Coventry City vs. Forest preview..

Straight back into the league campaign for the Reds after a little diversion in the FA Cup which ended in defeat.  A trip to the Ricoh Arena awaits and the boys will, despite the disappointing result at the Boleyn Ground yesterday, be in high spirits – on a great run of results in the Championship and of course with a new signing in the ranks in the shape of left-back Paul Konchesky.

Whilst the Reds have the chance to snag a fifth successive win in the league, Coventry will be looking to avoid a third successive defeat – having also suffered disappointment in the cup losing against Birmingham.  Their league form is best described as inconsistent, and probably easiest described as bad – in their last eight games they’ve not won, and only managed three draws.

Teamwise Billy is likely to put Konchesky straight in at left back – the rest of the defence will pick itself as usual, and it seems likely that he will reintroduce Guy Moussi to midfield, and Marcus Tudgay to attack.  Paul Anderson remains an injury doubt with a hamstring problem, which means if pace is needed Nathan Tyson might be the option.  If we don’t sign any more players before the window shuts, of course!

Coventry are expected to recall Sammy Clingan to midfield after he missed their cup game with a slight injury.  Another obvious Forest connection will be the unpopular striker Marlon King who’s likely to be starting up front for the Sky Blues. Brief Forest player Gary McSheffrey is currently leading their scoring charts, however – netting five goals so far (out of over sixty shots!).

We’ve already had the better of them this season at the City Ground, despite a Luke Chambers own goal we came back with goals from Majewski and Cohen to get the win – although Lee Camp needed to look lively after this to prevent King from bagging an equaliser for the visitors.

A win for the Reds would be most welcome, giving us the opportunity to make up ground on QPR who dropped points over the weekend, not to mention help to keep things nice and tight at the top of the Championship.  With Swansea at Bristol City, Cardiff entertaining Reading, Norwich taking on Millwall, Leicester against Sheffield United and QPR against Portsmouth playing on Tuesday too it could make for a real change around in league placings.

On paper we should certainly be able to get the points – however we are on a very good run of wins and the pessimist in me always worries as to whether or not we can really sustain it.  It’s difficult to not lapse into feeling quite confident though, so I’ll stick my neck out and predict this game going to form with a win for the Reds.

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2 Responses

  1. I saw Coventry at QPR recently. Like all Boothroyd teams, they’re well organised, and King looks pretty dangerous up front.

    But they have little quality apart from him, and their defence just lump it forward out of defence. If Wes and Luke have solid games we should be okay.

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