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Barnsley vs. Coventry City


11 August 2007


Can City Tyke the points?

The talking stops at 3pm on Saturday as Barnsley and Coventry City take to the field for their opening game of the 2007/08 season.

As always on opening day the weather is set fair and a healthy contingent of Sky Blues' fans should be behind the goal to cheer on their team.

Vital Quotes:

Iain Dowie: 'I have been to Oakwell many times and they get a great atmosphere there and the first game of the season is always very special.

'They are usually very frantic and very competitive but I think, physically, we are looking in very good shape and getting close to getting the injured lads back.'

Barnsley Team News:

Nine summer signings are available to make their Barnsley debuts including ex-City loanee Rohan Ricketts.

Player to watch: Kayode Odejayi

Signed from Cheltenham in the summer, the striker has been in good form in pre-season.

Coventry City Team News:

De Zeeuw, Cairo and McNamee will not play, Leon Best is a doubt with a knee injury.

Player to watch: Marcus Hall

Could get the nod to partner Elliott Ward in the centre of defence but made a couple of clangers against Udinese last week and has been told that Gary Borrowdale will be first-choice at left-back.

Match Facts & Stats

Wayne Andrews scored the only goal of last season's game to justify Micky Adams' decision to take off Leon McKenzie just minutes before.

Ref Watch:

Mr S W Mathieson of Cheshire takes charge.

Next Fixtures:

Carling Cup home ties for Barnsley against Darlington and for the Sky Blues against Notts County.

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