City Take On Pompey

COVENTRY CITY V PORTSMOUTH FC
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH AT 3PM
AT THE RICOH ARENA, PHOENIX WAY, COVENTRY, CV6 6GE
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MATCH DETAILS
Kick off at 3pm. Coventry City Ladies will be having a Bucket Shake prior outside before the game.
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TRAVEL
By car: Leave the M6 at junction 3. Take the A444 towards the City centre and at the first island go left and you will see the Ricoh Arena on your right.

By rail: For all train information call National Rail Enquiries on: 08457 48 49 50, but be warned Coventry station is a £10+ taxi ride away.

Buses in Coventry
http://www.coventrycity-mad.co.uk/feat/ed14/network_coventry_buses_for_a_match_day_732648/index.shtml

BUS
The 101 bus service from Pool Meadow should be running for this game.

Parking: If the game is expected to attract less than 10,000 spectators then the Residental Parking Scheme may not be enforced.

City supporters can now pay on the day to park at the Ricoh Arena before Coventry City home games. £10 will be charged to park in Car Park A and C with £7 for Car Park B. Getting your parking from the Ricoh Arena itself may see you treated better.

Parking places are subject to availability and motorists will not be allowed to leave the car parks A & B for twenty minutes after the final whistle.

Park And Ride
The park and ride site is at The Oak Pub in Baginton near to Coventry Airport. Parking at the two park and walk sites at Christ the King Football Club in Wheelwright Lane and St Finbarrs and Wayside Business Park in Wilsons Lane. Vehicles can park there for £5.50 per game.

Parking at the two park and walk sites at Christ the King Football Club in Wheelwright Lane and Wayside Business Park in Wilsons Lane won't be affected. Vehicles can park there for £5.50 per game.

For further information or to buy tickets at any the three sites log on to http://www.ricoharena.com/ or telephone 08444 121 747.

Kenilworth Supporters Club - http://www.coventrycity-mad.co.uk/news/tmnw/coventry_city_kenilworth_supporters_club_712828/index.shtml

Travel From London for Members of CCLSC http://www.cclsc.co.uk/

The Sky Blue Express return coach service is back for the new season. Leaving from Christ The King Club in Coundon to the Ricoh Arena for all home games. The coach leaves the club approximately 35mins prior to kick off and returns after the match.

Prices remain the same as last season which are £3.50 for Adults, £2 for under 16's and £5 Family Ticket (one adult//one under 16). Tickets will be available from behind the bar For Further Info you can contact the Sky Blue Express on // 07974532056 // www.facebook.com/skyblueexpress // www.twitter.com/skyblueexpress
CTK Parish Centre, 14 Westhill Road, Coundon, Coventry, CV6 2AA

SAT NAV
Some car satellite navigation systems have not been updated to show Coventry City FC as playing at the Ricoh Arena. Those visiting the ground for the first time are advised to enter "Phoenix Way" and the post code "CV6 6GE" instead.

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ADMISSION Normal admission rates apply;

Corporate Hospitality; http://www.coventrycity-mad.co.uk/news/tmnw/city_v_portsmouth_match_day_hospitality_766576/index.shtml
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MATCH OFFICIALS
The currently appointed referee for Coventry City's League One game against Portsmouth FC on Saturday afternoon at the Ricoh Arena is is Graham Salisbury from Lancashire.

Mr Salisbury got into refereeing through his ex Brother in law in 1985, He was appointed to the Referees List in 2001.

This season, he has sixteen games (six of which have been League One matches) and shown 57 yellows and four red cards.

His last City game was the 1-0 win at Hull City back in April. Other previous City games, he has been in charge of are: the 2-0 defeat at Cardiff City on December 26th 2010, the 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United back in April , the 6-1 win over Derby in January 2006, the 1-1 home draw with Ipswich in November 2005, the 2-1 win at Reading in February 2005, the 1-0 win at Forest in February 2004, the 8-0 League Cup win over Rushden in October 2002 and the 6-1 win at Crewe in February 2002.

His assistants are Daniel Leach and John Farries. The Fourth Official is Nick Hobbis
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THE LAST TIME
Coventry City will meet Portsmouth FC for the 29th time on Saturday.

The Sky Blues have won fourteen of the 28 matches with five draws.

The last meeting between the two sides was on December 3rd 2011 when City lost 2-1 at Fratton Park.

The last time, Portsmouth visited the Ricoh Arena was on March 24th 2012 and this brought a 2-0 win for the Sky Blues with goals from Gary McSheffrey and Oliver Norwood in front of a crowd of 15,809.

The teams that day were;

City: Murphy, Clarke, Keogh, Cranie, Clingan, Hussey (Christie 78), Thomas (Bigiri,mana 46) McSheffrey, Platt, Nimely, Norwood. Subs Dunn, Deegan, McDonald.

Portsmouth: Ashdown, Ward (Etuthu 62), Rocha, Pearce, Varney, Halford, Allen (Scapuzzi 83), Norris (Futacs 62), Thorn, Maguire, Ben Haim. Subs Harris, Rekik.

In Coventry, City have won nine of those meetings, losing three times with one draw.

More head to head: http://www.coventrycity-mad.co.uk/head_to_head/portsmouth/vs/coventry_city/index.shtml
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BETTING TIPS
Coventry City are favourites to beat Portsmouth on Saturday according to the bookmakers.

You can get odds of 10/11 on City to win, 13/5 for Portsmouth to win and 12/5 on the draw.

If you are planning on having a bet then make sure you shop around for the best odds. You can check some of the odds being offered by clicking on http://www.oddschecker.com/football/english/league-1/coventry-v-portsmouth/winner.