Monday, 25 February 2013

Sky Blues will be another stiff test for the Cherries

In the space of just four days the Cherries take on another of the top placed sides in this season's League One as a rejuvenated Coventry City visit the Goldsands Stadium. Coventry have seen a resurgence of form of late as they followed Bournemouth up the league under the direction of Mark Robins who they parted company with this month when he left for Huddersfield Town. But last time out caretaker manager Lee Carsley saw the Sky Blues narrowly lose at home to Crewe Alexandra. Crewe had also won through to the JPT final 3:2 on aggregate against Coventry only just three days before their league encounter this Saturday.

Coventry will be desperate to revitalise their promotion challenge having slipped to eighth place, just two places behind the Cherries who are also in need of a win following their only home defeat since Eddie Howe's return to the club.

Coventry's turnaround in the season had largely been helped by the goals of David McGoldrick, but the Cherries will be pleased that he returned to Nottingham Forest in the January transfer window. In his loan spell at Coventry McGoldirck scored 16 goals in 22 games. Without the services of McGoldrick, Carsley has had to fall back on the strike force of Leon Clarke (8 goals) and Stephen Elliott (4 goals), but midfielder Carl Barker has also weighed in with a hefty eight goals this season.

Aaron Martin is also set to line up against the Cherries in Coventry's back line at centre half following his recent loan move from the Saints. It will be Martin's debut for Coventry as he missed the Crewe game through a hamstring injury. I'm sure the Saints man will receive a warm welcome at Dean Court!

I've also heard that striker Cody McDonald has been recalled by Coventry from Gillingham loan so he is likely to play a part in tomorrow's game.

Meanwhile, Coventry City are in a rental areas dispute with Arena Coventry Ltd who say they are owed £1.3m in back rent from the Sky Blues and have managed to freeze the club's bank accounts to try and force a settlement.

Betting for the next permanent Coventry City manager is currently very close between Phil Brown, Lee Carsley, Keith Curle and John Pemberton.

Coventry's League form: DWLWL

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