Coventry City vs Accrington Stanley | Ricoh Arena | 3.00pm | Sky Bet League Two |
It’s community day at the Ricoh Arena and a bumper crowd of almost 30,000 is expected as two of the league’s most in-form sides meet this afternoon.
Victory in midweek saw Stanley move back into the automatic promotion positions, while opponents the Sky Blues sit one place, and one point, outside of the play off places.
We’ve got everything that you need to know ahead of the big clash:
Stanley wins – 2
Games drawn – 0
Coventry wins – 3
Last Time Out:
Sean McConville’s 14th minute strike was enough for Stanley, who held off a strong Coventry second half fightback, to win 1-0 at the Wham Stadium back in October.
That three points saw Stanley leapfrog their opponents in the table, moving up to fourth but just three points clear of Mark Robins’ men.
John Coleman’s only fitness concern is that of his in-form winger Sean McConville. The 28-year-old has six goals in his last seven games but was on the wrong end of a heavy challenge on Tuesday evening that forced him off with an ankle injury. However, Coleman is confident that his man shake it off and start.
His opposite number Mark Robins has a couple of injury headaches. Former Stanley man Tom Davies will definitely miss out after breaking his collar bone, while Jack Grimmer and Chris Stokes (both hamstring), could both miss out. Team mates, Jodi Jones and Tony Andreu both remain long-term absentees.
One to Watch – Marc McNulty
25-year-old McNulty heads into this one fresh from picking up his League Two Player of the Month award, beating Stanley’s in-form forward in the process.
The Sky Blues striker has four in his last three games, taking his tally to 26 for the season in League Two and 32 in all competitions.
McNulty was a second half substitute when Stanley beat Coventry 1-0 back in October, but it’s almost certain he’ll be starting this time round.
The Reds backline will have to be at their best to keep the, former Sheffield United and Portsmouth, marksman quiet.
Man in the Middle – Dean Whitestone
Mr Whitestone has taken charge of 74 matches so far this season, across League’s One and Two, The FA Cup and the EFL Trophy.
This will be both his first Stanley and Coventry match of the season, while the Northamptonshire-born ref has shown 74 yellow and three red cards this campaign.
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