Coventry City - Can City defy the odds?
UK time is: 00:22:44
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Can City defy the odds?

It's the big kick-off in the Championship this weekend as Coventry City host Leicester City in the Championship at a Ricoh Arena that is set to play host to a bumper crowd as 6,000 visiting fans, buoyed by their club's summer spending spree, make the short trip down the M69 for a fiercely contested local derby.

Such has been the disparity between the two clubs transfer activity during pre-season that, despite being the away side, Leicester are rated as odds-on to win the game.

For Sky Blues fans hope comes from remaining unbeaten at the Ricoh against the Foxes since the new stadium opened. Five Championship games have produced four draws and a win for the home side in February 2008.

That points to another close game on Saturday but if City are to pull off what will be seen as a surprise victory they will have to find a goal from somewhere. At present manager Andy Thorn, having lost the services of Marlon King in the summer, is without Freddy Eastwood and is sweating on the fitness of Lukas Jutkiewicz for the game.

'benefit

The Juke's 9 goals in the league last season put him second to King in the goalscoring charts with Gary McSheffrey also chipping in with 8. McSheffrey will benefit from a freer role under Thorn and his fellow midfielders will hope to do so as well especially as the likes of Clingan, Bell and Baker contributed only 3 league goals between them in 2010/11.

Sven Goran Eriksson has 'promised' that his side will be better defensively this season having 'conceded too many goals' last time around and with that in mind perhaps the home side will profit from set-pieces where Sammy Clingan's delivery will be key.

Richard Wood can be backed at 40/1 to net first while Chris Hussey has been taking his share of free-kicks during pre-season and is the same price.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: CCFC Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 2 2011

Time: 4:15PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Coventry City Articles

JPT Draw On Saturday For Sky Blues (Friday September 4 2015)

City Gear Up For Televised Test (Thursday September 3 2015)

City Stay Calm On Chaotic Deadline Day (Wednesday September 2 2015)

Stats: Coventry City v Southend United (Tuesday September 1 2015)

Coventry City: Deadline Day Tomorrow (Monday August 31 2015)

Can City Make It A Ricoh Hat-Trick? (Saturday August 29 2015)

Archived Coventry City Articles

List All Vital Coventry Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. houchen 5

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Coventry 2 - 2 Southend
Walsall 2 - 1 Coventry
Coventry 3 - 2 Crewe
Millwall 0 - 4 Coventry
Coventry 2 - 0 Wigan

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Sheff Utd 5 4 0 1 4 12
3. Burton 5 4 0 1 3 12
4. Gillingham 5 3 2 0 7 11
5. Coventry 5 3 1 1 6 10
6. Rochdale 5 3 1 1 6 10
7. Chesterfield 5 3 1 1 3 10
8. Swindon 5 2 2 1 2 8

Coventry City Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Norris Signs For The Seasiders
Blackpool : 03/09/2015 21:19:01
DRFC Gillingham v Doncaster Rovers Team News
Doncaster : 03/09/2015 19:38:00
Any Previous? - Chesterfield v Latics
Wigan : 03/09/2015 14:37:00
Etheridge Starts For Azkals
Walsall : 03/09/2015 13:33:01
Walsall v Bury - Preview
Walsall : 03/09/2015 11:23:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Which 'New' Away Game Are You Looking Forward To?
Suggested By:  Editor
Blackpool 18%
Burton Albion 35%
Bury 5%
Millwall 17%
Shrewsbury Town 5%
Southend United 5%
Wigan Athletic 15%