Morning all. Welcome to my words, recently described as akin to a six-year old’s. Enjoy them.
Following a week of Superstore openings, MK Dons ticketing panic, Lamptey Show returns, Blog award pestering and Conor Thomas adulation, I’m just about ready for some football again. I only caught 30 minutes of the AFC Wimbledon game last week, thanks in part to a questionable feed and relentless stream of pop-ups questioning my loin size. Fingers crossed this game will be different.
If we win we could be up to 8th, putting us well on course to enter the play-off spots by Christmas (which I so boldy predicted to myself a few hours ago). You can’t put anything past this bunch at the moment. We’re riddled with goals, speed, confidence and charisma. A win today would make it 5 in the row (in all comps). This level of form is unheard of, especially the consecutive element.
Step one in this plan is to defeat Bradford City, a team who have undergone a tremendous resurgence over the last 12 months, following a torrid decade of decline.
Let’s have a think about our chances…
How are they getting on?
It’s five league games without a win for Bradford, and yet still they remain within a win of the play-off places. For a team coming off the back of a promotion it’s not been that bad at all, regardless of how frustrating the previous month has felt for them.
I’ve seen quite a few people reference their home record in the build up to this game, but this season it’s reading Won 4, Drawn 1, Lost 2. That’s pretty decent I guess, but there are seven better teams at home this season. And as for last season? Again OK, but nothing spectacular. Have I missed something?
The stats suggest nothing more than regular home form so that’s how I’m judging it. We’re up against a decent team, but they’re in the midst of a rough patch.
Who could cause us trouble?
Excuse the cliché, but yes, Nahki Wells is the dangerman. Following his 26 goals last year and a further 9 so far this, the man is either riding the crest of a ridiculously long wave or is actually a very good player. We both know the answer to that. He poses a genuine threat, and with the battle for top scorer taking centre stage, all parties will be looking to assert their dominance in the mental goalscoring stakes.
Wells aside, James Hanson isn’t too far behind with 6 league goals, and he adds ably to what is a nimble and effective attacking unit. Watch out for former Charlton man Kyel Reid too – he can be a right handful when he wants to be.
Sky Blues team news
It’s all fallen back into place again and Pressley’s got his favourite starting line-up back. John Fleck earned himself a nice rest (disguised as a suspension) for the FA Cup game, but will return to his rightful spot in the centre of the midfield. Cyrus is also raring to go to, so he’ll continue his re-integration back into the team.
Squad-wise, Billy Daniels is back after his op and is hoping to find a spot on the bench.
As for the rest of our lineup, you can now choose your own team at skybluesblog.co.uk/selector
Also back this week are the Lamptey’s, and the scale is quite rich in potential scorelines. If you expect anything, make it goals…
Neil: Bradford 2 – 4 Coventry
Joey: Bradford 2 – 2 Coventry
Paul: Bradford 0 – 2 Coventry