With an FA Cup fifth round tie at home to Maidstone United, both Coventry City and Sheffield Wednesday know that the prize for winning their replay on Tuesday night (19:45) is massive.
The chance to face a sixth-tier side on home soil for a place in the last eight. Of course, Ipswich Town underestimated George Elokobi’s side to their own downfall, but both of these clubs will fancy their chances of making it to the quarter-finals.
Below we have previewed the tie and come up with a couple of betting selections for you to consider.
Coventry will be without their key midfielder Ben Sheaf after he picked up a hamstring injury that will rule him out for six weeks. It means January signing Victor Torp is likely to start in midfield, while Matty Godden could come into the fold up front.
Liam Kitching is suspended after being sent off at Norwich last time out, so Luis Binks will start in his place, while Jake Bidwell is likely to be rested. Wide man Tatsuhiro Sakamoto was seen limping after the loss to Norwich, so he could miss this one, with Fabio Tavares in need of some gametime.
Meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday are without Cameron Dawson, Dominic Iorfa, Callum Paterson and Juan Delgado, as they are all out long term. Goalkeeper James Beadle, Ian Poveda and Kristian Pedersen are all cup-tied while Josh Windass and Marvin Johnson both missed out at the weekend and are unlikely to be risked.
Coventry are priced at 8/15 for the win, while Sheffield Wednesday are 5/1 to take all three points. A draw in 90 minutes is 10/3, BTTS is 4/5 and over 2.5 goals is 8/11.
Coventry to win and over 1.5 goals @ 4/5
The Sky Blues are clear favourites for this match, and you can see why. Despite the draw last weekend, they have beaten the Owls twice in the league this season, and arguably should have won again at Hillsborough. Interesting, with a lack of wide players, Mark Robins decided to revert back to a back five in that game - a decision which cost his side on the pitch.
They lacked fluidity, and I can’t see him making that mistake again. The defeat against Norwich ended a long unbeaten run, but the Sky Blues should be able to get past this Sheffield Wednesday side on home soil. Danny Rohl’s team were hammered 4-0 by Huddersfield last time out, and survival has to be their number one priority.
Coventry have also scored at least two goals in eight of their last ten outings, so adding them to score at least twice improves our odds to 4/5 for this selection.
Kasey Palmer to score anytime @ 15/8
Kasey Palmer will have a serious point to prove here. He was racially abused at Hillsborough during the league game, and then booed with every touch during the FA Cup draw the following week. He will be desperate to get at this Wednesday defence and with Sakamoto and Callum O’Hare likely to be rested, he is almost certain to start.
He scored a sensational long-range strike against Oxford United in round three and I believe he will be desperate to get on the scoresheet here. Coventry are lacking goals from their number nine, and instead relying on their wide players and attacking midfielders to register. If that trend continues here then Palmer can profit.
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