Coventry City will play their play-off rivals, West Brom in the EFL Championship fixture on Saturday. These two will be facing each other for the first time since their meeting in 2010. West Brom came out 1-0 victors in that game.
The two teams are only separated by one point. At the start of the season, no one would have expected Coventry to be competing for the knock-off spot halfway through the season. This is an indication of how Coventry has exceeded expectations this season.
Coventry City sits 6th on the table with 33 points. They drew their last game against one of the tougher opponents Bournemouth. Todd Kane’s 95th-minute equalizer assured a well-earned point on the road for the Sky Blues.
The home side will be hoping to get back to top-tier football for the first time since their relegation in the 2000/01 season. Coventry has drawn three consecutive games before this against Sheffield United, Birmingham, and Bournemouth. But they are unbeaten in four games and will want to continue their unbeaten run.
The Sky Blues have picked the most number of points(23) at home this season in the Championship. Winning seven and drawing two. They have only been beaten once at home.
Coventry City EFL Championship form: L W D D D
The Baggies currently reside in the 4th position on the table with 34 points. 8 points behind the direct promotion spot. They drew their last game against Nottingham Forrest in a dire 0-0 draw which saw Jason Molumby getting sent off for a second yellow card.
Albion has only won one of their last six games. Drawing three and losing two. This is not good enough for a team that was considered one of the top contenders for direct promotion at the start of the season.
While their home record has nothing short of outstanding as they remain the only unbeaten team on home turf, their away record is quite average. They have managed only one point in their last four away games.
West Brom EFL Championship form: W D L D D
Coventry City vs West Brom: Team news
The Sky Blue fans will be hoping to get some good news on the injury front. They will be hoping to see Michael Rose and Gustavo Hamer back in the squad after missing out in their 2-2 draw against Bournemouth.
Jack Clarke-Salter and Martyn Waghorn should be making a comeback soon for the Sky Blues but this weekend’s game might be too soon for them.
Their main man up front and top scorer with 9 goals, Viktor Gyokeres will be in contention to start the game after being called off the bench against the Cherries.
Possible Coventry City Line-up
Moore; Rose, McFadzean, Hyam; Kane, Hamer, Sheaf, Maatsen; O’Hare; Godden, Gyokeres
Jayson Molumby will miss the game for The Baggies thanks to his sending off against Nottingham Forrest. Albion manager Ismael will have to look for his replacement in the heart of their midfield and will have to make an adjustment as Jake Livermore is also facing a suspension.
Injured defender Dara O’Shea has returned to training this week but is not expected to be match-ready until the new year.
Possible West Brom Albion line-up
Johnstone; Kipre, Bartley, Clarke; Furlong, Phillips, Mowatt, Townsend; Diangana, Grant; Hugill
Coventry City 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
Albion manager Valérien Ismaël is under a lot of pressure from the board and the fans due to the poor results and also due to his style of play. He will be desperate for a win away at Coventry.
A win for the Baggies could improve the morale of the squad and could provide with the boost they need to challenge for the top 2 spot. But their recent form away from home has been shambolic as they have failed to register a win in the last five away games.
Coventry has been playing well on their home soil. Winning two, drawing two, and losing just one.
This is a very tough game to call. Both teams have struggled in front of goal, and have been solid at the back. Which suggests it would be a low-scoring game. With both the teams so close to each other on the table, we believe they will play out a low-scoring draw. But either team could turn the game in their favor by simply wanting the win more.
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