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PREVIEW: Sky Blues head to the Stadium of Light

City take on the Black Cats in final away fixture of 2023...

22 December 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Sky Blues head to the Stadium of Light

City take on the Black Cats in final away fixture of 2023...

22 December 2023

City travel to the North East for their final away fixture of 2023 against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Meet Sunderland...

This will be the Black Cats first fixture since appointing new manager, Michael Beale as the man to replace Tony Mowbray at the Stadium of Light.

Mowbray took over at Sunderland last season, replacing Alex Neil and ultimately taking the North East side into the play-off places, falling shor against eventual winners, Luton Town.

However, following a mixed run of results in the opening few months of the 2023/24 season, Sunderland acted, dismissing Mowbray and appointing former QPR and Rangers boss, Michael Beale.

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Currently sitting 7th in the Championship, just outside of the top six, Sunderland host the Sky Blues in their final home fixture of the calendar year.

Jack Clarke tops the scoring charts for the Black Cats, with ten goals to his name, after Sunderland lost key man, Ross Stewart in the summer to Southampton.

Jobe Bellingham, Bradley Dack, Jenson Seelt and Luis Semedo were just four of the new faces to come through the door this past transfer window, as Sunderland look to go one further than last year this season.

 

Mark Robins Quotes:

“I think we're just getting some confidence from results. We're getting confidence from performances and obviously executing game plans brilliantly and they deserve an enormous amount of credit for what they're doing and hopefully that continues and I'm sure it will continue.

“We have another big game coming against Sunderland, who are a really good football team.

“I felt for Tony (Mowbray), because I think he'd done a great job there, but they felt that they wanted to make a change.

“So, Michael Beale comes in and it's his first game tomorrow, so there’s all of those things around the game and also you'd expect it to be pretty near full house.”

 

Sunderland's last six:

  • Bristol City 1-0 Sunderland
  • Sunderland 1-0 Leeds United
  • Sunderland 2-1 West Brom
  • Millwall 1-1 Sunderland
  • Sunderland 1-2 Huddersfield Town
  • Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Sunderland

Sky Blues' last six:

  • Leeds United 1-1 Sky Blues
  • Sky Blues 1-1 Southampton
  • Sky Blues 2-0 Birmingham City
  • Ipswich Town 2-1 Sky Blues
  • Sky Blues 1-0 Plymouth Argyle
  • Millwall 0-3 Sky Blues

 

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Historic head-to-head:

Sky Blues wins - 16
Draws - 17
Sunderland wins - 12

 

Match Officials:

The EFL have confirmed that Matthew Donohue will be the man in the middle this weekend against Sunderland.

Donohue last took charge of a Sky Blues fixture earlier this year in April, when City beat Reading 2-1 at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

He will be assisted by Paul Hodskinson and Robert Hyde. Simon Mather will act as fourth official.

 

Ticket information:

Coventry City have a FULL allocation of 2,000 tickets for this fixture - as of the morning of 18th December, around 975 tickets have been sold.

Sky Blues fans can purchase 1 ticket per Supporter Number.

The Priority Points Scheme will be used. Supporters buying a ticket for this game will receive 10 points.

SALE DATES:

Tickets are now on General Sale.

Ticket Prices

Adults: £32
Over 65: £29
Under 22: £24
Under 16*: £14

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AMBULANT DISABLED:

Ambulant disabled supporters who require minimal steps/walking are advised to sit on rows lower down where possible (Rows 6 or 7). Priced at the relevant ageband with personal assistant going free of charge. Please note that Sunderland stipulate that a personal assistant/carer must be over the age of 18. These tickets can be purchased via the ticket office (in person, email or phone) subject to availability.

Match stewards will be available at the away turnstile entry points to direct any supporters who need lift access to Tier 3.

WHEELCHAIR DISABLED:

We have received 6 pairs of wheelchair user/PA tickets in Block P37. Priced at the relevant ageband with personal assistant going free of charge. Please note that Sunderland stipulate that a personal assistant/carer must be over the age of 18.

HOW TO BUY:

  • Online at eticketing.co.uk/CCFC
  • Visit the Ticket Office at the Coventry Building Society Arena (Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5:30pm)

Disabled supporters can buy online at eticketing.co.uk/CCFC or in person at the Ticket Office, or on 024 7699 1987, option 1 (please note lines may be busy).

Away Tickets are not available in person on home matchdays.

POSTAL DATES AND FEES, AND MISSING TICKETS:

Postal Cut Off: Tuesday 19th December 2023 at 2pm

Tickets Off-Sale: Friday 22nd December at Midday

Ticket Collection – Advance: Ticket Collection will be available until Friday 22nd December @ Midday

Ticket Collection – Matchday: Tickets not collected in advance will be available to collect at Sunderland AFC on the day of the game from the ticket office located within Black Cat House.

Fees: There is a £1 booking fee per ticket. There is a £1.20 postage fee per booking

Tickets Not Arrived/Missing Tickets: If your ticket is not with you by Friday 22nd December, please contact the ticket office via email on ticketoffice@ccfc.co.uk before Midday on that day.

COACH TRAVEL:

Executive coach travel is available via EST UK for £36. To book, click here

Coach travel includes allocated seating, toilets and USB charging

Departure times are: White Street – 8:30am, Arena Shopping Park (Service Road) – 9am

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

OTHER INFORMATION:

Children under the age of 2 years will not be permitted entry.

Anyone aged Under 14 must be accompanied by and seated next to an adult/senior/concession aged 18 or over. Please do not buy a ticket for a junior aged Under 14 on its own, as this will not be issued to you.

Please note the Stadium of Light is now fully cashless. Contactless card payments have been introduced throughout the stadium, providing supporters with a simple and efficient purchase process when buying food, drinks, and merchandise inside the stadium.


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