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Leicester v Coventry – Match Preview

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Leicester City takes on rivals Coventry City in front of the BBC cameras tomorrow afternoon. Both teams are in the hunt for promotion, but it’s Leicester who has the far superior chance of getting to the Premier League. Fans like to call this the M69 derby, and it’s probably the most anticipated derby game as a Leicester fan. It will most likely be a heated game on Sunday afternoon between these two sides.

THE TEAMS
Leicester,
after losing against Sheffield Wednesday two weeks ago, it seems Leicester have hit full gear again after that dismal performance against the ‘Owls’. Nigel Pearson’s side are currently unbeaten in two league games, and after a midweek win against Crystal Palace they were able to snatch fourth spot on goal difference, Leicester’s next step will undoubtedly be catching East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest who are currently sitting in 3rd place. The point’s gap between Leicester and Forest is very small and if Billy Davies’s side suffer a shock loss at home today, and Leicester defeat Coventry tomorrow there will only be one point separating the two sides. It’s all in Leicester’s hands now they cannot afford a massive slip up at this stage of the season, the home form is brilliant; however the away form still looks shabby.

Coventry have hit form at the right time as they currently sit 10th in the Championship table. Many fans thought that Coventry would have another mediocre season and end up finishing in a mid-table spot; however those critics are firmly out of the window at the minute. Only five points off a play-off place, Chris Coleman’s side need to hit a consistent patch, that’s only if they want to try and claim a play-off place at the end of the season. The ‘Sky Blues’ are currently on a very inconsistent run as they have won three matches out of six, and considering they were doing nicely they have suffered a little blip of form, as they haven’t won in the league in two games. After an astonishingly poor second half performance against Cardiff in midweek, Coventry needs to regenerate themselves for the match against Leicester.

TEAM NEWS
Leicester
– Central defender Wayne Brown could well return for the game against Coventry, however fellow defender Alex Bruce is likely to remain sidelined. Loan signing James Vaughan will also be out for the Derby day clash.

Coventry – Key midfielder Sammy Clingan could well make a return tomorrow afternoon, as the midfielder has recovered from a calf strain; however former Bristol City winger Michael McIndoe is injured.

KEY PLAYERS
Leicester – Martyn Waghorn
. Waghorn proved to be the vital asset in the clash between Coventry and Leicester earlier in the season. Waghorn scored the ‘Foxes’ only goal that day as he expertly finished on the half volley. The on loan star will cause the Coventry defence problems, with his power and his pace.

 

Coventry – Sammy Clingan. Coventry will be overwhelmed as key player Sammy Clingan has be declared fully fit for this game. In my opinion Clingan is one of the best centre midfielders in this league, and that’s coming from a Leicester fan. His set piece deliveries are first class, so the Leicester defence will have to be wary of them. Also he likes to get forward quite a lot, so the Leicester midfield will have to close Clingan down as much as they can tomorrow.

MATCH PREDICTION
This game could well be a close one, both teams are fighting for a play-off place but it’s undoubtedly Leicester who is the better side at the moment. The ‘Foxes’ home form is brilliant while Coventry is on a decent run, but the ‘Sky Blues’ have failed to win in two games. Also another stat is Leicester have always beaten rivals Coventry at the Walkers Stadium. This game will most likely have goals in it, and as Leicester have played well at home I am going for, Leicester 3-1 Coventry.

MATCH STATS
Kick Off – 2.00pm, Sunday
Date – 21/03/2010
Ground – Walkers Stadium
Managers – Nigel Pearson/Chris Coleman

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