Coventry’s quest for a second successive season in the play-offs continues on Wednesday night as they travel to an unpredictable Plymouth Argyle (19:45).
The Sky Blues moved back up into sixth with a win over Millwall on Sunday, but the chasing pack are beginning to gain confidence as the likes of Preston North End, Sunderland and Norwich City continue to pick up wins.
Below we’ve taken a look at this Championship clash, and suggested a couple of betting tips for you to consider.
Coventry City are without midfield duo Ben Sheaf and Jamie Allen for the next six weeks. It means options in the middle of the park are limited for Mark Robins, with January signing Victor Torp being thrown in at the deep end since his arrival. He could be partnered by Josh Eccles or Joel Latibeaudiere, a centre-back who added more steel to the midfield in the second half against Millwall - while Liam Kitching is available again after his suspension.
Plymouth are without Michael Cooper, Jordan Houghton and Mustapha Bundu, while manager Ian Foster may be tempted into changes after two tough defeats to Leeds United and Sunderland respectively. Lino Sousa could come into the team along with Julio Pleguezuelo as Argyle look to pick up more points on home soil.
Coventry are the favourites to win this one, priced at 10/11 to take all three points. Meanwhile, Plymouth are priced at 5/2 and a draw is available at 11/4. Goals are the order of the day at Home Park, as over 2.5 goals is 4/7 and BTTS is 8/15.
Haji Wright to score anytime @ 13/8
I’m beginning to sound like a broken record when tipping these Coventry matches - but I’m just a massive fan of Haji Wright. We backed him to score anytime against Millwall on Sunday and he responded with a brace as the Sky Blues came from behind in a 2-1 win. Interestingly, he had a game of rock-paper-scissors with Callum O’Hare to decide who took the penalty. His manager wasn’t happy about that but it could mean Wright is now the designated taker which increases his chances of a goal.
I’d expect him to play off the left for this match, having started in the number nine role against Millwall. Coventry scored twice after he was moved wide and it’s clear to see he is more productive in that position. Ellis Simms or Matty Godden should start down the middle at Home Park, meaning we get to see Haji in full flight against a leaky Plymouth defence.
Over 3.5 goals @ 6/4
I have a feeling we could go goal crazy at Home Park on Wednesday night. Plymouth’s last two results have been 3-1 and 4-1 defeats and although the latter came in extra-time against Leeds United, it does show they are culpable to conceding a glut of goals. In fact, five of their last seven Championship home games have had over 3.5 goals and 12 of their last 14 have had over 2.5.
With Morgan Whittaker and co they are always likely to score, with their last blank coming against QPR on the 13th December. I fully expect Plymouth to score while Coventry have proven themselves to be a strong attacking force over the past two months. They’ve scored in every match since the 11th November, and scored at least twice in eight of their last nine games.
This could be a cracker, and I think we’ve been conservative with over 3.5 goals. Over 5.5 goals is 7/1 if you fancy a longshot.
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