Coventry City vs Bournemouth preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Play-off hopefuls Coventry City will be looking to go level on points with the top six when they welcome second-placed Bournemouth to the Coventry Building Society Arena.

The Sky Blues come into the game off the back of a resounding 4-2 win against their former landlords Birmingham City at St. Andrew's, a game in which they had gone 2-0 down.

Mark Robins will be hoping his side can make it three wins in as many games as they look to make a late charge for the play-offs.

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On the other hand, Scott Parker will be hoping the Cherries will be able to return to winning ways in the Midlands, having not won in their last three (D2 L1).

  • Team news

City manager Robins will almost certainly be without Fankaty Dabo for the visit of Bournemouth, after the right-back suffered another injury setback against Birmingham, forcing him off just after the hour mark.

Kyle McFadzean made his return from injury for Coventry against Blues, but whether he will be fit enough to start against the Cherries remains to be seen.

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Elsewhere, Jodi Jones and Liam Kelly also made their first returns to the squad in last Friday's Midlands derby following lengthy injury layoffs, but like McFadzean, it remains to be seen if they will play any part against Bournemouth.

As for Parkers’ Cherries, he confirmed to DorsetLive that Jordan Zemura would be unavailable for the Easter fixtures at least, but that his hamstring injury "not as bad as initially thought."

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Parker also confirmed that Kieffer Moore and Junior Stanislas remain unavailable for Bournemouth, but that Moore could be in contention for a return in the final month of the season.

  • Predicted lineups

Coventry City: Moore (GK), Kane, Hyam, Rose, Bidwell, Maatsen, Hamer, Sheaf, O'Hare, Allen, Gyokeres

Bournemouth: Travers (GK), Laird, Phillips, Kelly, Smith, Lerma, Cook, Billing, Christie, Anthony, Solanke

  • Ones to watch

Callum O'Hare is without doubt the one to watch for Coventry.

His goal to seal the points for Coventry against Birmingham was his fifth of the Championship season and second in as many games.

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As well as that, he has notched a total of seven assist for the Sky Blues this season in what has been a really impressive season both individually for O'Hare and collectively for City.

Should O'Hare maintain his current hot streak of form against Bournemouth, Parker's side will find it difficult to nullify him, in the same way Blues and Fulham have both done in recent weeks.

For Bournemouth, Ethan Laird is definitely one to watch.

The Manchester United loanee played his first 90 minutes of the season in the Cherries’ Good Friday 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough and impressed his manager Parker.

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Speaking to the club's official website, Parker was full of praise for the 20-year-old full-back, he said:

”I thought he did very well, I was very impressed with him.

“Over the last three or four weeks, it feels like he’s come out of the other side of where he was, with the injury and not being up to speed and not doing enough work with us.

“I decided to go with Ethan today and like I said, I thought he defended very well and also attacking wise, I think he gives us a real threat so I’m pleased for him.”

  • Past meetings

Coventry tend to get the better of Bournemouth whenever they meet.

In 52 previous meetings, the Sky Blues have come away victorious 23 times, Bournemouth have won 18 times, whilst the sides have shared the points on 11 occasions.

In this season's reverse fixture, the spoils were shared once more.

Bournemouth raced into a 2-0 lead early in the second half at the Vitality Stadium, but in typical Sky Blue style there was late drama.

Matty Godden halved the deficit on 85 minutes, before Todd Kane scored a freak goal in the dying seconds of added time to snatch a point for Coventry.

  • How to watch

The game is not available to watch on iFollow in the UK.

There is live video coverage on iFollow overseas.

In the UK, audio passes are available to listen to live commentary.

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