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PREVIEW: City host Watford in final fixture before international break

The Hornets are the visitors at the CBS Arena...

1 September 2023

Match Previews

PREVIEW: City host Watford in final fixture before international break

The Hornets are the visitors at the CBS Arena...

1 September 2023

The Sky Blues entertain Watford at the Coventry Building Society Arena this weekend, in the final fixture before the first international break.

Meet The Hornets:

A second consecutive season for the Hornets begins with Valerien Ismael in charge, the fourth manager at the helm since their relegation from the Premier League.

Watford's first season back in the Championship didn't live up to expectations, as they would fail to make it into the top six.

This season has seen a rebuild begin under their new regime, with high profile departures leaving Vicarage Road, with Ismaila Sarr, Joao Pedro, Mario Gaspar, William Troost-Ekong and Christian Kabasele all leaving.


Recruitment has seen Championship experience walk through the door, with Tom Ince and Jake Livermore arriving to bolster the midfield, whilst Matheus Martins, Jamal Lewis and Giorgi Chakvetadze joining on loan.

A 4-0 win at home to Queens Park Rangers promised a bright start to the season, however, back-to-back defeats to Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City have come in the last two outings.


Thoughts of Mark Robins:

“I think this will probably be our toughest game.

“They’re a good side and they've got a lot of quality and they’re young there's only a few players that are over 30 years of age and they've got some exciting young talent.

“They've got they've got good players, but again, they’ll be expected to be, if not in the top two, certainly in the top six."


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Tom Dele-Bashiru's thoughts:

“It’ll be a difficult game for sure - I’ve played against them a couple of times and they’re a hard-working team who are difficult to play against and to break down.

“We know what to expect from them - we know we need to be wary of their counter attack, and we need to win our battles and duels all over the park.

"We have to play our own game no matter who we’re up against though, and if we can do that I’m confident we’ll have what it takes on the day.”


Watford's last six:

  • Watford 0-1 Blackburn Rovers
  • Stoke City 1-0 Watford
  • Watford 0-0 Plymouth Argyle
  • Stevenage 1-1 Watford
  • Watford 4-0 QPR
  • Watford 2-0 Stoke City

Sky Blues' last six:

  • Sky Blues 0-0 Sunderland
  • Swansea City 1-1 Sky Blues
  • Sky Blues 3-0 Middlesbrough
  • AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Sky Blues
  • Leicester City 2-1 Sky Blues
  • Sky Blues 1-1 Luton Town (P)


Historic head-to-head:

Sky Blues wins - 37
Draws - 18
Watford wins - 42


Match Officials:

David Webb will be the man in the middle for Saturday's SkyBet Championship clash with Watford at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Webb last took charge of the Sky Blues during their 4-0 victory against Huddersfield Town in March of this year.
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In four fixtures across the EFL this season, the Lancashire referee has dished out 18 yellow cards, all in the Sky Bet Championship.
Last season, Webb oversaw two Sky Blues fixtures. The victory over Huddersfield and defeat at Turf Moor against Burnley.
Rob Smith and Andrew Dallison will be his assistant referees with Darren Drysdale as fourth official.


Ticket information:

Fans are advised to buy their tickets early, with limited availability in a number of areas of the stadium for the match.

This is a Category B fixture, with ticket prices being:
  • Adults - £30
  • Concessions - £25
  • Under 18s - £20
  • JSB U14s - £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.
There's 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 valid NUS card), alongside Seniors (65+), Young Adults (21 and Under) and serving members of the Armed Forces.

Our brilliant JSB Memberships give City fans age Under 14 access to the cheaper ticket prices shown above.



  • Ticket Office at the Coventry Building Society Arena (Tue-Fri, 9:30am-5:30pm - please note this is closed Bank Holiday Monday)

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


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