COVENTRY CITY V BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
SATURDAY DECEMBER 31ST AT 3PM
AT THE RICOH ARENA, PHOENIX WAY, COVENTRY, CV6 6GE
Kick off at 3pm.
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. Take the 27 bus from the train station get off at Pool Meadow bus station and catch the 4 or 5 service. Or go out of doors and over the road by Sainsburys and get the 20, getting off the by Tescos.
Parking: Car parking is extremely restricted around the ground. Street parking outside the exclusion zone is available if you are prepared to walk.
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.
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.
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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
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.
The 101 bus service from Pool Meadow should be running for this game.
The 804/805 De Courcey services are.
Tickets prices can be found by clicking on http://www.ccfc.co.uk/page/HomeTickets/0,,10269~2381424,00.html. Wherever possible you should get a ticket in advance to avoid increased matchday charges.
Coventry City have announced that you can pay on the turnstiles for the New Years Eve game with Brighton & Hove Albion. City have also announced that there will be no increase in prices for those who pay on the day and Adults will be able to pay £22 in most areas of the ground apart from the premium blocks in the Tescos and Main Stand.
THE LAST TIME
This is the 57th league and cup match between the two sides. City have won 15 of those games and drawn 19 . They have scored 71 goals compared to Brighton's 85.
Brighton have played at the Ricoh Arena once before. That was back on Feb 4th 2006 and saw a 2-0 win for the Sky Blues. Dennis Wise scored in the 42nd and 68th minute in front of a crowd of 20,541.
The teams that day were:
City: Fulop, Whing, Hall, Page, Williams, Doyle, Adebola (Hutchison 69), McSheffrey (Morrell 29), Scowcroft, John, Wise (Impey 90). SNU Ince,Shaw
Henderson, Hart, Hammond, Carpenter, Butters, Carole, Frutos (Kazim-Richards 69), El-Abd, Robinson (McPhee 70), McShane, Lynch. SNU Martin, Reid, Hinshelwood.
For more on matches between City and Brighton, please click on http://www.coventrycity-mad.co.uk/footydb/loadhed.asp
The currently appointed referee for Coventry City's Championship game against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday is Mark Haywood from West Yorkshire.
The father of four daughters, Mark started refereeing in 1993 after moaning at work to a colleague who was a referee about refereeing decisions he had seen over a weekend. He was eventually challenged to have a go and reached the National List of assistant referees in 2002. Four seasons later, he was promoted to the National List of Referees.
Mr Haywood has had 23 matches so far this season including six Championship matches. So far this season he has shown 67 yellow cards and no red. His last match was Bury's 3-1 win at Scunthorpe on Boxing Day.
His last City game was the 2-1 defeat at QPR in January 2011 and previous City games are the 1-0 home defeat to Hartlepool in the League Cup in August 2009, the 2-0 FA Cup home win over Kidderminster Harriers in January 2009. the 1-1 home draw with Swansea City in November 2008.
His assistants are Marvyn Amphlett from Worcestershire and Carl Dunn from Staffordshire. The Fourth Official is Robert Ellis from Birmingham.
Coventry finally gave their long suffering fans something to cheer about on Monday, a 1-0 win over Bristol City at the Ricoh Arena. The win was slightly dampened by the fact The Robins created over 20 shooting opportunities, but the fact of the matter is Coventry won and now they sit just 5 points from safety.
Next up for the Sky Blues is Guy Poyet's Brighton team who despite being on a 3 match losing streak the bookies fancy to win, pricing them at 7/4 (Victor Chandler). Coventry are unfancied, and you can get a best price of 19/10 with Stan James.
Recommended football betting tip: Coventry Draw No Bet @ 11/10 - BET NOW
Last week we recommended the same bet and it came off after a decent win over relegation battlers Bristol City, and we fancy The Sky Blues to carry on their improvements in this match. Brighton have never won at the Ricoh Arena, and Andy Thorn will be hoping the confidence from last week's win will translate into another 3 points against the Seagulls. 11/10 looks a decent price on Coventry, who will fancy playing Brighton during their current poor form. Using the draw no bet market, you can make money on the win or claim back on a draw, so you have a safety net if the out of form Seagulls manage to nick a point.
For more information, please click on http://www.easyodds.com/sports-betting/tips-previews/coventry-city-tips/news-25051.html