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PREVIEW: Sky Blues host the Blades

City take on Paul Heckingbottom's side...

19 October 2022

The Sky Blues are back at the Coventry Building Society Arena to face The Blades in a Sky Bet Championship fixture. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the opponents...

Opposition:

After disappointment in the Play-Off Semi-Final's last season, Sheffield United currently sit 2nd in the Championship, level on points with league leaders Burnley.

Entering their second season back in England's second tier, the Blades have started the season with seven wins from their opening 14 fixtures.

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Blades boss Heckingbottom has kept the majority of the side that finished in the Play-Offs last season, with Morgan Gibbs-White ending his loan spell the only major loss from his side.

United have added the likes of Ciaran Clark, Tommy Doyle and James McAtee to their ranks on loan, alongside their only permanent deal which saw Anel Ahmedhodžić join from Malmo.

 

Mark Robins on Sheffield United:

"We’re back at home now as we prepare for six of our next eight games being here at the Arena and in front of our own supporters.

"We’re facing a Sheffield United side who have quality and experience in their team and are near the top of the table and we’re expecting a really good contest.

"We can take confidence from our recent performances and the knowledge that we are a good andimproving team, and this is a match that we are looking forward to."

 

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Paul Heckingbottom's thoughts:

"We have to learn from [the Blackpool game]. Everything we showed at 3-2, we need to show again. We were a little bit slack and a little bit wasteful.

"We need to be stronger in our duels at Coventry City, if we want to win there. That is the message [for my players] as we prepare for that [game].

"We cannot be out-competed and we cannot be out-fought or Coventry will do us."

Head-to-Head record:

Coventry City wins: 23
Draws: 19
Sheffield United wins: 23

 

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Sheffield United's last six:

Sheffield United 3-3 Blackpool
Stoke City 3-1 Sheffield United
Sheffield United 0-1 Queens Park Rangers
Sheffield United 1-1 Birmingham City
Preston North End 0-2 Sheffield United
Swansea City 0-1 Sheffield United

 

Officials:

The EFL have confirmed that Keith Stroud will act as referee for The Sky Blues' clash with Sheffield United on Wednesday night.

Stroud, from Hampshire, last took charge of a Sky Blues fixture, back in April when he was the man in the middle for City's 3-1 win away at Fulham.

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So far this season, Stroud has taken charge of 12 fixtures across the Championship, League One and League Two, awarding 62 yellow cards and two red cards.

He will be assisted by Ian Cooper and Robert Merchant, with Stephen Martin acting as his fourth official.

 

Ticket information:

Sky Blues fans will be able to pay on the day at the Arena at Cash Turnstiles, or from the Ticket Office.

Tickets will be available to buy from the Ticket Office at the Coventry Building Society Arena, which opens at 9:30am and is open until kick-off. This is cashless, with card and contactless payment available. 

Sky Blues fans can buy at Cash Turnstiles 30–35 from 6:30pm on Wednesday night. There is no matchday price increase. 

Ticket Info for the game can be seen here

For any queries, please click here or call 0333 321 31 34

For all queries on the day, please visit the Ticket Office from 9:30am.

Please note that Season Tickets are not available to buy on matchdays.


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