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.
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.
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