Coventry City Vs Birmingham City – Preview
Posted on October 31, 2006
Filed Under Previews By Aff
I’d like to say that I really don’t know how to write a match preview. Hoobs has really left me in the deep brown mucky stuff and I hope that he has more work on his plate than he can realistically expect to handle in seventeen lifetimes!
Anyone interested in taking the job over? This way please. You have to be funny… I’m not.
There’s an expectation about tonight’s game with Coventry City set to have their highest attendance ever at the Ricoh Arena and Blues selling almost 5,000 away tickets for the short trip. Blues have won three on the bounce and Coventry have won 3 out of their last four with a 1-0 defeat at the Molineux also in there.
Blues are obviously without captain Damien Johnson after the horror clash with Paul Robinson against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday and it’ll be interesting to see what line-up Bruce puts out. Larsson was placed on the left-hand side when McSheffrey went up top on Saturday and, from what I’ve been told, did a good job.
Sheffchenko took his two goals exceptionally well against West Brom on Saturday and the temptation to stick him up top with Bendtner from Arsenal will be a big one for Steve Bruce. What worries me is that if Larsson is out-wide left, Bruce might stick Neil Danns out wide right. It would be much more balanced with Clemence / Muamba in the middle with Gray and Larsson out wide and the Shef and Bendtner up front.
Personally I think Bruce will start with Jerome partnering the Bendy one up front with McSheff on the left. Of course, this is a big game for McSheffrey personally as well as for Stern John and Dele Adebola of Coventry. There’ll probably be a highly charged atmosphere and some have suggested leaving McSheffrey out for the game.
I can think of no mistake bigger since he’ll be right up for this one – as I suspect Stern John and Dele Adebola will be for the Sky Blues. Well, as much as Stern John ever gets up for anything. I’ve never seen a man so relaxed in my life.
Blues can go into the game in confident mood after the win against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Coventry recorded a win away at relegation threatened Barnsley.
Blues could go second tonight if results go our way whereas results against could see us drop down to ninth. It’s a big night of football in the Championship as well as on the European stage.
Blues are 8/5 for the win with Coventry slight favourites at 7/5. You can get 11/5 on the draw with Paddy Power.
Aff prediction : Coventry City 1-1 Birmingham City – Bendy to score.