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PREVIEW: The Sky Blues host the Tangerines

Mark Robins' side take on Blackpool...

28 October 2022

Match Previews

PREVIEW: The Sky Blues host the Tangerines

Mark Robins' side take on Blackpool...

28 October 2022

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


Blackpool come into the game this weekend off the back of a derby win over Preston North End at Bloomfield Road last week.

The win moved the Tangerines up into 18th in the Championship, with five wins, four draws and seven defeats in the league this season.


The 2022/23 campaign is also the first for boss Michael Appleton, who replaced Neil Critchley during the summer, with the former Blackpool boss heading to Aston Villa.

Appleton made 14 summer signings to make his mark at the club, including welcoming the arrivals of Charlie Patino from Arsenal, Rhys Williams from Liverpool and Ian Poveda from Leeds United.


Mark Robins on Blackpool:

“They’ve been really good, and they’ve played some really good stuff and they’ve created and took a lot of chances.

“They’ve been involved in some 3-3s against Sheffield United the other week and then the game against Burnley earlier in the season and then they’ve got Jerry Yates scoring goals, I think he has three braces in four games so he’s going to be full of confidence.

“Liam Bridcutt has come into the side and done well, he came off the other night so whether he’s available tomorrow I’m not sure, but they’ve got some goof players who have had 12 months in the division.

“We expect a really difficult game because that’s what you get every week, but if we win the game, we can go above them and that’s an incentive as well.”



Michael Appleton on Coventry:

"Liam Bridcutt had a little bit of a hamstring strain but nothing too serious, we expect him back potentially for next weekend. West Brom might come a bit too soon for him on Tuesday but I think the way it is and how it presented, he's got a good chance for next weekend," Appleton said.

"In terms of Hubby (James Husband) and Jordan (Thorniley), they both came through this week fine. It was more cramp and tiredness and stiffness in the calf and the hamstring so that's pleasing.

"To be fair I wasn't too concerned after the game having spoken to the players in the dressing room straight after the game, it was just more precaution more than anything. If you tend to keep them on that extra five, ten minutes whatever it may be, you put them at risk of turning what presents as stiffness turning into some kind of strain or pull which we don't want."


Head-to-Head record:

Coventry City wins: 11
Draws: 6
Blackpool wins: 17

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Blackpool's last six:

Blackpool 4-2 Preston North End
Blackpool 1-3 Hull City
Sheffield United 3-3 Blackpool
Blackpool 3-1 Watford
Sunderland 0-0 Blackpool
Blackpool 0-1 Norwich City



The EFL have confirmed that Darren Bond will act as referee for The Sky Blues' clash with Blackpool this weekend.

Bond, from Lancashire, last took charge of a Sky Blues fixture on the opening day of the season when City drew 1-1 with Sunderland.


So far season, Bond has officiated 12 Championship fixtures, awarding 51 yellow cards and one red card.

He will be assisted by Philip Dermott and Bhupinder Gill with Adam Herczeg 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 1:30pm. There is no matchday price increase. 

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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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