Coventry v Portsmouth preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Coventry and Portsmouth at Ricoh Arena.

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Thomas: Out with an ankle injury

Thomas: Out with an ankle injury

Coventry boss Mark Robins will be hard-pushed to make any changes after impressive back-to-back away wins.

Robins watched his side tear Hartlepool apart 5-0 last weekend before keeping faith with an unchanged starting line-up for Tuesday's 3-1 triumph at Colchester.

Home success has been harder to come by this season for the Sky Blues, who suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat to struggling Scunthorpe in their last outing at the Ricoh Arena.

And Robins, who is not expected to have any new injury or suspension concerns, is unlikely to change personnel as his side return to home soil aiming to make it three successive victories.

Striker Stephen Elliott (toe) and midfielders Conor Thomas (ankle) and David Bell (hip) remain unavailable.

Alex Cisak and Jake Jervis are expected to make their Portsmouth debuts at Coventry.

Goalkeeper Cisak and striker Jervis signed one-month loan deals at Fratton Park on Thursday from Oldham and Birmingham respectively and are eligible to feature at the Ricoh Arena.

Polish-born Cisak replaces Mikkel Andersen, who returned to Reading following the completion of his 93-day emergency loan deal this week.

Former Spurs centre-back Ricardo Rocha could make his first start for caretaker boss Guy Whittingham after re-joining the south coast outfit ahead of the Leyton Orient defeat, where he was a first-half substitute.

Pompey are aiming to avoid an eighth straight defeat on Saturday and are currently in their worst run of results for 37 years.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Wolves v Rotherham Live
19:45
Bradford v Peterboro
Sheff Utd v Stevenage
Monday, 21 April 2014
12:15
Leyton Or v Wolves  
15:00
Crewe v Colchester  
MK Dons v Brentford  
Notts Co v Crawley  
Oldham v Coventry  
Peterboro v Carlisle  
Preston v Shrewsbury  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 43 53 96
2 Brentford 43 30 90
3 Leyton Or 43 38 80
4 Rotherham 43 26 79
5 Preston 43 22 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 43 6 63
8 Port Vale 43 -12 60
9 MK Dons 43 0 58
10 Walsall 43 2 57
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 42 -4 55
13 Bristol C 43 1 53
14 Gillingham 43 -17 51
15 Bradford 42 1 50
16 Oldham 42 -10 50
17 Coventry 43 -2 49
18 Colchester 43 -12 46
19 Tranmere 43 -24 46
20 Crewe 43 -27 46
21 Carlisle 42 -26 44
22 Notts Co 43 -16 43
23 Shrewsbury 43 -16 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Fri, 18 Apr 2014

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