your striker back, but we will see tomorrow. Today is the first day he is with us. Yesterday he did a bit and we spoke after training, and he was very positive. Is he going to start or not? It depends of course, but it’s great to have him back.”

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Head-to-Head record:

Sky Blues wins - 36

Draws - 17

Watford wins - 42

Watford's last six:

Cardiff 1-2 Watford (W)

Wigan Athletic 0-1 Watford (W)

Watford 4-0 Luton Town (W)

Millwall 3-0 Watford (L)

Watford 2-1 Norwich (W)

Blackpool 3-1 Watford (L)

Sky Blues' last six:

Coventry City 1-0 Blackburn (W)

Coventry City 1-2 Blackpool (L)

Coventry City 2-2 Rotherham United (D)

Stoke City 0-2 Coventry City (W)

Coventry City 1-0 Sheffield United (W)

Cardiff City 0-1 Coventry City (W)

Officials:

The EFL have confirmed that Leigh Doughty will oversee the City's clash with Watford.

It will be the first that Doughty has taken charge of a game involving the Sky Blues this season, with his last outing coming during City's 0-0 draw with Birmingham City twelve months ago.

This season so far, Doughty has awarded 53 yellow cards and three red cards in the 12 games he has officiated across the Sky Bet Championship and Sky Bet League Two.

Doughty will be assisted by Sam Lewis and Matthew Smith whilst Charles Breakspear will act as the fourth official.

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Ticket information:

Tickets are already sold out for Saturday's match.

If your ticket is not with you by Friday 4th November, please contact the ticket office via email: ticketoffice@ccfc.co.uk.

Coach travel is available via EST UK for £26. To book, click here.

Departure times: White Street – 10:45am, Arena Shopping Park (Service Road) – 11am.

Please make sure you arrive at the appropriate departure point 15 minutes before the listed time as the coach will leave on time.

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