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Coventry City (H) match preview

17 January 2020

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Rovers take on fellow play-off chasers Coventry City this weekend looking to make it four straight wins in Sky Bet League One.

Darren Moore’s side are yet to concede a goal in 2020, and go into the game on the back of a hard fought 2-0 victory at Bristol Rovers last time out.

Coventry currently sit in fourth position in the table and are four points ahead of Rovers, who do have a game in hand on their opponents.

Coventry’s recent form

Having not played on Boxing Day, the Sky Blues first game post-Christmas brought about one of their best performances of the season. A 4-1 win at then top of the table Wycombe, including a hat-trick from striker Matt Godden put them right back in the mix for automatic promotion. They repeated that score-line three days later as they beat Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park, and Godden bagged another match ball.

They had to settle for a point in their last league game, after being held by MK Dons at St. Andrew’s. Coventry secured their progression to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup in midweek with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bristol Rovers in the third round replay.

Who’s the gaffer?

Mark Robins returned for his second spell in charge of Coventry in March 2017, after initially spending a short period with the club in the 2012-13 season.

The 49-year-old has had several managerial roles, including with Rovers’ South Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United and Barnsley. Less than a month after returning to the Sky Blues, he helped them to a 2-1 victory over Oxford United in the Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley. He then went on to guide the club to promotion back to the third tier in his first full season back at the club.

Ones to watch

Brandon Mason

The young left-back came through the youth ranks at Watford and made his Premier League debut for the club in January 2017. He joined Scottish side Dundee on loan in January 2018, before being released by his parent club the following summer.

He joined the Sky Blues after departing Vicarage Road, and made 28 appearances in his first season with the club. He has made 10 starts so far this season.

Callum O’Hare

The 21-year-old prospect joined Coventry on a season-long loan from Premier League side Aston Villa in the summer. He enjoyed a loan spell with Carlisle in Sky Bet League Two last season, before his move to the Sky Blues. The midfielder has also represented England at youth level.

Matt Godden

The experienced striker joined Coventry from fellow Sky Bet League One side Peterborough United in the summer for an undisclosed fee. His best run of form in the EFL came at Stevenage, where he scored 30 goals in 72 league games, prior to his move to London Road. He scored 14 goals in his sole season there, before signing for the Sky Blues. 10 goals in 22 appearances in the current campaign means he is the club’s top scorer so far this season.

Who’s the ref?

Marc Edwards will be the man in charge when Rovers take on Coventry on Saturday, and you can find out more about him here.

Last time out

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw when the two sides last met in Sky Bet League One in September. Captain Ben Whiteman gave Rovers a half-time lead, before Amadou Bakayoko secured a share of the spoils late on.


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