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PREVIEW: Sky Blues head to Ashton Gate following international break

City return to action this weekend...

20 October 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: Sky Blues head to Ashton Gate following international break

City return to action this weekend...

20 October 2023

The Sky Blues travel to Ashton Gate to face Bristol City, following the international break, as they return to Championship action.

Meet The Robins:

Level on points with the Sky Blues heading into the weekend, Bristol City occupy a position below Mark Robins side, with goal difference separating the two.

Four wins, three draws and four defeats from their opening eleven fixtures marks a mixed start to the season for Nigel Pearson's men.

A summer of change saw departures for ever-presents Jay Dasilva, Alex Scott, Tomas Kalas and Han-Noah Massengo, with Jason Knight, Taylor Gardner-Hickman, Rob Dickie and Ross McCrorie coming in the other direction.

The Robins come into the game off the back of three defeats in their last four fixtures, with a win against Rotherham United sandwiched inbetween.


Mark Robins Quotes:

“We are picking up good performances and on the back of that some decent results of late so as you say, we’re four unbeaten and we go to a really tough place.

“They’re a high intensity pressing team with young players alongside some good experience within that, with Matty James and Rob Dickie, who’s come from QPR in the summer.

“They have a really good set of players that know what they're doing, and they've got some really good staff.

“Nigel is a top, top manager. He’s been in the game for a long, long time and had success wherever he's been and he's building a really exciting young team there.”

“He's had to change a lot of things. Obviously, similarly to us, they lost some players in the summer but he's brought in some players and done some really good business.

Nigel Pearson's Quotes:

“He’s had six and a half years, which is a very long time in managerial stints, so what it does is says they believe in what he’s doing, but also, for him, he’s had a tolerance of the crap that’s gone with it, and there have been considerable difficulties off the field for him, the staff and the players.


“I have a lot of respect for managers in general, rather than coaches, who have to deal with the reconstruction of an operation or to make sure there is some sort of clarity of how people work within the organisation. The coaching side of it is one thing, the management side is for teams who are going in a different direction.”



Bristol City's last six:

  • Bristol City 0-0 West Bromwich Albion
  • Bristol City 4-1 Plymouth Argyle
  • Leicester City 1-0 Bristol City
  • Bristol City 2-3 Stoke City
  • Rotherham 1-2 Bristol City
  • Leeds United 2-1 Bristol City

Sky Blues' last six:

  • Sky Blues 1-1 Norwich City
  • Sky Blues 1-0 Blackburn Rovers
  • Queens Park Rangers 1-3 Sky Blues
  • Sky Blues 1-1 Huddersfield Town
  • Cardiff City 3-2 Sky Blues
  • Hull City 1-1 Sky Blues


Historic head-to-head:

Sky Blues wins - 25
Draws - 24
Bristol City wins - 24


Match Officials:

David Webb will be the man in the middle of City's clash with Bristol City this weekend at Ashton Gate.

Webb has been tasked with refereeing the fixture, his first Coventry match since the Club's 3-3 defeat against Watford back in September earlier this year.


The referee will be supported by assistant officials Rob Smith and Robert Merchant. His fourth official will be Daniel Middleton.


Ticket information:

Coventry City had a full allocation of 3,000 tickets for this fixture - these sold out earlier this month and we will not be receiving any further tickets.

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