With an unbeaten run as long as your arm, culminating in an righteous spanking of Doncaster last weekend, things just got interesting for the Sky Blues. Very interesting.

Next up, we welcome our long-time Championship foes Preston to the Ricoh Arena for a game of “Who can stop the Sky Blues Express and its rampant nature”.

Wooo woooooo.

How are they getting on?

It’s now 5 league games since they last won. Mind you, prior to that, they went on a 5 game unbeaten run, so they could just as easily turn it around again.

They’re still holding on to an impressive goal difference, and a lot of that’s to do with the goals they’ve managed on their travels. 16 they’ve got so far this year, which is comparable with plenty of the better teams in the league.

Who could cause us trouble?

Job one is to look at their top scorer list – Nicky Wroe is the main man here, with 5 league goals and 8 altogether. Our experience of top scorers has not been too great this year as they invariably give us a bit of grief. Five’s not a huge number, but he’s the one to look out for.

There’s also a Sodje – this time journeyman Akpo – who’s got a decent number of strikes so far.

But the name that’s popping up more than any other on the forums is Stuart Beavon. He joined in the summer after a successful year with Wycombe, and he scored what everyone thought was the 90th minute winner against Bury the other night – until they went and equalised a couple of minutes later. Their fans seem mighty keen on his ability to grab a goal in some form, so keep ’em peeled.

Sky Blues team news

Carl Baker has returned from his suspension and Robins has a call to make; bring back the captain who was in great form, or stick with the young gun who’s playing his former club, having scored a screamer in his previous game.

What a dilemma, eh? But a beautiful one to have. I reckon he’s going to base it on who’s trained better this week, and while I reckon Barton’s probably dynamite during most weeks, I can see Carl Baker desperate to come straight back in after a few manic sessions. Plus, he fits the home formation far nicer, and this’ll allow Franck to return to the left.

Meanwhile James Bailey is coming to the end of his emergency loan period, and I’m getting a little worried that we haven’t tied him up for longer yet. He and Jennings are really clicking right now – I’d much prefer him to stick around.

Prediction

We’ve just spanked 2nd in the league. Logic dictates that we should be more confident than we’ve been all season. I have to predict a win, and I’m confident that we can do the business once more.

3 – 0.

The realms of fantasy.

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