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PREVIEW: Sky Blues v ROVERS

20 March 2015

Saturday 21st March 2015 (3pm), Ricoh Arena, Sky Bet League One.

Doncaster Rovers look to get their top six ambitions back on track when they travel to the Ricoh Arena to face Coventry City on Saturday.

Both sides have plenty to play for with the threat of relegation potentially looming over the former Premier League side, who now name Tony Mowbray as their manager after parting company with Steven Pressley.

Mowbray’s impact has had the desired effect as he’s seen his side take seven points from their last three games.

That sort of form will be sought after by opposition manager Paul Dickov who has seen his side drop from 6th to 12th in just two league games – home defeats to Peterborough United and Swindon Town.

The pair first met in the 1925/26 season and Rovers were quick to avenge a 4-0 away defeat with a 8-1 home win – still one of the biggest victories in the club’s history.

Rovers did not record their first (of two) victories on Coventry soil until 1951 and would have to wait 61 years for their second; goals from James Hayter and Simon Gillett condemning City to relegation – along with Rovers – and the Midlands side haven’t returned to the second tier since.

The South Yorkshire side have not visited for close to two years (a 1-0 loss) but will be looking to replicate Boxing Day’s 2-0 win where goals from Andy Butler and Harry Forrester separated the teams.

Last time out (29/03/13):
CCFC 1 (Christie, 13)
DRFC  0
League 1
Ricoh Arena

CCFC - J Murphy, J Stewart, W Edjenguele, A Martin, C Christie, F Moussa, C Baker (D Bell, 83), J Bailey, J Fleck (C Thomas, 89), A Barton, C Ball (C Wilson, 72)   
DRFC – G Woods, J McCombe, A Griffin, T Spurr, J Husband (D Furman, 46), R Jones, J Lundstram, J Coppinger, D Cotterill, C Brown, I Hume (K Bennett, 66)
Head to head league results (in Coventry):
Rovers – 2
CCFC – 7
Draws – 1

Team News:
Rovers – Paul Keegan (knee) is a long term absentee. James Coppinger (ankle) could potentially make the eighteen man squad.
CCFC – Defender Aaron Phillips could come in to contention while Mowbray is sweating on the fitness of Marcus Tudgay. Welsh international Sam Ricketts will not be signing from Wolves.

Fancy a flutter? Rovers 8/5, Draw 12/5, CCFC 19/10.

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