Coventry v Newcastle

08 December 2009 01:38
Coventry City's veteran defender Marcus Hall looks likely to miss the match at the Ricoh Arena.The full-back, who recently returned from a long spell out, aggravated a calf problem during the Sky Blues' defeat against Scunthorpe on Sunday. [LNB]Newcastle are without key midfielder Kevin Nolan, who is likely to be replaced by the fit-again Nicky Butt. [LNB]Nolan is serving a suspension after being sent off during Saturday's 2-0 victory against Watford. [LNB][LNB] MATCH PREVIEW Another win for leaders Newcastle would be an early birthday present for manager Chris Hughton, who turns 51 on Friday. [LNB]It would also be their seventh consecutive victory, equalling the Championship's longest winning run of last season. That was achieved by Wolves, who went on to gain promotion. [LNB]The form book certainly suggests maximum points for Newcastle, as they are facing a Coventry side that are enduring a terrible run of results. [LNB]The Sky Blues have not won in nine matches and slipped to 20th in the table following Sunday's defeat against fellow strugglers Scunthorpe. [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• Coventry have only won two of their last 15 league matches against Newcastle. [LNB] Have your say on this match • The Magpies won 2-0 on their previous visit to Coventry: a Premier League match at Highfield Road in September 2000. [LNB]Coventry[LNB]• Coventry have drawn four and lost five since their only win in 12; a 3-2 win at Watford on 29 September. [LNB]• Chris Coleman's side are averaging a point a game (19 in 19). Five of their nine home matches this season have been drawn. [LNB]• Of Coventry's 195 goal attempts this season, 120 have been on target, which is an accuracy rate of 62%. But at nine attempts for every goal scored, their conversion rate is only 11%. [LNB]Newcastle[LNB]• A seventh consecutive victory would be Newcastle's best winning run since Kevin Keegan guided them to a seven-match winning haul in the Premier League in September and October 1996. [LNB]• The Magpies, who boast the tightest defence in the Championship, are pursuing a fourth consecutive clean sheet and their 12th this season. [LNB]• The next goal they let in will be the 6,000th conceded in their league history. [LNB][LNB] MOST RECENT MEETING Coventry 2-3 Newcastle (26 August 2008) [LNB]Coventry scorers: Morrison 45, Dann 90. [LNB]Newcastle scorers: Dann 21 (og), Milner 38., Owen 97

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