Coventry v Notts County preview: Hosts could get fitnss boost ahead of first leg
Last Updated: 12/05/18 7:28pm
Jordan Willis and Max Biamou are expected to be fit after illness as Coventry start their maiden play-off campaign against Notts County.
Coventry host County in the first leg of their League Two play-off semi-final after clinching their first top-six finish since 1970.
County, who finished one place and two points above Coventry in the table, will be without on-loan forward Mason Bennett because of a hamstring injury.
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Coventry are aiming to seal an immediate return to League One while Notts County are hoping to end their three-season stay in the fourth tier.
Both sides won one match apiece in League Two this season, with Coventry winning 3-0 at home on the opening weekend of the season thanks to a Jodi Jones hat-trick.
Notts County have won two of their last four visits to the Ricoh Arena against Coventry, though they've lost both of the other two by a scoreline of 0-3.
This is Coventry's first ever appearance in the Football League play-offs. They've not been promoted from any division since winning the second tier in 1966-67.
This will be Notts County's fifth appearance in the Football League play-offs, but first since 1995-96. They've reached the final in each of their last three appearances, winning in the third tier in 1989-90, the second tier in 1990-91, but losing out in the third tier in 1995-96.
The team finishing sixth has won promotion to League One just once in the last 10 seasons, with Stevenage doing so in 2010-11.
Meanwhile, the team finishing fifth has won the play-offs just once in the last eight League Two campaigns, with Southend United doing so in 2014-15.
The Sky Blues won just one of their last four home games in the regular League Two season (D1 L2), losing 2-6 vs Yeovil and 2-4 vs Lincoln in that run.
Meanwhile, the Magpies won just two of their last 11 League Two away games in 2017-18 (D3 L6).
Congratulations to Coventry! For the first time in 48 years they've earned themselves a place in the top six of any league and it was enough to book a spot in the League Two play-offs.
The Sky Blues belong at a far higher level than this but, all things considered, Mark Robins has done a fantastic job this season. Notts County beat them last month, but they also lost 3-0 on the opening day at the Ricoh Arena. I fancy goals and a bit of entertainment here, with Coventry to take a slight advantage into the second leg.
David Prutton predicts: 3-2 (33/1 with Sky Bet)