PREVIEW: v COVENTRY CITY (A) PREVIEW: v COVENTRY CITY (A)

PREVIEW: v COVENTRY CITY (A)

This weekend Walsall Football Club make the short trip to the Ricoh Arena to take on Coventry City in the latest Sky Bet League One fixture of the season.
This weekend Walsall Football Club make the short trip to the Ricoh Arena to take on Coventry City in the latest Sky Bet League One fixture of the season.

  TEAM NEWS  
Walsall manager Dean Smith is looking for his side to continue their good spell of league form, which has seen them pick up seven of a possible nine points, including a draw with Peterborough United and victories over Notts County and Fleetwood Town.

Midfielder Sam Mantom visited another specialist earlier this month, as his knee injury, which was picked up before pre-season began, continues to blight his 2014/15 campaign, he may however face a fitness test ahead of the game.

Tom Bradshaw was rated as 50/50 earlier this week, and with the poor pitch at the Ricoh Arena may not be risked, with a view to preserving him for the busy festive period.

Left-sided defender Malvind Benning has shaken off a knock he picked up in training, earlier this week.

  THE OPPOSITION  
The Sky Blues arrive at the game on the back of a 1-0 away victory over Colchester United, a win that moves City three points clear of the relegation zone as they look to settle back into the Ricoh Arena.

City will be boosted by the signing of Youth Academy starlet James Maddison to a long term deal, the 18-year-old who was attracting Premier League interest, has put pen-to-paper on a three-and-a-half year deal.

  HEAD TO HEAD  
In-terms of head-to-head it's Coventry that hold the overall win/loss lead, with twenty victories to the Saddlers' twelve. There have also been eleven draws between the sides.

Their first meeting took place at Highfield Road, on 31st October 1903, the Saddlers defeating the Sky Blues 4-2 in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.

Their most recent meeting took place late last season, Coventry beating Walsall by two goals to one at their then home of Sixfields Stadium. Callum Wilson and Nathan Delfouneso with the home-side's goals, whilst left-back Malvind Benning scored for the Saddlers.

Walsall have won just one of the last ten meetings, a statistic that includes three draws and six defeats, a record that Dean Smith is sure to want to rectify.

  THE OFFICIALS  
The referee for this match will be Richard Clark, who is based in Northumberland.

At the time of publication referee Clark had officiated over thirteen games, in various competitions, where he had issued thirty-seven yellow, and three red cards.

Steven Meredith and Christopher O'Donnell will be assisting the referee, whilst Marvyn Amphlett will be Fourth Official.

  BETTING  
Football League sponsors Sky Bet are currently* offering various bets for this game, including 'First Goalscorer', 'Correct Score', and much more.

Odds of; Coventry City: 8/5; Draw: 11/5; Walsall: 7/4 are currently* available.

Click HERE to visit the Sky Bet website.

*Odds correct as of 00:01, 28/11/2014.

  TICKET NEWS  
Advance tickets for this match, which is NOT ALL TICKET, are SOLD OUT, however, tickets will be available on the day, from Turnstile 5, at the following prices.

ADULTS: £22
OVER 60s: £15
16-21s: £15
UNDER 16s: £11

 PLEASE NOTE 
Ambulant and wheelchair disabled are priced relevant to age band, with carer free of charge. 

Advance price tickets will be available up until midday on Friday, November 28th 2014.
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