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Coventry City
vs.
Stoke City

Ricoh Arena

2 December 2006

15:00

A Coventry City side who have taken seven points from their last three games face the Championship's most in-form side at the weekend, with Stoke City arriving at the Ricoh Arena on the back of five straight wins without conceding a goal, topped off by a 3-0 victory over then leaders Cardiff City on Tuesday.

Vital Quotes:

Micky Adams: 'I am not one to start blowing smoke up my team's backside and no-one should judge a side after 18 or 19 matches but after 46.

'All we have done in the last couple of matches is give ourselves and our supporters belief and showed again that we are a very competitive team.'

Coventry City Team News:

Adam Virgo, Mikkel Bischoff and Stephen Hughes all played in the midweek reserve team game although Virgo is not yet on contention for a first-team recall.

Stern John may come back in for Leon McKenzie.

Player to watch: Michael Doyle

Back to form in recent weeks and up against some tough competitors in midfield in the shape of on-loan Stoke stars Lee Hendrie and Salif Diao.

Stoke City Team News:

Liam Lawrence and Danny Higginbotham are doubts for Stoke.

Speaking to his club's official website, manager Tony Pulis said: 'Liam's got a thigh strain which is a little bit of a concern for us and it is touch and go as to whether we decide to play him or not.

'Danny has been struggling with his injury for a few weeks now, so it will just be a case of managing him and making sure he doesn't do too much and strain himself.'

Player to watch: Ricardo Fuller

Impressed as a sub against Cardiff in midweek and out to make amends for being sent off against the Sky Blues recently.

'Ricardo has a point to prove because he was sent off here,' said boss Pulis.

'He will have the bit between the teeth.'

Match Facts & Stats

The Sky Blues will be hoping to turn in a much improved display on the game at the Britannia Stadium a few weeks back when Andy Griffin's scorcher settled a drab affair.

Stoke were 2-1 winners at the Ricoh exactly one year ago from Saturday's game.

Ref Watch:

Nigel Miller of County Durham takes charge.

Next Fixtures:

Home games for both teams next Saturday, the Sky Blues face Burnley while Stoke take on QPR.


Writer:CCFC
Date:Friday December 1 2006
Time: 1:10PM

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