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PREVIEW: Sky Blues host Norwich City in Saturday's early kick-off

The Sky Blues will face Norwich City at the Coventry Building Society Arena on Saturday (12:30pm)...

20 January 2023

Coventry City will face Norwich City on Saturday afternoon (12:30pm) in the Championship's early kick-off at the Coventry Building Society Arena...


David Wagner's stint as Norwich City manager may have started in defeat against Blackburn Rovers but the Canaries bounced back on Saturday to beat Preston North End 4-0.

That win lifted the newly-relegated side to seventh in the standings, two points outside the top six.

Teemu Pukki remains a goal threat and has directly contributed to 16 goals already this season, scoring 10. Only Sheffield United star Iliman Ndiaye has contributed to more.

As a team, Norwich boast an impressive record on the road and will arrive at the Coventry Building Society Arena having taken 20 points from 13 games on the road. The Sky Blues, meanwhile, have taken 22 points from their last 13 home fixtures.

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Looking ahead to the weekend, Mark Robins has said:

"Norwich are another side who like to be in possession. They’re a good side with lots of Premier League experience.

“They’re a well-respected and well-run club packed with top international players. They have Pukki, Sargent and Dowell, who chip in with goals.

“They pin you in and try to stay high up the field and after getting a reaction in David Wagner’s first game, they’ll be confident.

“He’s been promoted himself in the past and he has a way of working that he’ll stick to. For us, it’s about what we can do to affect the game. We need to perform to a high level and then take our chances.”

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David Wagner said: "I saw a good game (Last week against Preston), but it was only one game. I felt relief after four or five weeks without a win. The lads needed it.

"We were the ones who were aggressive, showed the intensity and the energy that are crucial in our game. This is what I expect. We have more than 2,500 away supporters on Saturday again, and the energy they provide us, I hope our performance is on that level again."

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Norwich City 3-0 Sky Blues (2022)
Sky Blues 0-2 Norwich City (2021)
Norwich City 2-0 Sky Blues (2021)
Norwich City 1-1 Sky Blues (2020)
Norwich City 6-1 Sky Blues (2016)
Norwich City 3-0 Sky Blues (2016)

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Burnley 1-0 Sky Blues (L)
Sky Blues 3-4 Wrexham (L)
Sky Blues 1-1 Bristol City (D)
Sky Blues 0-0 Cardiff City (D)
Sheffield United 3-1 Sky Blues (L)
Sky Blues 1-0 West Bromwich Albion (W)

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Preston North End 0-4 Norwich City (W)
Norwich City 0-1 Blackburn Rovers (L)
Norwich City 0-1 Watford (L)
Norwich City 1-1 Reading (D)
Luton Town 2-1 Norwich City (L)
Norwich City 0-2 Blackburn Rovers (L)

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Josh Smith will be the man in the middle at the Coventry Building Society Arena on Saturday.

Smith last took charge of a Sky Blues fixture last season: City's draw with Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. He was also referee for the win over Barnsley, earlier that season.

In 20 games this season, the English referee has handed out 98 yellow cards and three reds.

Sam Lewis and Robert Hyde will be his assistant referees with James Linington as fourth official.

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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 1:30pm
  • 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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