After two defeats in a row, at home against Yeovil (an ugly one) and on the road to Notts County, players of Coventry managed to bounce back with a better performance on the road to Crawley Town last Saturday evening. It was important three pointer with a 1:2 result that kept them in the play-off race for now.
They have entered the game very strongly, taking the lead in fifth minute already with a goal from Ponticelli. Hosts responded within next minutes thanks to Young, but should be said that the players of Coventry remained being better. As the time progressed they improved and increased pressure, deserving another leading goal from Ponticelli fifteen minutes before the end.
It was their first victory after three rounds, as the side now stands at seventh position and have just a point more than out of play-off zone placed Mansfield, meaning that a victory here is their only target.
Coventry should play in 4-3-3 formation with Ponticelli, McNulty and Clarke-Harris as forwards. Offensive midfielder Jodi Jones (19/5) is injured, same as long term absentee offensive Tony Andreu (5/0). Their coach probably won’t change much for this one.
Stevenage, on the other side, had a decent run of four matches without defeat, two victories and a draw before they suffered 0:2 home loss against Cambridge United last Saturday. The game itself wasn’t that interesting, especially not in the first halftime, however the things got changed in second.
It looked like the guests were bit more concentrated in attack and more willing to risk, opening the scoreline in 54th minute via Corr, while the same player doubled up the lead for Cambridge in 83rd minute leaving no time for the hosts to respond back.
After this defeat, the team is at quite safe fifteenth position having no relegation worries but also neither promotional hopes. Away from home they have been generally weak all season long and now without competitive motive, it’s difficult to see them walking away with something.
Guests will play in their typical 4-4-2 formation with Newton and Revell as forwards. Forward Ben Kennedy (32/7) is doubtful for this one.
~ Coventry has over 3.5 goals in last three home matches played.
Victory over Crawley have boosted the morale of Coventry, but also their chances to reach the play-off. Having that in mind, the team against needs a three pointer this time against quite uninterested Stevenage. The team seems to be going in right direct at the moment, have surely some individual quality in comparison to Stevenage and should get the points even easier than what the odds suggest.