Back-to-back victories for QPR have given the battle for Championship survival fresh impetus.
Coventry are one of a number of sides looking over their shoulders, and the Sky Blues have won only two of their last nine Championship matches to leave with just a six-point buffer to the bottom three.
Birmingham seemed more likely to be mounting a play-off challenge than flirting with relegation in the early part of the campaign. But the Blues have been dragged into danger after winning just one win of their last eight games.
The Midlands pair meet at the Coventry Building Society Arena on Friday night and it should be an informative contest.
Coventry are 8/13 for victory on Friday night, with Birmingham 18/5 and the draw available at 13/5. It’s 5/6 about there being over/under 2.5 and 4/5 that both teams get on the scoresheet at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
For the hosts, Kasey Palmer and Fabio Tavares are expected to miss out again due to injury.
As for Birmingham, Ethan Laird picked up an injury at the weekend and will probably make way for Leeds loanee Cody Drameh. Keshi Anderson, George Hall, Alfie Chang and Tyler Roberts are unlikely to feature.
Coventry to win @ 8/13
Things looked fairly bright for Birmingham in the early weeks of the season as the Blues went unbeaten in their first five Championship matches under former boss John Eustace.
Fast forward a few months and it’s only one win in eight for the Blues and new manager Wayne Rooney is already under intense pressure.
The Blues were held to a 0-0 stalemate by Rotherham at St Andrew’s last time out and prior to that bore draw they were hammered 4-2 at Blackburn.
Birmingham have kept only one clean sheet in their last 11 matches and it’s difficult to see the Blues taking anything from their trip to Coventry.
Coventry were beaten 2-1 by promotion hopefuls Ipswich at the weekend, but the Sky Blues missed a penalty, registered nine shots and six corners in a decent display at Portman Road.
That away defeat followed excellent victories over Plymouth and Millwall, and it’s worth noting that Coventry have lost just one of their nine home Championship matches this season.
Over 3.5 goals @ 9/4
Four of Birmingham’s last six matches have featured at least four goals and there have been 14 strikes in the Blues’ last three away Championship games, so it seems wise to expect plenty of goalmouth action in Coventry.
The Blues should pose a threat to Coventry given that they have scored four goals in their last three away contests, but they have also kept only one clean sheet in their nine second-tier road trips this season.
Rooney's visitors look likely to be involved in another goal-laden clash on Friday.
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