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Coventry City (H)

7 April 2018

Notts County host Coventry City in a battle between two of the play-off pack in Sky Bet League Two.

Both sides lost ground on those above them over the Easter weekend, taking one point from two games and, with so few matches remaining and the table being so tight, three points would be priceless for the winners while a draw would do neither any favours in their bid for a top-seven finish.

Coventry were uncharacteristically thumped 6-2 at home by Yeovil on Monday, denting their strong defensive record, which still remains the best in the division despite that result.

The Sky Blues are unbeaten in their last four games away from the Ricoh Arena and sit in the final play-off place, just two points above Mansfield Town.

But their record at Meadow Lane is poor so Kevin Nolan's Magpies will be hoping to continue their strong home record and boost their own hopes of making the post-season tournament.

Notts boss Kevin Nolan says...

"You have to expect a reaction from them after the result they had on Monday.

"But I want a reaction from my players after losing at Accrington on Monday and not winning our last home game."

Click here for more from the manager.

Coventry manager Mark Robins says...

"Going into this game against Notts County I am looking for a reaction.

"This couldn’t be a better game to follow for me. We have already played and beaten County on the opening day of the season.

"They have some talented players and really good staff. This is a huge occasion and we know that as we are taking so many fans."

Team news

Notts are boosted by the return of winger Terry Hawkridge, who missed the defeat at Accrington on Easter Monday with a minor niggle.

Midfielder Michael O'Connor made his long-awaited return to action almost a year after suffering a serious knee injury and the Northern Irishman is in contention again after coming through unscathed.

Coventry are waiting on the fitness of goalkeepers Lee Burge and Liam O'Brien, who have both been suffering with minor injuries this week.

Midfielder Carl Baker, meanwhile, continues his recovery from a long-term injury and Jodi Jones, scorer of a hat-trick when the sides met on the opening day of the season, remains sidelined.

Dangerman

Beginning his career in Scotland, Marc McNulty scored an impressive 46 goals in just 96 appearances for Livingston during a five-year spell at the club, earning him a move to England with Sheffield United.

The striker spent the 2015-16 campaign on loan at Portsmouth, scoring ten goals, and most recently had a spell at Bradford City before agreeing a two-year contract with the Sky Blues after leaving Bramall Lane.

A hat-trick against Grimsby Town a fortnight ago took the frontman past the 20-goal mark for the season, making this his best-ever scoring tally of his career thus far.

We've met before...

Notts have an excellent home record against Coventry having lost just two of the past 18 meetings between the sides at Meadow Lane, the most recent defeat coming in August 1963.

The West Midlands side did get the better of County on the opening day, however, as Jodi Jones' hat-trick secured a 3-0 win for Mark Robins' men.

Notts' last home win against City came in February 2014 when goals from Hayden Mullins, Jimmy Spencer and Alan Sheehan gave Shaun Derry's team a priceless three points in their bid to avoid the drop from Sky Bet League One.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet have priced Notts as 13/8 favourites to claim all three points while the visitors are a 9/5 shot for a first successful visit to Meadow Lane in 55 years. The draw is 21/10.

Notts are 11/1 to win the game 2-0 or 28/1 to repeat the 3-0 win from February 2014.

Jon Stead is one goal away from matching his tally for the last two campaigns and can be backed at 5/1 to open the scoring against the Sky Blues this weekend.

Terry Harkwidge, meanwhile, is 12/1 to find the net first and continue his improved run of form in front of goal in recent weeks.

Notts are 9/2 to win with both teams scoring in the game or 3/1 to win and keep a clean sheet.

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