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PREVIEW: Sky Blues play host to Burnley

Coventry City welcome Burnley to the Coventry Building Society Arena...

7 October 2022

The Sky Blues welcome Burnley to the Coventry Building Society Arena on Saturday in a Sky Bet Championship fixture. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the fixture...


Relegated from the Premier League last season, Burnley will be targeting an instant return to the top flight this term.

The Clarets have Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany at the helm, after he impressed in his first managerial role with Anderlecht, and made a number of impressive summer signings, including the arrivals of Nathan Tella and Manuel Benson.

Their start to the season has been a strong one with Burnley now counting a 10-game unbeaten run, stretching all the way back to early August.

Kompany's side are placed fifth in the standing after 12 games.

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From the Coventry camp:

Speaking to the media on Friday, City boss Mark Robins has said: "There’s Premier League quality there and we understand that they have a possession based game, where they try to have the ball and move you into positions you don’t want to be in and if you allow them to do that then it will be a long afternoon.

"We have to try and impose our game on theirs as well at some point in the game when we can, and I think it will an interesting game and a really good one tomorrow."

Following the manager in adressing the media, defender Jake Bidwell added: "Burnley are a decent side but we've not had these home games consistently yet and, looking back to the start the team had last year, we want to replicate that and get some good form going at home.

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"Burnley have had big changes in the summer. They've completely revamped their style of play, so it will be a good test for us.

"We are on a good run at the moment and we will be looking to take the game to them, especially at home."

From the Burnley camp:

Vincent Kompany has said: "If you have more games left to play than the other teams, then you’re in a false position. Coventry are trying to re-connect with the form they had last season, and the threat and quality they had in particular.

"For us, it’s another game in the Championship which is unpredictable. They’re going to be a difficult team and we’re working hard to go to the next step."

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Head-to-Head record:

  • Coventry City wins: 13
  • Draws: 13
  • Burnley wins: 23

Coventry's last six:

  • Bristol City 0-0 Coventry City (D)
  • Coventry City 1-0 Middlesbrough (W)
  • Birmingham City 0-0 Coventry City (D)
  • Luton Town 2-2 Coventry City (D)
  • Norwich City 3-0 Coventry City (L)
  • Coventry City 0-1 Preston North End (L)

Burnley's last six:

  • Burnley 1-1 Stoke City (D)
  • Cardiff City 1-1 Burnley (D)
  • Burnley 2-1 Bristol City (W)
  • Preston 1-1 Burnley (D)
  • West Brom 1-1 Burnley (D)

The man in the middle:

The EFL have confirmed that John Busby will act as referee for The Sky Blues' clash with Burnley this weekend.

He will be assisted by Rob Smith and Adrian Waters, with Carl Brook acting as his fourth official.

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Ticket information:

This is a Category A fixture – prices are:

  • Adults - £33
  • Concessions - £28
  • Under 18s - £20
  • JSB U16s - £15
  • JSB U13s - £0

To see ticket info, click here.

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