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Preview: Coventry City v Blues

Blues travel to Coventry City in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday night.

The short journey along the M6 is the final away fixture of the month for Lee Bowyer's side and will see them debut the Club's limited edition third kit that was released on Friday.

It is also a landmark outing, being the Club's first visit for a fixture against the Sky Blues in Coventry since a second round League Cup tie in August 2012.

And the midweek clash critically provides an instant opportunity to bounce back from Saturday's controversial defeat at Hull City, Blues' first pointless outing on the road since the middle of October.

Having picked up a win and a loss in their two previous outings this November, Coventry will enter the CBS Arena on the back of a goalless draw at Sheffield United. And history suggests goals may also be in short supply midweek as just seven counters have been recorded in the teams' last six league meetings, with the last three of these ending in draws.

THE OPPOSITION:

Despite general struggles on the road, Coventry have been in frightening form at home. They are only second to AFC Bournemouth when it comes to collecting points as hosts, averaging 1.44 points per game more at the Coventry Building Society Arena than on their travels and scoring 76% of their 25 league goals in CV6.

And this cause has been helped by their ability to strike late, scoring four times beyond the 90-minute mark and seeing three of these convert one point into three at the death. Such maximums mean Mark Robins' men have won 13 home games this calendar year, with the club not having won more than the 'unlucky number' since their annual tally of 16 back in 1966.

Under Robins, they look on course to better their 2020/21 finish of 16th and, in Callum O'Hare, possess a player who has created the most chances (36) from open play in the Championship.

The chief playmaker may have only found the net once himself, but goals have been free-flowing from two of Coventry's strikers. Viktor Gyokeres and Matthew Godden have nine and six counters respectively, with the team currently in fifth place being the league's seventh highest scorers.

LAST TIME OUT:

Blues left Humberside empty-handed on a frustrating afternoon for anyone of a Birmingham City persuasion. George Honeyman's first-half opener should not have stood, with the ball clearly running out of a play in the build-up, before Gary Gardner was sent-off for an off the ball incident in the 43rd minute. The Tigers added a second after the interval when Mallik Wilks headed home at the far post shortly before the hour mark to seal a 2-0 win for Hull.

Coventry picked up their third away draw of the season as they held Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. The home side were booed off by some of their supporters at half-time of the encounter but did improve after the break only to be foiled by their former 'keeper Simon Moore. He did well to deny Morgan Gibbs-White late on, with Coventry's best attempt coming when Gyokeres tested Wes Foderingham

WE MEET AGAIN: 

Blues 1-1 Coventry City, 30 January 2021

The spoils were shared when the sides faced off at St. Andrew's earlier this year. Blues had led as early as the 18th minute when Jeremie Bela converted a penalty after Ivan Sanchez was fouled. However, Gustavo Hamer prevented the home side from kicking on as he finished from Ben Sheaf's assist before the break. There were chances for Blues in the second-half, with the best of these seeing Lukas Jutkiewicz denied from six yards out.

BLUES TEAM NEWS:

Tahith Chong, Maxime Colin, George Friend, Jordan Graham, Kristian Pedersen and Ivan Sanchez are all absent through injury. Gary Gardner is suspended.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Blues wins: 24

Draws: 18

Coventry City: 17

LAST FIVE MEETINGS:

Championship 31 Jan 2021: Blues 1-1 Coventry City

Championship 20 Nov 2020: Coventry City 0-0 Blues

FA Cup 04 Feb 2020: Blues 2-2 Coventry City AET (4-1 on penalties)

FA Cup 25 Jan 2020: Coventry City 0-0 Blues

League Cup 28 Aug 2012: Coventry City 3-2 Blues

BLUESTV:

The game is available to watch live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage starting at 7pm on both channels for the 7.45pm kick-off.

There will just be audio commentary available on BluesTV to those in the UK.

MATCH OFFICIALS:

Referee: Leigh Doughty

Assistant Referees: Robert Merchant and Richard Wild

Fourth Official: Joshua Smith

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