COVENTRY CITY V SOUTHAMPTON
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5TH AT 3PM
AT THE RICOH ARENA, PHOENIX WAY, COVENTRY, CV6 6GE
Kick off at 3pm. The game is the Football Family Festival Day
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
AWAY SUPPORTERS PUB
The Lord Raglan,Coventry Rd,Exhall,Coventry,CV7 9EZ Telephone 02476734008 or 07747115478.Opens 11am every day,very large car park for coaches etc.Free car park for people who go into the pub.Less than 10 mins walk to the ground.Exit J3 M6 Follow signs for Bayton Rd Ind Est just 2 mins off the motorway.
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 115th league and cup match between the two sides. City have won 41 of those games and drawn 37. They have scored 158 goals compared to Southampton's 161.
The corresponding fixture on Saturday October 4th 2008 saw a 4-1 win for City with a brace for Jay Tabb and goals for Leon McKenzie and Leon Best against his former club.
The teams that day were
City; Westwood, Osbourne, Fox (Hall 80), Ward,Dann,Doyle, Gunnarsson,Tabb, Eastwood (Mifsud 88), Best (Morrison 80) SNU Marshall,Beuzelin
Davis,Perry,Wotton (Wright Phillips 59),Surman,McCormack,Lellana (Pekhart 59,James (Gillett 59),Lancashire,Cork, Miles,Robertson SNU White,Bialowski.
The currently appointed referee for Coventry City's Championship game against Southampton on Saturday is Michael Naylor from South Yorkshire.
Mr Naylor took a refereeing course with three of his mates from junior football and was promoted to the League list in 2007.
So far this season, he has had ten matches (this is ihs second Championship match) and has shown fifty yellow cards and three red (eleven yellows and two red came in the Notts County V Tranmere game on Aug 16th).
His one and only City game was the 2-2 draw at Burnley last season.
His assistants are Martin Dexter from Leicestershire and Chris Kavanagh from Lancashire. The Fourth Official is Derek Eaton from Gloucestershire.
Coventry +0/+0.5 Asian Handicap 1st Half @ 89/100 (188Bet)
The asian handicap is the way to go with your betting for this fixture with the Sky Blues rarely trailing at the interval at the Ricoh. This bet will be a winner for you if Coventry are leading or drawing at half time and considering that has occurred in all but one of their Championship home fixtures this campaign the odds look solid. Last time out we predicted three goals or more in the Millwall encounter and that selection is worth mentioning again for this match though shorter odds of 49/50 (188Bet) are on offer this time around.
Andy Thorn faces a tough task in picking his men up after a humbling at the New Den on Tuesday evening. But the Sky Blues will immediately look to put that 3-0 loss against Millwall behind then as they get set to face top of the table Southampton at the Ricoh on Saturday afternoon and there will be no prizes for guessing the visitors are favourites at a best price of evens with Paddy Power.
However, Coventry are a tougher nut to crack on home soil - Leicester and Burnley the only sides to have taken points off them in the West Midlands - so we don’t expect the hosts to roll over easily. Perhaps odds of 10/3 (Bet365) on a Sky Blues victory appeals to you.