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PREVIEW: Sky Blues host Sunderland at the Coventry Building Society Arena

Mark Robins' side take on Sunderland for Saturday's early kick-off...

23 February 2023

Club News

PREVIEW: Sky Blues host Sunderland at the Coventry Building Society Arena

Mark Robins' side take on Sunderland for Saturday's early kick-off...

23 February 2023

The Sky Blues are back at the Coventry Building Society Arena for an early kick-off against Sunderland this weekend.

Meet the Black Cats:

Sunderland are back in the Championship this season for the first time since 2017 after winning promotion from League One last term.

The Club found themselves down in the third tier after suffering back-to-back relegation from the Premier League and Championship and struggled to immediately bounce back

Since then, the Black Cats have moved into play-off contention and have set their sights on promotion back to the Premier League.

Their defeat last time out against Rotherham United has slowed their progress but a win over the Sky Blues could move them as high as fourth.

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However, a win for City and Tony Mowbray's side will feel Coventry breathing down their necks in the top six race.

Sunderland will be without injured top scorer Ross Stewart. His void has been filled by Leeds United loanee Joe Gelhardt.

And they boast plenty of attacking threats from elsewhere, including Manchester United loanee Amad Diallo.

Inside the Sky Blues camp:

Mark Robins has said: "They're above us in the table and they're not too far outside the top six. If we can get a result it lifts us closer to them, and then we're a lot closer to those top six places ourselves.

"I think it is going to be a really good game of football tomorrow. They have got a really young squad with very few players over the age of 30. They're an incredibly talented group.

"They have improved during January by signing Joe Gelhardt but they also have Patrick Roberts and Amad Diallo, who has made a big difference. Daniel Ballard was also a very good signing.

"They play some really good football and it will be a good match tomorrow. It will be tough for both games but a good game of football."

Sunderland form:

Rotherham United 2-1 Sunderland (L)
Sunderland 1-1 Bristol City (D)
QPR 0-3 Sunderland (W)
Sunderland 1-0 Reading (W)
Sunderland 2-3 Fulham (L)
Millwall 1-1 Sunderland (D)

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Sky Blues form:

Rotherham United 0-2 Sky Blues (W)
Sky Blues 1-0 Millwall - (W)
Sky Blues 1-1 Luton Town - (D)
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Sky Blues - (L)
Sky Blues 2-0 Huddersfield Town - (W)
Sky Blues 2-4 Norwich City - (L)

Historic head-to-head record:

Sky Blues wins – 15
Draws – 16
Sunderland wins - 12

Match Officials:

Dean Whitestone will be the referee for Saturday's fixture at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Whitestone is yet to referee a City fixture this season and was last took charge of a match involving Coventry last season, our 2-1 win over Bristol City.

He also took charge of our draw with Derby County and a defeat against Queens Park Rangers.

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So far this season, Whitestone has dished out 72 yellow cards and two reds in 24 matches.

Daniel Leach and Matthew Smith will act as his assistants with Andy Woolmer as fourth official.

Ticket information:

This is a Category A fixture, with ticket prices being:

Adults - £33

Concessions - £28

Under 18s - £20

JSB U16s - £15

JSB U13s - £0

Sky Blues fans can buy their tickets in advance of the game online at* or the Ticket Office at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Fans will also be able to buy on the day at the Ticket Office from 9:30am or at Cash Turnstiles 30-35 from 11am. 

There's no Premium Zone, no additional booking fees to pay and there's no matchday price increase either.

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The Concession category includes all students (with valid NUS card), alongside Seniors (60+), Young Adults (21 and Under) and serving members of the Armed Forces.

Our brilliant JSB Memberships are just £25 and give City fans age Under 16 access to the cheap ticket prices shown above all season!


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


  • Cash Turnstiles 30-35 from 11:00am
  • Ticket Office at the Coventry Building Society Arena - open from 9:30am

Please note the Ticket Office is cashless, with contactless payment available. 

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