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Match Preview: Coventry City (A)

22 February 2024

Match Previews

Match Preview: Coventry City (A)

22 February 2024

PNE will look to make it 21 league matches unbeaten against Coventry City when they head to the West Midlands on Friday night.

Match Details

Date: Friday 23rd February, 7.45pm kick-off
Venue: Coventry Building Society Arena
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Kit: Away kit

Supporter Information

Tickets will remain on sale online until 11am on matchday, while sales will continue in person and over the phone on 0344 856 1966 until 12 noon. Collections can be made from Deepdale until 2pm.

Supporters who haven’t collected from the stadium can then do so on the night in Coventry from turnstiles one to five.

Tickets will also be available to buy from the same location on the night, however only cash payments will be accepted. Once inside the stadium, only card payments are accepted.

Following arrests and FA charges in recent weeks, supporters are reminded that any form of discrimination, abuse, anti-social behaviour and pitch encroachment is completely condemned by the club, and these behaviours may lead to serious sanctions.

Fans attending the game are advised to take a look through Coventry City's guide for visiting fans.

Who’s Available?

Duane Holmes and Kian Best are back in training, and both of them should be in the matchday squad, however what part they might be able to play is yet to be decided. 

Ched Evans has had a clear out of his knee and is expected to be back fit following the March international break.

Meanwhile, Brad Potts also remains out as he continues to nurse a hamstring injury.

Opposition Focus


After a stuttering start to the season, Coventry City have really kicked into gear since the end of November, having lost just twice in their previous 21 outings.

That remarkable run of form has seen them surge up the table to just outside the Play-Off spots, and Mark Robins will be hoping his side can stay there and go one better than last season, when they were beaten in a Wembley final against Luton Town.

Despite losing arguably their two top performers from last term – Viktor Gyokeres and Gustavo Hamer – the Sky Blues have strengthened accordingly, adding their current two top scorers, Haji Wright and Tashuhiro Sakamoto, among others.

A Recent Clash

North End secured the club’s 2,000th league win against Coventry City back in October, with Duane Holmes, Alan Browne, and Milutin Osmajić on the scoresheet.

Follow The Action

Coventry City have opted not to stream this match live on iFollow to supporters inside the UK and Ireland, however fans overseas can watch live.

Commentary will be available for supporters around the world, with Guy Clarke and David Buchanan on the mic. Click here to subscribe.

There will also be extensive coverage of the fixture on social media and here on the website.

Match Officials


Referee: Andy Davies
Assistant Referees:
Greg Read and James Wilson
Fourth Official:
Dean Whitestone

Andy Davies will take charge of a North End fixture for the first time since January 2022 on Friday night.

PNE have won just once in the 12 matches which Davies has taken charge of, with that victory being a 2-1 win over Derby County in the Carabao Cup in 2020.

So far this season, Davies has refereed 18 matches, showing 72 yellow cards and one red.

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