4th Dec, 2021

FOOTBALL - Sheffield United vs Coventry City Preview

COVENTRY City are aiming to maintain their promotion push when they travel to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane tomorrow lunchtime live on Sky Sports.

 

The Sky Blues secured a stunning 3-2 come from behind win against Bristol City in their last outing with Matty Godden scoring an injury-time winner at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

 

The victory means City remain fourth in the table – four points clear of the teams outside of the Sky Bet Championship play-off places.

 

Their opponents Sheffield United have struggled for form this term and find themselves in 17th place – following their relegation from the Premier League last season.

 

The Blades have lacked consistency this campaign and have failed to win in four of their last five matches.

 

FORM

Coventry will be buzzing after their win against the Robins – twice coming from behind to secure the points despite Ian Maatsen’s first-half dismissal.

 

Matty Godden scored a brace whilst Callum O’Hare netted his first goal of the season to ensure City went into the international break on a positive note.

 

Sheffield United have lost their last two matches at home – suffering disappointing defeats to both Blackpool and Millwall.

 

And the Blades were also beaten in their last outing as they surrendered an early lead before eventually losing 3-1 away at Blackburn Rovers.

 

TEAM NEWS

Coventry are without Dutch wing-back Maatsen after his red card against Bristol City but otherwise have a fully fit squad to choose from.

 

Sheffield United are set to be without Jack O’Connell (knee), Sander Berge (hamstring), Luke Freeman and Oliver Burke (both leg) for Saturday’s clash at Bramall Lane.

 

KEY PLAYERS

Coventry – Simon Moore – The Sky Blues goalkeeper has impressed between the sticks since his arrival in the Summer having been released by the Blades at the end of last season.

 

Moore made 70 appearances during his five seasons in Sheffield and his experience and knowledge of the club could prove vital this weekend.

 

Sheffield United – Morgan Gibbs-White – The on-loan Wolves midfielder has proved to be a real goal threat this season with four strikes to his name already in just 11 league appearances.

 

The 21-year-old is a regular for England at youth level and won the FIFA under-17 World Cup with England back in 2017.

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The two teams last met in April 2017 when City were beaten 2-0 at Bramall Lane thanks to goals from two former Sky Blues players in Leon Clarke and John Fleck.

 

Coventry’s last away win against the Blades came in February 2013 when Clarke netted both of City’s goals in a League One fixture.

 

The two teams have a similar record against each other with United claiming 23 wins to City’s 22 whilst there has been 18 draws.

 

PREDICTION

Sheffield United 1-1 Sky Blues – The form book would point to a Coventry win but given City’s struggles on the road a draw looks most likely in South Yorkshire.

 

Coventry’s match against Sheffield United takes place on Saturday, November 20 with kick-off at 12:30pm at Bramall Lane.

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