The international break is officially over and the Championship returns as Hull City host Coventry City on Friday night, with kick-off at 7.45pm. Below we take a look at where the value lies.
The traders here at Betfred have this game as an open encounter according to the odds. Coventry are the betting favourites, with a price of 6/4 to grab the three points. Hull are available at 13/8 to get the W with the draw a 9/4 shot. We are also just about expecting Both Teams to Score with Yes available at 4/6 and No at 11/10. Over 2.5 is also just about the choice at 4/5 with the unders 10/11. Matty Godden (who you may hear about later) is joint top-price to score anytime coming in at 9/5 alongside Haji Wright.
Hull City’s Manchester City loanee Liam Delap scored for England’s U21s over the break in a 3-0 win over Luxembourg, and he will return to the MKM full of confidence. Meanwhile, fellow forward Aaron Connolly appeared for Ireland and club manager Liam Rosenior will be able to welcome both of them back into the fold for this one.
Mark Robins isn’t quite so lucky. Two of his regular starters Joel Latibeaudiere and Kasey Palmer played in the game against Haiti at 1am (BST) on Wednesday morning. Given recovery and flight time back to the UK, they are unlikely to be able to start in this one, which will seriously hamper the Sky Blues.
Hull to win and BTTS Yes
Hull City secured a huge 1-0 win at Leicester City before the break to take them into the top six, and Liam Rosenior’s side have been impressive so far this season. However, they are coming up against a talented Coventry team still looking to get going this season. They’ve drawn their last three games and only lost against Leicester in a game they should have won on the opening day.
However, there are slight issues on squad depth for the away side. With Callum O’Hare and Jamie Allen still not ready to start this game, Kasey Palmer’s likely absence in the number ten position could impact the creativity of this side. The talented Yasin Ayari on loan from Brighton will have to step up into the attacking midfield role, but that means Josh Eccles will start in the middle of the park, and he was poor against Watford.
New signing Liam Kitching should come straight in for Latibeaudiere so there are no issues with that change, but this even encounter is a tough one to call. Hull have looked so good this term and with their host of attacking talent should be able to rock a Coventry defence that looked shaky at home to Watford. The same fixture last year finished 3-2 to the home side, and Coventry’s forwards should be able to find the net at least once to give us this 4/1 shot.
Matt Godden to score anytime
Coventry may have spent big on Haji Wright and Ellis Simms this summer, but those new arrivals have sparked Matt Godden into life. The 32-year-old was rewarded with a new contract this summer and has started the season superbly, scoring four goals in six matches in all competitions.
He scored the final equaliser late on in the 3-3 draw against Watford having missed a penalty earlier in the game, and his natural goalscoring ability makes him a constant threat in the box. If the away side can create just one chance for him, Godden should be able to finish it.