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Checkatrade Trophy Final: Coventry City v Oxford United - preview

31 March 2017

Two teams remain. This year’s Checkatrade Trophy comes to a climax this Sunday at Wembley as Coventry and Oxford do battle to hold silverware aloft.

It’s taken the teams seven games apiece to get to this point in a cup-run that started back in August, alongside 62 other teams.

Coventry City hold a 100 per cent record in the tournament and have netted 18 goals en route to Wembley. To reach the final, they’ve seen off West Ham Under-21s, Scunthorpe, and Swansea Under-21s, among others, and will be taking more than 40,000 Sky Blues fans with them.

Road to Wembley:  Click here to see how Coventry and Oxford made it to Wembley

Oxford, on the other hand, tasted penalty defeat twice in the competition’s group stage, but did enough get through. Then, in the semi-finals, it was Marvin Johnson’s late goal against Luton Town which saw them through to Sunday's showpiece.

#CheckatradeTrophy Road to Wembley - Semi-Final:

More Marvin Johnson magic saw @OUFCOfficial beat @LutonTown & book their place at Wembley.

— Checkatrade Trophy (@CheckatradeTrpy) March 29, 2017

It’s Michael Appleton’s side’s second final in two years. They were toppled by Barnsley last season and are keen to go one better this time around. As for Coventry, it’s their first appearance at Wembley in 30 years.

The Sky Blues hold the better head-to-head record, with five wins from the eight games played between the two sides, with one victory apiece this term in Sky Bet League One.

You can watch the action unfold live on Sky Sports on Sunday. Kick-off is 2.30pm, and we'll also have social media updates for you on Twitter, via @CheckatradeTrpy.

See more about the Checkatrade Trophy Final:

Shaun Harvey looking forward to positive final - click here to watch the video

Young fans engaged as trophy goes on tour - click here to read more

In numbers - click here to see the key statistics from the competition

Quiz: Name the Trophy winners - click here to test yourself

National Anthem: Natalie Rushdie to perform - click here to read more

Officials: Chris Sarginson to referee final - click here to see the full team

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