COVENTRY CITY V BRISTOL CITY
MONDAY DECEMBER 26TH 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.
Kenilworth Supporters Club - http://www.coventrycity-mad.co.uk/news/tmnw/coventry_city_kenilworth_supporters_club_712828/index.shtml
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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.
THE LAST TIME
This is the 60th league and cup match between the two sides. City have won 19 of those games and drawn 21 . They have scored 87 goals the same as Bristol City.
Bristol City must love a trip to the Ricoh Arena as they have not lost at the home of the Sky Blues since 2005, in all of their five league and cup visits
In the corresponding fixture last season , Andy Thorn's City side lost 4-1.
The Teams that day were:
Westwood (Ireland 46), R.Keogh, Cameron, Wood, O’Halloran (Hussey 55), Gunnarsson, Clingan, Baker (Eastwood 67), Bell, King (sent off 59), Jutkiewicz. SNU McSheffrey, Clarke, O’Donovan, Ruffles
James, Fortune, Woolford, Cisse, Nyatanga, Caulker (Stewart 32), Spence, Elliott, Clarkson (Pitman 81), Maynard (A.Keogh 75), Adomah. SNU Gerken, Johnson, Cambell-Ryce, Edwards,.
The currently appointed referee for Coventry City's Championship game against Bristol City on Boxing Day is Phil Gibbs from Solihull.
Mr Gibbs is an assistant head teacher in Kings Heath and started his refereeing career whilst at College. He joined the league list in 2008.
He has not had a City first game before. This season he has had 21 matches (six Championship matches) and shown 66 yellows and two red.
His assistants are Rob Merchant from Staffordshire and David Plowright from Nottinghamshire . The Fourth Official is Nick Hobbis from Birmingham.
Coventry are struggling to raise a Christmas cheer this festive period, as fans have now suffered an 11 match winless streak that includes eight losses.
Next up for the Sky Blues are Bristol City, a side in 21st place - eight points ahead of Andy Thorn's men. Despite their lowly position they do have a fantastic record at the Ricoh, winning four and drawing once, with an aggregate score of 13-2.
Despite that worrying statistic, Coventry face Bristol City at a good time as star man Nicky Maynard has announced his intention to leave and after an initial upturn in fortunes The Robins are now without a win in their last 4 matches. The bookies are torn on this Boxing Day battle - both Coventry and Bristol City are priced at 7/4 to win.
Recommended football betting tip: Coventry Draw No Bet @ 11/10 - BET NOW
Coventry seem to lose by a margin of one every week. Despite this, I backed them to win last week at Peterborough - where it happened again.
They face the sinking ship that is Bristol City this Boxing Day and although The Robins have an excellent record at the Ricoh (4 wins 1 draw), I fancy Coventry to get a result of some sort.
After last weeks losing tip though, I recommend playing it safe in the draw no bet market, where a draw will see you recoup your money. Bristol City may not play Nicky Maynard and Coventry have had the impressive Gary Gardner recalled by Aston Villa, so the game will lose some quality in those players, but I think Andy Thorn's men have it in them to gain at least a point in what will probably be a scrappy affair. The draw is priced at 12/5.