There’s a televised League One on Sunday as Tranmere make the journey to the West Midlands to face Coventry. Mark Robins’ men came crashing back to earth at the New York Stadium last week, can they bounce back from that disappointment in front of the Sky Sports cameras?
After an impressive start to the League One season, Coventry hit the buffers with a 4-0 battering in South Yorkshire. The Sky Blues were second best throughout and struggled to create chances. It was their first defeat of the campaign and it’ll be test of the character within the squad to see if they can bounce back from the minor set-back.
Although it was initially viewed as a disadvantage, Coventry have rather enjoyed playing at St.Andrews this season and they have taken 13 points from a possible 15 at their new temporary home. They haven’t blown sides away with all but one of their victories coming by a single goal margin and they will be feeling confident of remaining unbeaten at home.
Tranmere have not enjoyed their return to League One and have struggled for consistency so far this season. Mickey Mellon’s men have played five away games so far and they’ve lost four of them. They’ve also failed to find the net in three of their games away from Prenton Park.
The men from the Wirrall have looked good at times this campaign although they’ve only won twice and one of those came against a youthful Bolton Wanderers.
With Connor Jennings suspended for this tie, Tranmere are going to have to hope that some of their other players are able to step up. Stefan Payne is their top scorer with four goals although two of those have been tap-ins from barely two yards out. Ollie Banks is capable from range and does have three goals to his name whilst Morgan Ferrier can be a handful on his day.
Tranmere have netted 15 times this season, although a third of those goals came against Bolton and their failure to score at home to Shrewsbury last weekend is a worry.
Coventry have an excellent League One striker in Matt Godden although they have failed to utilise him in recent weeks. He looked isolated at times against Rotherham and wasn’t able to link up with his team-mates. Mark Robins could do with tweaking the system so that the frontman can link with the hugely talented Callum O’Hare and the lively Jordy Hiwula. Amadou Bakayoko and Zaine Westbrooke could be in for recalls and a tactical reshuffle may just help Godden get involved. The striker is the 6/4 favourite to score anytime in this fixture with Betfair.
Captain Liam Kelly has been missed over the last couple of weeks although the midfielder did feature in midweek in the Leasing.com Trophy. Mark Robins has a bit of a conundrum on his hands and he may opt to bring him straight back into the match-day squad. Kelly could be used as a makeshift centre-back although it’s more likely that he will be reinstated to the centre of midfield. Liam Walsh may drop out at his expense. Coventry certainly look to have a better balance when Kelly starts although whether he can last more than 70 minutes remains to be seen.
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