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PREVIEW: Coventry City host Birmingham City in Midlands derby

The Sky Blues entertain Wayne Rooney's Birmingham City...

7 December 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Coventry City host Birmingham City in Midlands derby

The Sky Blues entertain Wayne Rooney's Birmingham City...

7 December 2023

The Sky Blues entertain Birmingham City under the lights, live on Sky Sports in SkyBet Championship action.

Meet The Blues...

Despite a positive start to the season, Birmingham City opted to change manager in October, as John Eustace was replaced by former Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney.

The Blues sat in the play-off places when Eustace was dismissed, after beating Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion 3-1 at St Andrew’s.

However, with a change of ownership earlier in the year and Tom Brady’s arrival at the Club, Birmingham looked to Rooney to take them forward.


Rooney has looked to implement his style of football on things at St Andrew’s, but has struggled for results, having picked up five points from a possible of 24.

Last time out, Blues were held to a goalless draw against Rotherham United, leaving them 15th in the Championship heading into tonight.

Mark Robins Quotes:

“It’s always been decent games against Birmingham City our one time, landlord. They've always been tight. We had the cup games when we were in League One and we remember those the league games, especially last season, they were both very tight.

“I think it's going to be an interesting game. There's been a change, Wayne Rooney has gone in with John Eustace leaving and there is certainly an intent there from them to play a certain type of football.

“I think it is an interesting one, but also one we are looking forward to it, there's no doubt about it, under the lights, in front of the cameras and what's not to like.

“Wayne has come in and in circumstances where the team's doing really well, and things just have changed slightly for them.

“Ultimately, when you're trying to sort of put in the philosophy of the board and the club and the way that they want to go about things, sometimes that has a little bit of an effect in a negative way before it starts to build but like I say, that's down to them.

“For us, it's about us and what we're doing and how we go about this game and on the back of the last time out.

“We want to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible. So, tough run of games coming up, there is no doubt this is one of those, but we're looking forward to it.”


Sky Blues' last six:

  • Ipswich Town 2-1 Sky Blues
  • Sky Blues 1-0 Plymouth Argyle
  • Millwall 0-3 Sky Blues
  • Sky Blues 0-0 Stoke City
  • Preston North End 3-2 Sky Blues
  • Sky Blues 0-2 WBA

Birmingham's last six:

  • Birmingham City 0-0 Rotherham United
  • Blackburn Rovers 4-2 Birmingham City
  • Birmingham City 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday
  • Sunderland 3-1 Birmingham City
  • Birmingham City 2-2 Ipswich
  • Southampton 3-1 Birmingham City


Historic head-to-head record:

  • Coventry City wins: 19
  • Draws: 20
  • Birmingham City wins: 24



Sam Allison will be the man in the middle of the clash between the two sides at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Allison last took charge of a Sky Blues fixture back in September, when he officated a 3-2 defeat for Mark Robins men against Cardiff City.

He will be assisted by Paul Hodskinson and Blake Antrobus, whilst Keith Stroud will act as fourth official.


Ticket Information:

This is a Category A fixture - prices are:

Adults - £37
Concessions - £32
Under 18s - £25
JSB Under 14s - £15

Sky Blues fans can buy their tickets in advance of the game online at or the Ticket Office at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
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There are no additional booking fees to pay on top of the prices above.
Please note that the Premium Zone and Family Zone areas are sold out.
The Concession category includes all students (with a valid NUS card), alongside Seniors (65+), Young Adults (21 and Under) and serving members of the Armed Forces.
Our JSB Memberships give City fans aged Under 14 access to the cheaper ticket prices shown above - for details on how to become a JSB Member, click here.


  • Ticket Office in the CCFC Superstore at the Coventry Building Society Arena (Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5:30pm)

Please note the Ticket Office is cashless - contactless card payment is now available.


  • Cash Turnstiles 30-35 from 6:30PM
  • Matchday Ticket Office at the Coventry Building Society Arena - open from 9:30AM until kick-off




The Family Zone area is Blocks 31, 32, 33 and 34 - this is sold out. 

The Premium Zone is Blocks 19, 20 and 21 - this is sold out.

Areas shown in dark blue in the West Stand are our hospitality areas.


For ticket questions and queries, please click here or call 0333 321 3134 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).


Book for Car Park C or Arena Park - just click here.

On-site Car Parking is subject to availability

For on-site parking queries, please contact


To book off-site car parking for this game, click here. 

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