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Preview: Coventry City (A)

16 October 2015

Blackpool Head To The Ricoh Arena

Fixture| Coventry City vs Blackpool
Date| 17 October 2015
Venue| Ricoh Arena

With confidence building following three wins on the spin, and a refreshed squad after a week off, Blackpool will travel to high-flying Coventry City with morale high. 

Neil McDonald’s men won consecutive league games and progressed in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy prior to last weekend’s break. 

The manger expects the rest to have done his squad the world of good however, with a number of players shaking off knocks, so his injuries should be at a minimal. 

However, a tough test awaits them at the Ricoh Arena this weekend, with The Sky Blues knowing three points could move them to the summit come 5pm.  

The Opposition
Back on Coventry soil, The Sky Blues have started the new campaign well, in what is their fourth consecutive season at this level.

Tony Mowbray guided the team to survival last season and now has them sat in the play-off places, just three points off leaders Walsall.

City were on the Fylde Coast a week ago when they beat Fleetwood Town 1-0, which was their seventh win from 11 League One matches. 

Yet to lose at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry should prove a tough test, particularly with the league’s top goalscorer Adam Armstrong returning from international duty. 

Team News
Blackpool trio Kyle Letheren, David Norris and Henry Cameron will be assessed prior to Saturday’s game, after missing out at Port Vale through injury.

Lloyd Jones will definitely miss the Coventry trip, after the defender underwent surgery on his ankle injury recently. 

Eight-goal Armstong returns to the City side after he, Bryn Morris and Ryan Kent returned from international duty this week.

Ivor Lawton has been ruled out for the season with a knee injury, while James Maddison, Jordan Willis and Jack Finch also remain sidelined.  

Pre-Match Talk
McDonald: “They’re a very good footballing team. They’re in the top six and we haven’t taken anything from a top six team yet, but we’re full of confidence and really looking forward to the game at a big stadium.”

Mowbray: "I think Neil McDonald's an experienced guy, not necessarily as a manager but as a footballer and being with Big Sam. They've won the last three and are headed in the right direction. We're mindful of their positive vibe but we have one of our own after our last two wins."

Tangerine PlayerHD will be providing full 90 minute commentary from the match, while the Blackpool FC Twitter feed will be providing live updates for the entirety. 

Reaction will be available on the official website post-match, as well as on YouTube, PlayerHD and social media.  

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