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2 July 2014

After two consecutive home fixtures against Chesterfield and Crawley Town, PNE will make the trip to Sixfields to face Coventry City.

Founded: 1883
Nickname: The Sky Blues
Stadium: Ricoh Arena
Manager: Steven Pressley
Last Season: 18th in League One 

It was an eventful season for Coventry City, with issues off the field regarding their stadium and where they would play their home games. 

This saw many fans boycotting home games that were being hosted at the Sixfields stadium, over 30 miles from the Ricoh Arena. 

There were also problems on the pitch, after a promising start to the season, Coventry found themselves in a relegation scrap.

The sky blues had started the season with a 10 point penalty, and finished the season in 18th place, just four points clear of the drop. Steven Pressley’s side lost the first two games of the season but then went on to win 9 of their next 14 league games. 

The turn of the year saw a turn in fortunes for Coventry, though it started well with two consecutive wins, first against Rotherham before a 2-1 FA Cup win over Championship side Barnsley. 

After that they won just four of their remaining 22 league fixtures leaving them fighting for survival. During the January window, Pressley had to concede to losing star striker Leon Clarke to Wolves, making his task even more difficult.

Last season, this fixture produced an eight goal thriller at the Sixfields Stadium. The Lilywhites took the lead through Tom Clarke before Leon Clarke equalised for the hosts. A 65th minute strike from Bailey Wright put PNE back in front before two goals in five minutes for Callum Wilson put Coventry in front. 

Joel Byrom scored with three minutes of normal time to go, and Chris Humphrey thought he had won it with his 90th minute goal. Mathieu Manset thought differently and equalised in the final seconds of the game to end the match 4-4.

The return fixture at Deepdale provided a slightly less exciting encounter, ending in a 1-1 draw, with goals from Kevin Davies and Franck Moussa. 

The reverse fixture will be played  on Saturday 7th February 2015 at Deepdale, before two consecutive away games to Chesterfield and Notts County. 

Sky Bet Odds

League One Winner – 20/1
Promotion – 6/1
Relegation – 11/2

Place your bets via PNEBetting.Com, and this will benefit Preston North End when you place your bet. 

Below is an interactive map with your potential routes to Sixfields from Deepdale.






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