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Coventry City vs. Leicester City

Ricoh Arena

02/10/09

12.30 p.m.

Preview: Coventry vs Leicester

Local rivals Coventry and Leicester take to the stage tomorrow afternoon at the Ricoh Arena, as both bid to maintain their excellent starts to the Championship season.

Coventry lie just one point below their visitors tomorrow after Tuesday evening's 3-2 victory over Watford, following an impressive two goal comeback at the hands of Middlesbrough the previous weekend.

Leicester head into the game on the back of a hard-fought win at 'Boro on Tuesday, Lloyd Dyer's 83rd minute strike enough to seperate the two sides on the night.

Both sides have relied heavily on inidivual's for goals so far this season, with Coventry's front two of Leon Best and Clinton Morrison helping themselves to six goals apiece in the Championship this campaign. It is a similar story for the Foxes, who in Matty Fryatt have a player accountable for over half of their league goals this year.

An expected 4,500 Leicester fans are expected to be making the short trip down the M69 for the match tomorrow in anticipation of witnessing a first Foxes league victory at the Ricoh.

Vital Quotes:

Coventry City Team News:

The Sky Blues will be without the services of former-Leicester loanee David Bell, who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury.

It is a similar story for James McPake (shoulder), and both Marcus Hall and Ben Turner, both doubtful with knee injuries.

Player to watch: Sammy Clingan

The Northern Ireland international has weighed in with two goals in his last three league appearances for Coventry. The summer signing from Nottingham Forest has firmly established himself as something of a fans' favourite at the Ricoh with his notable eye for a pass and midfield prowess.

Leicester City Team News:

Aleksander Tunchev's return from injury has been frustratingly cut short with the news that he requires a second knee operation. Tunchev has recently returned from an eight month lay-off, but is now facing 'clean-up' surgery on his troublesome knee.

Player to watch: Chris Weale

The goalkeeper signed from Bristol City in the summer has proved to be one of Pearson's most astute dealings to date, after some fine performances so far for the Foxes this season. With the prospect of Coventry's front three to deal with tomorrow, Weale may have to be on hand to help his side once again tomorrow.

Match Facts & Stats

- Coventry have only had four different goal-scorers in the league so far this season.

- By filling just 49.3% of their stadium on average this season, Coventry boast the worst attendance to capacity ratio in the league.

- Matty Fryatt is currently the Championship's second highest scorer, with 8 to date.

- Leicester have taken on average, 52 minutes to score their first goal away from home. In comparison, Coventry have taken just 30 minutes to score their first goal at the Ricoh.

Match Prediction:

A score draw. Coventry 1-1 Leicester.

Next Fixtures:

Saturday 17th October

Coventry: Sheffield Wednesday (A)

Leicester: Derby (H)


The Journalist

Writer: JBFox Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 2 2009

Time: 11:08AM

 

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