The games are coming at a rate of knots. We’ve barely had a chance to finish snogging the face off Saturday’s performance before the latest leg of the CCFC Excitement Bus rolls into town, but you won’t hear anyone complaining.

I know many will still be fretting about daring to get too keen, but after two stunning victories to set us going in the league, all eyes will be on the Ricoh tonight to see if the players can replicate the level of football that has seen them take the early, albeit noticeable lead in the League One table.

Perennial Ricoh killjoys Crewe will be joining us, and the hope is they don’t have designs on spoiling things like they did the last time we all got overly excited.

How are they getting on?

They’ve not started very well at all. They’ve yet to score a goal in the league, after a 0-0 draw on the opening day followed by a 2-0 defeat to Scunthorpe at the weekend. Sandwiched between those games was a League Cup lesson by Preston who beat them 3-1 at Gresty Road.

We’re still in August so most of the interpretation and insight has to be taken with a pinch of salt at this stage, but if the last ten days are anything to go by, the smart money would be on us to show Alex who’s boss.

Who could cause us trouble?

It’s our fourth season in this godforsaken league, and during that time no team evoke more memories of rotten luck and disappointing performances than Crewe.

Obviously their squad has evolved over the years, but some of the same names that got on our nerves during our early experiences of League One are still there. Marcus Haber in particular is their tall, strong striker, capable of making a right git of himself if he’s feeling that way inclined.

New signing David Fox brings some experience and quality to the middle of the park in what looks set to be an intriguing contest between him and our dynamic central offering.

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Having taken apart two of the favourites for promotion, Tone would be mad to tinker with things too much. What’s pleasing however is how the players who have come off the bench so far this season have also shown the wherewithal to impact the game as well. Even Marcus Tudgay (as frustrating as he has been in the past) has grabbed a goal and assist in his two appearances to date and is loitering in the wings, primed to get on the pitch again if the opportunity arises.

New loan signing Jacob Murphy impressed as he made his City debut against Millwall at the weekend but will have to go some to dislodge any of the attacking players in our current first choice starting forward line of of O’Brien, Maddison, Armstrong and Lameiras.

We adjusted the arrangement of this attacking line-up against Millwall, with Lameiras taking the right flank opposite Jim O’Brien on the left, with Maddison dropping into the space behind the focal point of Armstrong. We’re likely to see a fluid approach to their shape, so even though we have an idea of what’s worked best to date, there’s no telling how Mowbray will decide set them up to start with.

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Crewe have never lost at the Ricoh which ordinarily would offer cause for concern, but with such a vibrant first week of football under our belts you’d be pretty negative to expect that to have any bearing on the performance of our players this evening.

I’m predicting an extension of the attacking fluidity seen in the opening two fixtures and a comfortable victory, as are the other Lamptey boys.

Neil: Coventry 3 – 0 Crewe

Joey: Coventry 2 – 0 Crewe

Paul: Coventry 3 – 0 Crewe

So, what are you thinking? Share your prediction below:

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1 comment

  1. For once I think we have a team who are more scared of the manager than they are of the opposition. Arma to get his hat-trick tonight, Madders to open his league account, and Reda from a set piece. Another clean sheet too.

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