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The Big Match Preview: Coventry vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

21 December 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and more.

Coventry City vs Wycombe Wanderers
Friday 22nd December 2017, k.o.7.45pm
The Ricoh Arena
Referee: Tony Harrington

The Chairboys head back out on the road in their final game before Christmas, and a top seven clash awaits Gareth Ainsworth’s side at Coventry.

Wanderers head into the game looking to take their impressive home form away from Adams Park and also wanting to build on a strong performance in the last away fixture at Stevenage, where Wycombe were perhaps unlucky to come away with just a point.

In opposition, the Sky Blues go into Friday’s match on the back of a victory themselves, after a 2-1 win at home to Cheltenham Town last weekend. Mark Robins’ team currently sit 7th in the standings; two places and two points behind the Chairboys.

The last time the two sides met at the Ricoh Arena was back in February in the Checkatrade Trophy semi-final; where the hosts came out on top to win 2-1 and reach Wembley, where they would of course go on to take the crown.

Team News
Nathan Tyson came through over 70 minutes last weekend vs Chesterfield and Scott Kashket has come through another week of training and is closer to a return to action.

Marcus Bean will be assessed ahead of the game after missing the last game due to injury, and long-term absentees Michael Harriman and Josh Umerah remain out as they continue their rehabilitation.

Coventry will be without Jodi Jones (ACL), Tony Andreu (ACL) and Liam Kelly (heel), though Rod McDonald is thought to be in contention after picking up a knock last weekend.

Man in the middle
Tony Harrington will take charge of his first Wycombe since April 2015, when he oversaw a 2-1 win for the Chairboys at home to Cheltenham.

He has shown 65 yellow and three reds in his 20 games so far this season.

Kit
Wycombe will be in their away orange and gunmetal grey strip for the trip to the Ricoh Arena.

Tickets
Tickets are available on arrival at the Ricoh Arena at the following prices:

Adult: £25

Senior (60+): £18

Young Adult (18-21) £18

NUS: £18

Under 18: £13

TRAVEL
By Adrian Wood

Postcode: 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 (average journey 1 hour 40 minutes)

Suggested car parking area
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.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 16.00. 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 (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) you need to do so by Wednesday 20th December at 5pm.

Fancy using the train?
This is not recommended. Virgin Trains are planning industrial action on that date. In addition the last train back off Coventry is at 21:25 hrs. Coventry Stadium is about three and a half miles away from the stadium. The Arena does have its own station but there is only one single carriage train which runs just once an hour on match days.

Facilities for away fans
Away supporters are mostly accommodated behind the goal in one side of the South Stand (Blocks 6 & 7) towards the corner with the West Stand. This area can accommodate around 3,000. The angle of the stand is quite steep, meaning a fair bit of effort to climb to the top. There is a red coloured track surrounding the playing area and the stand itself is further set-back from the pitch. You are some way therefore from the playing action. The leg room is adequate and the stadium does have good acoustics. Entrance to the stadium is through automatic turnstiles, where you have to put your ticket (which has a bar code on it) into a slot reader, which then allows the turnstiles admit you. Behind the stands there are spacious concourses and a number of food and drink outlets.

Spare time before or after match?
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. Alternatively alcohol is also available inside the stadium. 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. Around a ten minute walk away from the away turnstiles is the Arena Shopping Centre. As well as having a large Tesco's that has a cafe, there are also a Greggs, Subway, Marks & Spencer’s Cafe, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Burger King and a Frankie & Bennies.

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