Coventry City vs Luton Town Preview - The Coventry Observer

12th Aug, 2022

Coventry City vs Luton Town Preview

Aaron Sutcliffe 29th Sep, 2021 Updated: 29th Sep, 2021

COVENTRY City will move joint-top of the Championship if the Sky Blues can maintain their stunning start to the season when they travel to Luton Town tonight.

Mark Robins side were in irresistible form against Peterborough United in their last outing securing a 3-0 win courtesy of three goals in the space of seven second-half minutes.

That result means Coventry have lost just once in their last seven matches and remain unbeaten since returning to their home city after two seasons at St Andrew’s.

FORM

Coventry currently sit in third place on 19 points and have won three of their last four games but have only secured one win on the road this season.

Luton are down in 17th place on 10 points having failed to win any of their last six matches and have won just once at home all season.

TEAM NEWS

City will be without Fankaty Dabo who is serving the last game of his three-match ban after being sent off late on against Cardiff City earlier this month.

Liam Kelly returned off the bench against Posh and is available for selection again tonight.

Luton have four players missing through injury with Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu, Admiral Muskwe, Fred Onyedinma and Allan Campbell all ruled out.

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID

Sky Blues boss Robins is pleased to have the majority of his squad back from injury and hopes to utilise players from the bench at Kenilworth Road.

Robins said: “It’s important that everybody is ready to go when you’ve got a good bench, we’ve got a quick turnaround, we’ve got to recover well and be ready to play.

“Matty Godden is chomping at the bit, Sheaf wasn’t able to get on, Michael Rose as well, they’ve just got to keep their heads because their chance will come.”

Hatters manager Nathan Jones was full of praise for the job Robins has done with the Sky Blues and is expecting a tough game tonight.

Jones told lutontown.co.uk: “Mark’s done a great job there, they came up from League Two, we were slightly ahead of them, maybe a year ahead of them, but he’s done a wonderful job, they’re in real good form at the minute.

“We have to respect Coventry as we’ve had some real tough battles with them, but it’s Luton, it’s what we do and we’re looking forward to the game.”

KEY PLAYERS

Coventry – Viktor Gyokeres – The Swede has scored seven goals already this season, including five in his last four games, with the right service he should be able to punish a leaky Luton defence.

Luton – Elijah Adebayo – The towering striker has found the net three times this season, scoring a brace in Luton’s last home match against Swansea City where the Hatters threw away a three-goal lead.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Sky Blues have not won any of their last five matches against tonight’s opponents and failed to score in both meetings with Luton last season.

City were beaten two-nil by the Hatters in March earlier this year afer first-half goals from James Bree and Adebayo although Kyle McFadzean was harshly sent off for handball shortly before the break.

PREDICTION

Luton 1-2 Sky Blues – City have had an extra day’s rest for tonight’s clash and should make that count by securing another three points.

 

Kick-off is at 7:45pm.

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