In midweek action on Wednesday, Coventry City are set to face Sheffield Wednesday at St. Andrew’s in a crucial relegation clash. The two sides have been struggling for points and this is somewhat of a six-pointer, in what has been a tumultuous Championship season.
The Sky Blues currently sit in 18th position, seven points ahead of their opponents who are in the relegation zone, one place above the foot of the table.
It has been a chaotic season for the Owls, who have already had two permanent managers, as well as being deducted six points for financial reasons. They are currently in charge under caretaker manager Neil Thompson, who has been in control since Tony Pulis’ dismissal.
However, since Thompson has taken over things have taken an upward turn for the Yorkshire side, going unbeaten in their last four league meetings, winning three. This has put Thompson as one of the favourites to take a permanent role as manager, with Sky Bet labelling him at 2/1, second favourite behind Roy Keane to take on the role.
One of these recent victories was against their midweek opponents, Coventry City. Back in December, they came through a tight 1-0 affair at Hillsborough, with Tom Lees getting the decisive goal to separate the sides, ending the Sky Blues’ eight game unbeaten run.
Since falling short in this fixture, Mark Robins’ side have struggled for form, winning only one of their last five games in all competitions. This has been caused mainly due to a lack of goal threat, with the Sky Blues failing to score in four of these matches.
Injuries to top scorer Matty Godden and summer signing Tyler Walker, have meant that Coventry have lacked a prolific goal scorer, with Maxime Biamou struggling to fulfil the role of his predecessor’s. Robins has recognised this issue, bringing in Brighton loanee Viktor Gyokeres to add to the strike force for the remainder of the season.
On the contrary, Owl’s striker Callum Paterson has found his shooting boots, netting three goals in his last four matches. However, scoring goals has still been a huge challenge for the team as a whole, supported by the fact that they are the lowest scorers in the division.
Although Wednesday cannot escape the relegation zone with victory in this fixture, they can really close the gap on rivals and Thompson can put pressure on the board to reward him with the permanent manager role.
For Coventry, they have to be pleased with this season so far, considering that they were only promoted last season and have the second smallest budget in the league. However, they have a really important run of games on the horizon and this is a great opportunity for Robins’ side to swing the momentum back in their favour.
Like the first encounter, this tie will probably be a low scoring affair, but whichever side is on the right side of the result will gain a huge boost in the race for survival.