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Coventry City vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 13th October 2018, k.o. 3pm
Referee: Nick Kinseley
A point at Fleetwood, a deserved home win over Burton and a team-building day at Rush Trampoline Park have restored the feelgood factor around Adams Park in the month of October; now the Chairboys are looking to continue momentum with another positive result from a previously unhappy hunting ground.
Gareth Ainsworth declared City as the best footballing side in League Two last season, having seen his side twice beaten by Mark Robins' men, who were also successful in both Checkatrade Trophy encounters the previous year.
Coventry followed the Wanderers in League One via the play-offs and have made an assured start to life back in the third tier, recording notable victories over Barnsley and Charlton in recent weeks.
However, they've stumbled on a few occasions against lower-placed sides which have hampered their drive for consistency, and Ainsworth's men will be keen to take full advantage, buoyed by the recent upturn and the return to fitness of a number of key players.
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Wanderers have sold around 550 tickets in advance; Chairboys fans can buy on the day although there is a slight price increase.
On-the-day prices are:
Senior (60+): £18
Young Adult (18-21): £18
Student (NUS): £18
Under 18: £13
Tickets will go off sale at 12pm on Friday 12th October. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before that time, or from the Ricoh Arena from 1.30pm on the day of the game.
Sido Jombati returns from suspension and Adebayo Akinfenwa is fit despite his knock against Burton, while Darius Charles is also available after declining an international call-up from Grenada. Sam Saunders is back in contention after illness, Adam El-Abd has returned to full training and Marcus Bean is also in the frame, leaving just Nathan Tyson and Anthony Stewart as the slightly longer-term absentees.
Coventry boss Mark Robins has a decision to make in attack after Amadou Bakayoko netted twice after coming off the bench at Charlton last week, and could call him into the starting line-up alongside Conor Chaplin at the expense of Jonson Clarke-Harris. Another option would be to switch from a 4-4-2 setup to a 4-2-3-1, enabling the inclusion of all three along with Jordy Hiwula.
Man in the Middle
Nick Kinseley sent off Wycombe's Michael Harriman on the opening day of the season, and has shown 24 yellow cards in his eight games in charge so far.
Wycombe will be in their orange and grey change strip.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: CV6 6GE
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
From Wycombe take the northbound M40 signed Birmingham. At Junction 10 take the A43 signed Northampton, to pick up the north bound M1. At Junction 19 bear left to take the M6 exit sign posted Coventry / Birmingham. Leave the M6 at Junction 3 and take the A444 (South) towards Coventry City Centre. After one mile you will reach the stadium on your left.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 94 (approx. journey time 1 hour 45 minutes)
Recommended area for car parking
On-site car parking is available for £10 in car parks A, B or C while official off-site car parking is available from £3 at www.ricoharenaparking.co.uk. Car Parks A and B are located on-site at the Ricoh Arena and can be accessed via the main entrance on Judds Lane. Car Park C is located adjacent to the stadium, and can be accessed from the A444. It is advisable to book these through CCFC in advance. The Club also make use of a number of car parks within walking distance of the stadium, in such places as factory units and local schools. The cost of these car parks varies but is usually around £3-£5 per vehicle. Further details are available on the Ricoh Arena Parking website. On street car parking within 2km vicinity of the Ricoh Arena on matchdays is for permit holders only.
Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 12.00. Travel prices are £17 for adults, £16 for seniors, and £15 for juniors. The price for non-members is £22 (no refund if game is cancelled and the coaches have left their depot). If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) you need to do so by Thursday 11th October at 5pm.
Using the train?
Coventry railway station is about three and a half miles away. The stadium though does have its Coventry Arena Station that is on the local line between Coventry and Nuneaton. Note though that it is only an hourly service and the 2-carriage trains do get very full. There is no special matchday schedule. After the match the first train back to Coventry is at 17.28 hrs.
Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 32,609 (all seated). Away supporters visiting the Ricoh Arena are located in the South Stand - this is behind the goal. The leg room is adequate and the stadium has good acoustics. CCFC operate ticket barcode scanners on entry, so you need to have your ticket ready and ensure it is in good condition. Food and drink (soft drinks and alcohol) are available within the South Stand concourse from 1:30pm. Card payments are accepted. The matchday programme PUSB is priced £3 for league games and is available around the ground.
Spare time on your hands?
At the stadium, near to the Club Shop, is the Grosvenor Casino. This has bars inside and also shows televised sport. Both home and away fans are admitted. This does have a strict over 18's policy. Another option if you like your ale is the recently opened Dhillons Brewery on the Hales Industrial Estate. This is about a 5-minute walk from the visitors’ turnstiles. Located in an industrial unit, it offers a number of real ales and bottled craft beers. It is a bit of a walk to the nearest hostelries. About a fifteen-minute walk away is Longford where the “JK English Pub”, the “Longford Engine” and the “Coach & Horses” all welcome away fans.
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