DERBY COUNTY V COVENTRY CITY
SATURDAY JANUARY 14TH 9TH AT 3PM
AT PRIDE PARK, ROYAL WAY, DERBY, DE24 8XL
Kick off at 3pm.
Club Coach leaves the Ricoh Arena at 12.30am and costs £14.
From the North (M1):Leave at junction 28 and head south on A38 to Derby, follow away supporter signs for Pride Park Stadium.
From the South (M1): Leave at junction 25 and take A52 to Derby, then follow away supporter signs to Pride Park Stadium.
From the South-west: From the M5, join the M42/A42 until you reach M1 junction 24. Follow A50 towards Derby City Centre, then follow signs to Pride Park Stadium.
From the North-west: Leave M6 at junction 16, from Stoke-on-Trent take the A50 Stoke-Derby link road. Join A38 to Derby, then follow signs to Pride Park Stadium.
By rail: Derby mainline station is a 15-minute walk from Pride Park Stadium. When leaving your train use the footbridge from the station directly into Pride Park.
By bus:A shuttle bus operates from the city centre.
Parking for City supporters can be found at Catalyst, which is on London Road (A6) opposite the Navigation pub.
Tickets for City supporters in the South Stand at Pride Park on Saturday January 14th 2012 are priced at £25 for adults, Senior Citizens £15, Disabled & Carer £15, Juniors £10. Please note that if you have a Senior Citizens ticket or a Junior ticket, proof of age is required on the day. If you are planning on going, then get a ticket in advance as prices increase for tickets bought on the day.
THE LAST TIME
This is the 79th league and cup game between the two sides. City have won 28 of these matches and drawn 19, scoring 100 goals compared to Derby's 99.
The corresponding fixture in April 2011 saw a 2-2 draw at Pride Park. Aron Gunnarsson and Marlon King put City two goals up after 38 minutes but before half-time, Derby were level with goals from Steve Davies and a Robbie Savage penalty.
The teams that day were:
Westwood, Keogh, Cranie, Cameron, Hussey, Clingan, McSheffrry (Baker 88), Gunnarsson, Bell, King, Jutkiewicz (Platt 92). SNU Quirke, O'Halloran, Deegan, McIndoe, O'Donovan.
Jones, Leacock (Anderson 72), Ayala, Barker, Brayford, B. Davies, Savage, Bailey (Adison 90), Ward, Bueno (Robinson 59), S. Davies. SNU Atkins, Pringle, Pearson, Porter.
City have won at Pride Park before. In October 2003, they won 3-1.
For a full list of matches between Derby and City, please click on http://www.coventrycity-mad.co.uk/footydb/loadhed.asp
The referee currently appointed to take charge of Coventry City's next game, the trip to Derby County is Roger East from Wiltshire.
Mr East joined the National List of assistant referees in 2000 and spent seven years as an assistant, running the line at the 2004 FA Cup Final before his promotion, in 2007, to the National Referees List.
This season, he has had 25 matches, issuing 71 yellows and four red. This will be his eighth Championship game of the season.
His last City match was the 0-0 draw against Watford (two yellows), earlier this season and his previous two City matches were the 2-1 victory over Millwall back in April 2011 and the 2-1 defeat at Cardiff City in September 2008.
His assistants will be Ricky Wotton from West Riding and Ollie Yates from Staffordshire . The fourth official will be Wayne Porter from Lincolnshire.
Two home wins on the spin for Coventry were followed by two defeats the second of which saw them knocked out the FA Cup as the lost 2-1 to Championship league leaders Southampton.
Derby have hit a purple patch of late, racking up four wins on the spin to lift them to tenth in the Championship table.
The hosts are favourites as far as the bookmakers are concerned with a best price of 20/21 available (Victor Chandler) whilst the Sky Blues are priced at 7/2 to pick up their first three points on the road this campaign.
Recommended football betting tip: Both teams NOT to score @ Evens
What we need here is for one or both of these sides to fail to score and the stats are in our favour. In four of Derby’s last five fixtures at least one of the sides have failed to find the net with Derby’s defence having improved greatly in recent weeks.
Even Coventry have managed to pick up a few clean sheets and this tip would have come in for their last five Championship fixtures so even money is a more than fair price on that run continuing.