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Coventry City
vs.
Preston North End

Ricoh Arena

1 September

17:20

On Sky

A live TV appearance for the table-topping Sky Blues against a Preston side who have experienced a difficult start to the campaign.

Paul Simpson's side are yet to win in any competition and this week, chairman Derek Shaw announced that he would be stepping down before the end of the year.

Vital Quotes:

Paul Simpson after his side's 3-0 defeat by Colchester: 'We've got the nucleus of a very, very strong squad who all want the same things but unfortunately there are other players who are trying to cause problems.

'We've got to make sure that this is the lowest point we get to. This is the most disappointed I've felt in a long, long time.'

Coventry City Team News:

Arjan De Zeeuw played 90 minutes for the reserves on Wednesday night while the previous evening, Michael Mifsud staked his claim for a first-team place with two goals against Carlisle.

Player to watch: Dele Adebola

Linked with a move to Preston last weekend, Adebola has started City's last two games and put in two impressive performances.

Preston North End Team News:

Simon Whaley impressed in the midweek reserve win over Accrington Stanley and was on the scoresheet together with strikers Neil Mellor and Karl Hawley.

Player to watch: Simon Whaley

Highly-rated midfielder who will be looking to kickstart Preston's season if he plays on Saturday.

Match Facts & Stats

Last season's corresponding fixture was a horror show for the Sky Blues, beaten 4-0 at the Ricoh Arena.

Ref Watch:

Anthony Taylor of Greater Manchester is set to take charge.

Next Fixtures:

A two-week break for both sides before the Sky Blues take on Bristol City at home and Preston host Sheffield Wednesday.


Writer:CCFC
Date:Thursday August 30 2007
Time: 10:26AM

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