Foot Predictions shows Saturday’s championship clash between Coventry City and Derby County, including hunches, betting tips and possible lineups.
Coventry City and Derby County face off at St Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon, with just three points separating the teams in the championship standings.
The home team, which occupies 20th position, is just three points above the relegation zone, while Rams remains in trouble after the heavy defeat in Cardiff City on Tuesday night.
Wayne Rooney has done wonders to take Derby out of the last three, raising a group of players who regularly underperformed Phillip Cocu was in charge.
However, Rams still have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to stay in the division, especially after the setback at Cardiff’s midweek.
Even though Rooney took the opportunity to rest several important men, he stressed that the legend of England may have to become very dependent on its leaders in the weeks to come.
After four points won in so many other games, Derby still has a distance between them and the relegation zone, but cannot afford to lose to opponents who will feel a chance to make significant advances in the classification.
Mark Robins he will not be happy with the recent recovery of his team, the only victory in nine games against Brentford, candidate for promotion.
However, while the Sky Blues managed to stay out of the last three, that task was made difficult thanks to the late defeat to Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.
The setback marked the second time in five home games Coventry had lost from a winning position, the other time against Nottingham Forest in early February.
While Robins has few complaints about how competitive his players are in games, the lack of a relentless streak threatens to undermine his overall performance.
Coventry has not scored more than twice in a game since December 5, a period that spans 19 games in all competitions.
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Rooney will make several changes to his Derby XI, including delivering a recall to attack Colin Kazim-Richards.
Nathan Byrne, Max Bird, Jason Knight and Martyn Waghorn are also in contention to figure in the initial line-up.
Coventry is still without a main defender Leo Ostigard, which fulfills the final game of its suspension.
Matty James he may return to the team after his departure as a midweek substitute, but Robins is unlikely to make any major changes.
Possible initial lineup for Coventry City:
Wilson; Hyam, McFadzean, Rose; Dabo, James, Hamer, McCallum; O’Hare; Walker, Biamou
Possible initial line-up for Derby County:
Kangaroos; Byrne, Wisdom, Clarke, Buchanan; Bird, Shinnie; Jozwiak, Knight, Sibley; Kazim-Richards
Probability: Coventry City 1-1 Derby County
Suspicious of Rotherham’s ongoing games, don’t expect this game to be full of action at both ends. With that in mind, we bet on a draw with few goals between two clubs that will not want to end the week without an extra point on the scoreboard.
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