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Preview: Coventry City (A)

4 August 2018

The Iron will begin their 2018/19 Sky Bet League One campaign away at Coventry City on Saturday (kick-off 3.00pm).

Manager Nick Daws will be hoping his side can get off to the perfect start, but the newly promoted Sky Blues will also have aspirations of starting the season with three points.

Ex-Iron boss Mark Robins guided Coventry City through the play-offs in League Two last season, beating Exeter City 3-1 at Wembley.

TEAM NEWS...

Josh Morris (minor thigh injury), Matt Gilks (long-term knee injury) and Rory McArdle (one match suspension) are the only definite absentees.

The first of those players is set for a scan on Friday to establish whether he can step up his comeback, while the latter is recovering from a heel problem which ruled him out of the home friendly against Lincoln the previous week.

Funso Ojo and Duane Holmes have both returned to training but have missed parts of pre-season so will be assessed ahead of the game, with the long-term picture considered.

In terms of the opposition, Abu Ogogo has declared himself fit to make his Coventry debut against the Iron on Saturday.

The summer signing from Shrewsbury has seen his pre-season preparations disrupted by a thigh strain. However, Ogogo built on his half-hour run out against West Brom by featuring for the Under-23s this week to crank up his fitness levels.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS...

United scored two late goals to beat Coventry 3-1 at Glanford Park on the final day of the 2016/17 season.

The away side took the lead, but Kevin van Veen pegged the Iron back level before Neal Bishop and Hakeeb Adelakun sealed the victory.

SEASON / DATE COMPETITION RESULT IRON SCORERS
2016-17 - Sun 30 April LG 1 Iron 3-1 Coventry van Veen, Bishop, Adelakun
2016-17 - Sat 11 Nov LG 1 Coventry 0-1 Iron Morris 
2015-16 - Sat 30 Jan  LG 1  Coventry 1-2 Iron  Hopper, Wallace 
2015-16 - Sat 12 Sep  LG 1  Iron 1-0 Coventry  Madden 
2014-15 - Tue 10 Feb  LG 1  Coventry 1-1 Iron  McSheffrey 
2014-15 - Tue 16 Sep  LG 1  Iron 2-1 Coventry  Madden, Taylor 
2012-13 - Sat 9 Mar  LG 1  Iron 1-2 Coventry  Sodje 
2012-13 - Sat 10 Nov  LG 1  Coventry 1-2 Iron  Clarke 2 
2010-11 - Fri 22 Apr  CHAMP  Coventry 1-1 Iron  Nunez 
2010-11 - Sat 27 Nov  CHAMP  Iron 0-2 Coventry   
2009-10 - Sat 27 Feb  CHAMP  Coventry 2-1 Iron  McCann 
2009-10 - Sun 6 Dec  CHAMP  Iron 1-0 Coventry  Hooper 
2007-08 - Sat 1 Mar  CHAMP  Iron 2-1 Coventry  Paterson, Cork 
2007-08 - Sat 27 Nov  CHAMP  Coventry 1-1 Iron  Cork 

Our full record against Coventry is as follows: 

  P W D L F A
Home 7 10 
Away 3 9  
TOTAL 14  8 19   14 

ONE TO WATCH...

Last season’s top scorer Marc McNulty has left to join Championship side Reading so Coventry will be looking to Jonson Clark-Harris for goals this term.

Clarke-Harris came through the youth system at the club and became their youngest ever player to play in a first team match.

He then left in 2012 to sign for Peterborough United, before moving to Oldham Athletic and Rotherham United. 

The forward re-joined Coventry on loan in January and then made the move permanent this summer.

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Accrington Stanley vs Gillingham (3.00pm)
Barnsley vs Oxford United (3.00pm)
Burton Albion vs Rochdale (3.00pm)
Fleetwood Town vs AFC Wimbledon (3.00pm)
Peterborough United vs Bristol Rovers (3.00pm)
Portsmouth vs Luton Town (3.00pm)
Shrewsbury Town vs Bradford City (3.00pm) 
Southend United vs Doncaster (3.00pm)
Walsall vs Plymouth Argyle (3.00pm)
Wycombe Wanderers vs Blackpool (3.00pm)


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