Coventry vs Stoke City
England – Championship
Date: Saturday, 26 December 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: St. Andrew’s Stadium.
The Potters are one of the best teams in the competition. They are placed seventh in the table at the moment – just outside the top-six (playoff spots).
However, note that the sixth-placed Middlesbrough have the same number of points, and the fifth-placed Watford (who are pitted against toppers Norwich this weekend) have just a point extra.
As such, a great performance at the St. Andrew’s Stadium will most probably help Michael O’Neill’s men to climb into the top-six.
And they kind of have the perfect opponent for it this Saturday. They take on the struggling Sky Blues this game week, who have a total of four wins from their preceding eighteen fixtures.
Two of these victories had come against teams from the bottom-most tier of the table, including the dead-last placed Wycombe.
Going on, the Potters also have a good h2h record against this rival in the past two decades.
As such, expect the determined Stoke to secure the three points this Saturday.
Coventry vs Stoke: Head-to-head (h2h)
- O’Neill’s men had recorded five of the previous eight overall wins.
- They had scored two or more goals in the former two clashes.
- Since 2003, they have lost just two Championship match-ups.
- At this venue, the hosts recorded the latest league victory in 2003.
- Three of the preceding six league meetings at this stadium saw the home team failing to find the back of the net.
Coventry vs Stoke: Prediction
Mark Robins’s men lost 1-0 on the road the last match-day, against Sheffield Wednesday. Note that the latter are placed second to last in the table.
In the meantime, the Potters registered a 1-0 win at home, against Blackburn.
Going on, the Sky Blues were winless in six of their former nine appearances at home, and they had also failed to score in four of their preceding seven such games.
On the other hand, their counterparts were winless in 25 of their last 31 match-ups, and of their total five defeats this season, three had come against teams currently in top-five of the table.
Going on, O’Neill’s men also have a good h2h record against this foe over the years, and even at this venue.
Taking these stats into account, expect Stoke to dominate proceedings this Saturday.
Coventry vs Stoke: Betting Tips
Double Chance: Stoke or Draw @ 1.40 (2/5)
Stoke to Win Either Half @ 1.80 (4/5).